Marcia Thompson

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The role of image I

One Paved Court Gallery, Richmond - London

Marcos Chaves, Carla Guagliardi and Marcia Thompson

Curated by Paula Terra-Neale

Thompson's work occupies the gallery space creating an expanded field, so that even a small work can impregnate the space it is surrounded by. The work is more like a happening. However, the artist uses conventional artistic materials such as paint, drawing notebooks, paper, graphite but in a totally unconventional way. She uses paint in a 3 dimensional way, makes pencil drawings on lined paper that look like objects when hanging on the walls, and turns cheap printed daily newspaper into precious little objects not by taking note of their words but using the ink on paper as colour patches. She interferes with subtle actions subverting normality, both in the objects and the way they are exhibited.

Thompson's boxes of colour are imbued with the spirit of constructivism thus achieving purity in art and its essence. Pure primary colours, reds, blues and yellows, are re-interpreted via neo-concrete 'carioca' experimentalism, which she says that she absorbed in an almost unconscious way

Her oil paintings are not flat, but 3 dimensional, and represent nothing. They sit in the borders between painting and objects, in black, white and sometimes in strong primary colour. There is always something of an act, a gesture, a labouring work, a physical doing in Thompson's works: cutting, drawing, collating, filing, adding, plastering, She needs to be mentally and physically engaged with the work.

For the Little Notepads she uses the most ordinary pieces of paper one can find. she then subverts the geometry of the lines by filling the gaps with other lines or erasing and blurring the lines - playing around with the stablished order and claiming our attention to discreet details of the work.

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