Sugarlift x High Line Nine
Spring 2021 Artist-In-Residence
508 W 28th Street, New York, NY
Thomas Hammer, Painter
Thomas Hammer (b. 1985) is a New York-based artist known for his ink works on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas. His ink works, created with a unique tool that’s a fusion of a squeegee and a brush, are inspired by the spontaneity and vim of post-war action painting, though they employ a unique vocabulary of mark making. He creates a sense of depth through the variety of textures that vary between smooth and flowing, staccato and rhythmic.
Thomas’ acrylic paintings are built in layers. The first few accrue with gestural flourish and become more deliberate as the composition emerges. Each layer interacts with the one before it, obscuring some of the canvas beneath it while adding texture, color, and complexity to the painting. The end result is an artifact of the process but it is also a constructed reality, akin to a carefully composed photograph that flattens three dimensional space to a single plane.
About the Residency:
Conceived as a way to enliven and transform the High Line Nine's premier Chelsea gallery spaces during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Line Nine x Sugarlift Artist Residency has become a neighborhood staple and destination in the city's art world epicenter.