Galerie Buchholz, Cologne Acquired from the above by the present owner
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.
This work is in excellent condition overall. The stretcher bars are slightly uneven against the wall, as evident from a side view. The surface textures are inherent to the artist's working method. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, a certain area of the gray paint near the center top edge fluoresces but is not a result of restoration. Unframed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.