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experiencing early commercial and critical success, painter Thomas
Chimes (1921–2009) became a hermit, spending the rest of his life in his
hometown of Philadelphia, painting idea-based portraits like no others.
Painter and Pataphysician Thomas Chimes excerpts 15 years of
conversations between Chimes and art collector Mari Shaw about the arts,
philosophy, alchemy, the unconscious, and living and dying
courageously. Alfred Jarry, author of Ubu Roi and inventor of
pataphysics, the science of exceptions, is the silent presence
throughout these conversations: Chimes explored Jarry and his ideas in
numerous paintings, and elaborated in detail on the artists Jarry
influenced, including Duchamp, Picasso, Joyce and Artaud. With more than
80 color images, this book offers a glimpse into the thinking that
spawned Chimes' famously idiosyncratic art—crucifixion paintings, metal
boxes and white paintings—and his cycles of periodic reinvention.