new-york

Cheyney Thompson

Andrew Kreps Gallery

One might not guess that one of Louisiana-born, New York–based artist Cheyney Thompson’s inspirations is Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. But, starting with his 2002 exhibition “1 Scenario + 1 Situation,” also at this gallery, the artist has hoped that viewers might respond to his series of small paintings of building materials as they once did to the contemplative boy building a house of cards. With his carefully realized depictions of bricks and two-by-fours floating alone or in elegant yet uncategorizable combinations, Thompson wants to spur the viewer toward a moment of crystal-clear apprehension of the world and the way it’s constructed, as well as an awareness of its fragility.

“1998,” Thompson’s recent exhibition of one hundred thirty-four paintings, indeed triggered another Chardin-like moment of understanding. This time, though, the work—also of sections of brick walls, hammered-together

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