Born in New York (United States), 1958Lives & works in New York (United States) Very active in: 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, Current decadeRepresentative galleries:Ars Pioneers Agency
Represented by gallery: LongHouse Gallery Hillsdale
Hillsdale, NYNew York (United States)
Video Art Works
Mass Distortion Intent (2012)
Cal Thompson creates sculpture and video projections that are inspired by nature and the spirit of the Dada movement and it's processes.
Cal Thompson was born in 1958. He attended the Scarborough Day School, Briarcliff Manor Schools, SVA and MITx. Mr. Thompson is from a family involved in the silent film era with Vitagraph Film of Brooklyn and has been based in NYC for most of his career.
Starting in NYC in 1978 as a printmaker he had the remarkable experience of working with this eras most interesting contemporary artists like Arman.
A transition to painting and then painted sculpture led to exposure of his work in Vogue Magazine in 1990.
In 1995 Cal began work in television production in NYC, as a set designer, he had his sculpture and name on 1515 Broadway and work in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Having worked in many venues in NYC, he had the misfortune of working at the World Trade Center for Quebec television. The 911 event of 2001 changed this artists prospective and work. This period became the melding point of his two carriers and his work reflects that with melting reflective surfaces that would lead to a new medium for this artist.
The financial crisis of 2008 also inspired new work and Cal created "The Worlds First Money Taking Work of Art?" for the Parrish Museum of Art in Southampton NY to which all proceeds were donated.
While exhibiting in Brazil at Durex Gallery in Rio and having been a participant in a project at the Museu de Arte Contemporanea do Parana, Brazil, he discovered something new in his work. Brazil would become the place of new discovery where a year later the series called "Subductive Imagery" would evolve.
In 2012 Thompson was featured in The Whitney Biennial, Michael Clark, Who's Zoo. In one respect this work represents the culmination of contemporary art and music in this artists career.
In 2015, the full records of OK Harris Gallery were accepted into The Smithsonian Archive of American Art. Thompson would be a part of this as he exhibited at this gallery.
In 2016, a Thompson piece was successfuly auctioned at Julien's Auction House, Music Icons 2016