Sam Lewitt/Cheyney Thompson.Grid. Gradient. Drunken Walks.
19.4. – 30.7.2017

The House of Arts
Malinovského nám. 2, Brno
Open: Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Opening: 18.4.2017

Curator: Karel Císař

The exhibition proceeds from the spatial and institutional fabric of the Brno House of Arts. At the institutional level it intends to rekindle past interest in the reductive and conceptual tendencies. With regard to space it aims to take full advantage of the symmetrical plan of the exhibition floor in the House of Arts, naturally divided into the main hall and the Procházka Hall with adjoining wings. The exhibition brings together and intermingles works by two closely collaborating American artists Sam Lewitt (born 1981 in Los Angeles, lives and works in New York) and Cheyney Thompson (born 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, lives and works in New York). In his work Sam Lewitt focuses on information systems and technologies that shape the life of contemporary society. At the Whitney Museum Biennial in 2012 he worked with molten metal, or more precisely with a mixture of magnetic particles in a liquid, which is employed in computer hard discs. Under the influence of magnetism the liquid condenses into ephemeral shapes suggestive of solid bodies. In this work the artist created a self-contained system which lived a life of its own and resisted any simple definition. Cheyney Thompson creates his works as self-standing deductive systems, in the same vein as Sam Lewitt, exposing the social and economic prerogatives of contemporary art and present-day society. However, contrary to Lewitt, Thompson employs the media of painting and sculpture.



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