Absurdist Science in the Futuristic Art of Thomas Chimes
Like Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell before him, Thomas Chimes was deeply interested in the French theory known as “pataphysics,” which parodied modern science and scientific theories. His early compositions were typically colorful, abstract, and geometric; later ones were small and monochromatic, arranged in sequences to be read in a manner similar to poetry or prose. The resulting juxtaposition of enigmatic images fostered a fuller, more complicated relationship between these images and viewers. As Chimes once described, “The fact that they can be grouped is very much connected again with literature. You have words, you have phrases, you have sentences, you have paragraphs. To make sense out of a single word you have to build a context in a sentence—larger thought.” His work was included in the 1975 Whitney Biennial.
American , 1921-2009, Philadelphia, PA, United States