CURRENT EXHIBIT

Sevan Melikyan

Jeff Mueller

Shawn Wallis

A • C • U • M • E • N


June 20- August 15

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 6-8 p.m.


GO TO ARTIST'S GALLERY - MELIKYAN

GO TO ARTIST'S GALLERY - MUELLER

GO TO ARTIST'S GALLERY - WALLIS

After Degas Millinery Shop, 2009
Sevan Melikyan
After Degas Millinery Shop, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
47 7/16 x 52 1/4 inches
Somehow, 2009
Jeff Mueller
Somehow, 2009
Acrylic, vinyl, and resin on cradled masonite
12 x 12 1/2 inches
Untitled, 2006 Untitled, 2006
Shawn Walllis
Untitled, 2006
Gesso, oil, pigment on paper
30 x 23 inches
Shawn Walllis
Untitled, 2006
Gesso, oil, pigment on paper
30 x 23 inches

Acumen, an exhibition of new works by Sevan Melikyan, Jeff Mueller, and Shawn Wallis, will be on display June 20-August 15 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held June 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Acumen features art by three artists interested in reducing formal and contextual elements to their purest states. Whether abstract or representational, the works are process-driven, shrewd examinations of the subject matter. Melikyan seeks purity by reducing complex compositions to elemental color relationships, while Wallis focuses on one color and its relationship to the canvas. Mueller monumentalizes commonplace graffiti by placing it in a different context, focusing largely on the colors and lines inherent in the letters.

Sevan Melikyan pays homage to existing masterworks by examining their subject matter and distilling it down to its purest elements: color and line. For this exhibition, he has created new paintings inspired by the Impressionist works of Cezanne, Degas, and van Gogh, among others. The artist begins with an image of an existing painting and uses a photo-editing program to identify prominent colors and shapes within the composition. He transforms each object or area into a hard-edged color field, and then translates that onto the canvas. This method allows the artist to pull these visual building blocks out of even the most complex, expressionistic paintings, unveiling integral compositional elements. Melikyan's pieces are perfectly flat and void of texture. This application ensures that formally, the paintings retain their purity, and contextually, they remain universal and objective.

Shawn Wallis's work is largely about process as well, and employs aspects of both the action and color field sides of Abstract Expressionism. The monochromatic paintings are studies in pure color's interaction with light and texture, exemplified through complex layers that reveal the artist's handiwork at every stage of the process. Wallis works without brushes or pre-mixed paint, beginning with a color in its purest form and mixing it with medium directly on the prepared canvas. As the artist hand-rubs layers of pigment onto the support, he reveals subtle variations of color and characteristic marks on the sanded surface, all of which combine to create nebulous dimensions throughout the space.

The most overtly expressive of the three artists, Jeff Mueller examines words-specifically bathroom graffiti-and their impact both as thought-provoking phrases and as visual elements. Lifted from the wall and placed into a formalist context, the graffiti are deconstructed and the letters reduced into linear forms. Interested in the motivations behind graffiti authors and in the impact these thoughts could have on the "outside," the artist places the messages into his own visual sphere. In doing so, Mueller monumentalizes these usually overlooked sentiments, giving them gravity and prominence.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Sevan Melikyan
A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Sevan Melikyan spent his formative years in Paris and moved to New York City in the early '90s. He has been the director of marketing at the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth since 1997. Primarily a self-taught artist, Melikyan has been represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art since 2005.

Jeff Mueller
Jeff Mueller has exhibited throughout Texas and across the United States, including shows in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C. He has won various honors and awards, among them Second Place at the Annual Voertman Student Competition, University of North Texas; the Juror's Merit Award at the 2003 Delta National Small Prints Exhibition; and the D. Jack & Gail Davis Scholarship at the University of North Texas. His work can be found in the collections of Bowling Green State University, the Purdue University Galleries, and the Amity Art Foundation. Jeff Mueller earned an MFA from the University of North Texas and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. He also studied at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy.

Shawn Wallis
Exhibiting professionally for nearly two decades, Shawn Wallis has participated in solo and group shows in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, and Chicago, and internationally, in Vienna, Austria; Stuttgart and Frankfurt, Germany; and Lima, Peru. He was named 2006 Artist of the Year by the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, and his work has been reviewed in such publications as Artlies, ARTnews, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the New Art Examiner. Wallis's works are part of many private collections, including those owned by the Art Guys, Compaq, ExxonMobil, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Shawn Wallis received an MFA in painting and a BFA in photography from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


ABOUT THE GALLERY

Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions, photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity found in contemporary art.

GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday through Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at wcca@flash.net or at 817-737-9566 for more information.


Previous Exhibitions

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD & CLIFF GARTEN - NEW WORKS: May - June, 2009

 OTIS JONES - NEW WORKS: February 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009

 BENITO HUERTA - GRAND ILLUSION: January 10, 2009 - February 7, 2009

 MARK SMITH - IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: December 5, 2008- January 3, 2009

 STEPHEN DALY - Drawings & Sculpture: OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 29, 2008

 ROBERT McAN - Identity Theory: SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 11, 2008

 GALLERY ARTISTS - Recent Works: JUNE 21 - AUGUST 23, 2008

 KEN DIXON - SACRED LANDSCAPES: May 10 - June 14, 2008

 JULIE LAZARUS - ABSTRACTED REFLECTIONS: March 29 - May 3, 2008

 BOB WADE - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 TOM HOLLENBACK - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008

 JAKE GILSON - WALL RELIEFS & WORKS ON PAPER: OCT. 19 - NOV. 24, 2007

 JANE HELSLANDER - FIELD PRESENCE: SEPT. 8 - OCT. 13, 2007

 SUMMER MIX - Works from artists represented by the gallery: June 30th - August 4th, 2007

 THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TEXAS - Photographs Celebrate Texas Nature: May 12th - June 23rd, 2007

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - DIGITALIS PURPUREA: March 31 - May 5, 2007

 JANUS-STYLE NEW YEAR'S EXHIBITION - Looking Forward / Looking Back: January 19 - February 28, 2007

 NEW AND EMERGING TEXAS TALENT - Show Offs II: December 1, 2006 - January 13, 2007

 BERND HAUSSMANN - RECOLLECT: October 21 - November 25, 2006

 DALTON MARONEY - CROSSINGS: September 9 - October 14, 2006

 GROUP EXHIBITION - MAN-I-FEST: June 24 - August 5, 2006

 PATRICK KELLY - I Want Eye Candy: May 13 - June 11, 2006

 CAROL BENSON - ATTACHMENTS: April 1 - April 30, 2006

 CECIL TOUCHON - VISUAL POETRY: February 18 - March 26, 2006

 RANDALL REID & STEVE MURPHY - HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: December 2, 2005 – January 14, 2006,

 RICHARD THOMPSON - Mindful Wading: October 22 – November 26, 2005

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - Work by Tarrant County artists: June 25 – August 6, 2005

 JOURNEYS: PUBLIC & PRIVATE - SEQUENCE: THE LIGHT WE REMEMBER TO SEE, FOR BILL: September 10 - October 15, 2005

 KEVIN TOLMAN - PAINTINGS + DRAWINGS: May 14 – June 18, 2005

 SEVAN MELIKYAN - ‘AFTER’ SERIES II: April 2 – May 2, 2005

 A FOCUSED VISION - Group Exhibition: February 11 – March 26, 2005

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - NEW PAINTINGS: December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005

 J.T. GRANT - BÊTE NOIRE: September 18 – October 23, 2004

 SURFACE - Group Exhibition: June 19 – September 4, 2004

 JUDY YOUNGBLOOD - NEW WORK: May 1 - June 5, 2004



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