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“This piece celebrates the Dadaist idea of the found art object, which Marcel Duchamp later dubbed the “ready made”. 

My painting subject matter has almost exclusively focused on neon signage.  For years my art has had a facet that is of, and about, the street. In 2003 I was experimenting with incorporating actual traffic lights, street signs and functioning neon into my art.  During this period, I created this homage to Duchamp using road signs that I’d found.  The flat, very graphic, gasoline pump silhouettes normally serve to alert motorists where to purchase fuel; in this case, specifically Methanol and Diesel.  Another nod to Duchamp is the bit of a word play wherein the “M” and “D” are simply his initials.  The piece is quite minimal and almost has an anti-art, lack of aesthetic, which was another tenant of the Dadaists.”

                                                                                                                                                            Terry Thompson   

Terry Thompson, Methanol / Diesel (Homage to Marcel Duchamp), 

2003, found reflective road signs, 24” x 36”, $900

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January 9  -  February 7, 2010




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Terry Thompson is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently lives and works. He received his MFA from San Jose State University after working many years in Silicon Valley as an equipment engineer.

The subject of his paintings is old signage that has somehow avoided the wrecking ball - signs that have lived.  Terry sees these signs as historically and emotionally charged metaphors for beating the odds and standing the test of time, so he renders rust and faded paint to imbue his paintings with a sense of humanity and history.  "I want my paintings to reveal the hidden beauty in the mundane, the banal, and the often overlooked," he says.

His paintings can be found in public and private collections across the U.S. and as far away as Australia.  Thompson's work resides in the permanent collections of The San Jose Museum of Art, The Nevada Museum of Art, The California Museum of History, Women and the Arts - Sacramento, and The de Saisset Museum of Art at Santa Clara University.

Terry Thompson’s paintings were shown recently at the front room of ArtZone 461 Gallery main gallery space during the December 2009 exhibition.

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