October 18 - November 15, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm



Signals, an exhibition of new and recent works by Texas artist Stephen Daly, will be on display October 18-November 15, at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Signals will include a dozen drawings and two sculptures, all focusing on Daly's ongoing interest in communication and the ways in which it can be distilled and transformed into a purely visual endeavor.

STEPHEN DALY - SIGNALS Daly's newest works on paper continue this ongoing exploration, which in the past included images based on the form of letter writing and has

evolved into more abstract symbols that form an entirely pictorial calligraphy. Void of linguistic constructs, the symbols are nonetheless communicative through formal and visual means. The abstract pieces become wholly about content-not narrative-and its formal aspects. "Content probes the ways in which we communicate with one another or with nature," Daly says. "The psychological aspect of communication is explored by investigating how we use our senses to see, hear, think, and wonder. A mix of formal, symbolic, and referential elements converge to bring viewers into a ballpark of content or associations, leaving their experiences to be enhanced through personalobservation or interpretation."

Two monumental drawings anchor this show, creating a microenvironment within the gallery space. The inspiration for the show's title,at six feet across Signals features Daly's "language" of abstract shapes and lines on a grand scale. The all black-and-white piece elicits a sense of movement amid austerity, as the precisely drawn elements slowly float and tumble across the paper. Describing his work, Daly notes: "Geometric, abstract, and symbolic forms illuminate bits of information that may collectively bring the viewer toward the intended point, an emotional condition, or a level of visual satisfaction."

STEPHEN DALY - SIGNALS Another immense drawing at more than four feet high, nearly five feet across, and eight inches deep, Vortex dominates all three dimensions as it sprawls across the wall and penetrates viewer space. Here, Daly adds the element of sculpture to create an interdimensional piece full of color, movement, and, as he describes it, a

demonstration of entropy. Geometric and organic elements swirl around the surface, visually pulled in and down by a team of cast bronze cones. In this instance, a broad, external force exerts control over freeform, individual elements-in Daly's eyes, avisual combination of cynicism and levity.

By commingling two- and three-dimensional pieces, Daly seeks to connect with a broader audience and forge a sense of empathy between artwork and viewer. "I enjoy the static, deliberate nature of sculpture and its existence in the same space as that of the viewer," he explains. "Conversely, the gesture, immediacy, and atmosphere possible in drawing can accomplish much that the discrete object cannot." If he can create memorable art, Daly says, then he has communicated successfully with his audience. ABOUT THE ARTIST

Widely acclaimed throughout Texas, Stephen Daly's work has been exhibited at such venues as the Amarillo Art Center, the Art Center in Waco, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the Galveston Arts Center, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, and this year at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston. In 2013, he was the subject of a one-person show at San Angelo State University. Nationally, Daly has shown at galleries in New York, Chicago, Denver, and California, and internationally in Budapest, Havana, and Florence (Italy). In 2002, the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain, mounted a retrospective exhibition of his work.

STEPHEN DALY - SIGNALS Daly has received numerous awards, among them the Grace Hill Milam Centennial Fellowship in Fine Arts from the University of Texas, the Louis

Comfort Tiffany Award in Sculpture, and the prestigious Prix de Rome. In 2008, he was selected as a finalist for Texas' coveted Hunting Art Prize. Daly's work appears in many collections, including those of Texas A&M, the Arkansas Art Center, the Oakland Art Museum, the McNay Art Museum, the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, and the American Academy in Rome.

Stephen Daly earned his MFA in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and before that, received a BFA from San Jose State University. Daly taught art at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis; Humboldt State University in Arcata,California; and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He then served as associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin for nearly three decades, and in 2007, was appointed professor emeritus there. He has been represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art since 1985.


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.


Tuesday through Friday 10am - 5:00pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at or at 817-737-9566 for more information.


William Campbell Contemporary Art
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 737-9566, FAX: (817) 737-5466
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday - Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
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