Koch Building (Bldg. 68),
1st floor conference room
In his early work, Bill Thompson was engaged with pure painting and formalist concepts exemplified by artists such as Piet Mondrian. His later works are often three-dimensional wall installations composed of glossy, jewel-colored organic forms created with acrylic urethane on epoxy.
Oxbow, Thompson’s large-scale commission for MIT’s Koch Biology Building (Building 68) is constructed from four joined wooden panels. Reddish-brown and blue-gray painted shapes in varying shades create the illusion of a folded standing screen. Thompson’s twenty-two preliminary drawings for the Oxbow painting are on view in Building 68’s café.
Pumice in a polymer gel and acrylic paint on four birch plywood panels
96 in. x 160 in. (243.84 cm x 406.4 cm)
Commissioned in honor of Boris & Adele Magasanik