CURRENT EXHIBITION

KEN DIXON

SACRED LANDSCAPES
Recent Works

May 10 - June 14, 2008
Opening Reception
Saturday, May 10 6 - 8 pm

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Migration - Ken Dixon
Migration - Ken Dixon, 2005, 106 x 76 x 7 inches, acrylic on wood, wood engraving

Seeing is not believing; seeing is perceiving. Human beings of any level of experience register the beauty of nature - or, indeed, anything else - in their mind's eye, and then construct an organizing principal that allows them to make sense of the scene before them. Personal experience is the chief tool for building this structure. Cultural influences and education also come into play, of course - but beyond all other factors is a sixth sense that belongs uniquely to each individual. This is the single factor that allows people to understand what they see on their own terms.

Ken Dixon's art gives visible form to this process. His central image is usually a fine painting of a landscape, a figure, or another recognizable subject. He then moves beyond the traditional boundaries of most paintings by adding associative elements that refract his core idea and expand it into the realms of philosophy, memory, and dream. He may add a metaphorical frame and extend it outward into other forms; he may create jigsaw puzzle edges that dissolve into the surrounding environment, thus providing viewers with a means of connection to their own lives. He may choose a subject such as an oxbow on the Hudson River, creating an allegory of divergence and reconciliation.

Dixon's art makes up in immediacy what it reserves in accessibility. The viewer is welcomed by a tactile, seductive image built to a human scale, and then is challenged to decipher it. The artist packs his work with subtle references and compositional clues that reward introspection as well as inspection. True to the nature of intuition, each person appreciates and relates to all of Dixon's work but responds strongly to a few specific images, claiming and incorporating them into his or her own basic viewpoint.

Hands On The Land - Ken Dixon
Hands On The Land - Ken Dixon

The foundation of Dixon's work is not art history, but science. He studies the intricacies of migration. He reads about unifying devices and strange attractors; about chaos and unpredictability; about order and disorder. He is particularly interested in books that talk about pattern, and the fractal-like unity of the micro and macro elements of the universe. Pattern, he observes, holds everything together; it lays history out flat so that it can be seen whole.

Tree Of Life - Ken Dixon
Tree Of Life - Ken Dixon, 2007, 52 x 30 inches, acrylic on wood, wood engraving

Dixon finds endless ways to re-state the conundrum of existence. He splinters reality into shining fragments and reassembles it into a new and ultimately comprehensible form in which a vision curves back in on itself like an oxbow in a river. Through multiplicity and, above all, simultaneity, Dixon creates images of perception itself, rather than representations of the perceived.- Suzanne Deats

- Suzanne Deats

Ken Dixon earned his MFA from the University of Arkansas in 1967. He is a recipient of a Mid-America Arts Alliance Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. Dixon has exhibited extensively during the past two decades. His work hangs in many public collections including the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, the Museum of Modern Art in Miami, the Nelson-Adkins Museum in Kansas City, and the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas; and in corporate collections such as Citicorp and Southwestern Bell.

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

 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



William Campbell Contemporary Art
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 737-9566, FAX: (817) 737-5466
Gallery One Frames - (817) 737-9571
E-Mail: wcca@flash.net

William Campbell Contemporary Art
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
 
Gallery One Frames
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday


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