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Cheyney Thompson, Biometrically Secure Punch Clock, 2017, custom electronics, ABS plastic, 6 7/8 x 10 x 3 1/4".

Cheyney Thompson

Andrew Kreps Gallery

Cheyney Thompson, Biometrically Secure Punch Clock, 2017, custom electronics, ABS plastic, 6 7/8 x 10 x 3 1/4".

In the unforgiving hands of Cheyney Thompson, painting is subject to a deconstruction so thoroughgoing and severe that it might better be termed a disembowelment. Having broken the medium down into its constituent parts, Thompson doesn’t so much reassemble it as transport it into other realms entirely, to fields governed by systems and routines more often associated with such divergent realms as mathematics, economics, and manual labor. “Somewhere Some Pictures Sometimes,” the deliberately nebulous title of the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at this gallery, was consistent with the teasingly evasive cast of his enterprise as a whole. There were “some pictures” (of a sort) here, but far from operating as autonomous images or objects, they made sense only as parts of a larger, tougher, and more rigorously conceptual undertaking.

Though composed almost entirely of variously sized,

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