Lot 547
  • 547


150,000 - 200,000 USD
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  • Cheyney Thompson
  • Untitled
  • signed on the overlap
  • metal powders in acrylic binder on linen 
  • 107 1/2 by 83 1/2 in. 273.5 by 212.1 cm.
  • Executed in 2015.


Galerie Buchholz, Cologne
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The present work emanates from Cheyney Thompson's series of metal-based paintings. Thompson develops each painting by running the economic random walk theory against various metals traded on the commodities market. The pigments are then mixed with a binder and applied to the canvas in a manner reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionist all-over process. The only requirement of the artist is to fill the entire surface with the exact amount of pigments predetermined by the algorithm—in the present work: 108.64Chromium - 80.08Copper - 42.23Iron - 21.96Aluminum - 16.38Nickel - 84.46Cobalt - 51.89Silicon - 29.27Tungstan - 18.3Tin - 15.42Bismuth. Ultimately this process is an investigation of market forces (both economic and creative) and their influence on the role of artists and the industry in the contemporary era.