K. Thompson

Kyle J Thompson is an interdisciplinary artist working across scales and materials. He is a co-founder and director of 12128, an experimental exhibition space in Portland, Oregon, and is a recent addition to the MFA program at the University of California, San Diego.

Incorporating chemical theory into his performance and installation work, Thompson addresses our flawed relationship to the sub-microscopic through empirical explorations of matter, coupled with an action-based physical impulsivity. Allowing these two dissonant worlds to intersect, his work invokes a nonlinear type of crosstalk between the molecular and the experiential.

His most recent project, TWO NONQUANTITATIVE WAYS OF MEASURING DISTANCE, examines the quantum-scale phenomenon of entangled states via a self-destructing apparatus located on the surface of a salt flat. The notion of measurement lies at the core of his work, and provides a context in which everything from simple games to chemical experimentation can coexist.

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