CURRENT EXHIBIT

JOHN HOLT SMITH

INFINITE BLOOM

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Opening Reception: Friday, November 30, 6 - 8 p.m.



Hubble Oculus #1, Acrylic enamel on aluminum, 48 x 48

JOHN HOLT SMITH - 2011
Hubble Oculus #1
Acrylic Enamel on Aluminum


Infinite Bloom, an exhibition of new work by acclaimed Fort Worth artist John Holt Smith, will be on display November 30-January 5 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Friday, November 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will feature new paintings and unique digital prints that further expand Smith's visual foray into the color signatures that serve as the visual and genetic makeup of his subject matter.

Infinite Bloom #3, Archival Unique Print, 30 x 50 Extreme focus, precise rendering, and a reduction to rudimentary elements are the hallmarks of Smith's sequence paintings. To produce such imagery, the artist abstracts representational subject matter, filtering it through the lens of its unique color arrangement. The resulting vivid striations are then spun, stretched, and folded to create luminous, pulsating entities, at once individual and universal. He exhibits the finished products as enamel acrylic on aluminum, or as unique digital prints on archival paper face-mounted to plexiglass. Infinite Bloom #1, Archival Unique Print, 36 x 36

Smith routinely generates his distinctive pieces from photographs of landscapes, flowers, or the human eye. This most recent collection of work also contains visual transformations of galaxies, nebulae, and supernovas inspired by photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope. These striking space panoramas recall the genesis of Smith's sequence paintings, which first materialized from the artist's interest in spectroscopy-a process that captures light from an object in space and uses that light to analyze its composition, position, and rate of movement. Of this scientific process, Smith remarks: "I always thought that was a beautiful idea: that one could look at an object's color to make such determinations. I wondered if a color signature could be arrived at for a more familiar object, place, or person. If so, what would we be able to determine about that subject merely by an examination of the sequence of its light?"

Infinite Bloom explores visual evolution on both micro- and macrocosmic levels. Whether an Earthbound flower or a spiral galaxy, Smith captures the process of expansion in its purest state as it is birthed from each object's signature color and light. Miniscule details become universal as they expand and contract, explode and implode, and coalesce into one coherent, beautiful mass. Even as he converts organic images into geometric, Smith's complex process allows him to achieve movement-or blossoming-within each piece.

With his technical yet artistic approach, Smith mines the complex language of color. More than a simple aesthetic tool, it functions within these pieces as the measurement of an object's physicality, a mark of its identity, and an indication of its lifespan in the space-time continuum.

Infinite Bloom #2, Archival Unique Print, 22 x 36 ABOUT THE ARTIST
A Fort Worth native, John Holt Smith has exhibited work throughout Texas and the United States, including solo and group shows in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Public works include large-scale commissions for the Mansion on Turtle Creek, the Joule Hotel, and the W Building in Dallas; Midwestern University in Wichita Falls; Terminal D at the DFW International Airport; and Fort Worth's Crestline Investors group and Gideon Toal building.

Hubble Oculus #3, Acrylic enamel on aluminum, 48 x 48 Smith's work has been featured in many publications as well, including Texas Monthly, Homestyle Magazine, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, Inky-Blue Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 2006, his work appeared on the cover of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

Smith received a B.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he concurrently worked with artist Ann Hamilton on many exhibitions, including those at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. During college, he received the William Dole Scholarship and a Presidents Undergraduate Fellowship, and also spent a year in Florence, Italy, studying art and art history.


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 - 5:00pm
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

 BOB "DADDY - O" WADE - COWGIRLS & CRITTERS: October 26 - November 24, 2012

 JOHN FRASER & OTIS JONES - RECESS & RELIEF plus NEW PAINTINGS: September 8 - October 19, 2012

 VARIOUS ARTISTS - HIGH VOLTAGE: June 23- August 4, 2012

 MARK SMITH - THE EARTH BELOW: May 5 - June 16, 2012

 JEFF MUELLER / HARMONY PADGETT - R * A * V * E * L: March 24 - April 28, 2012

 STEVE MURPHY - February 18 - March 17, 2012

 LUTHER SMITH - WHERE I LIVE:PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE NORTH TEXAS LANDSCAPE : January 14 - February 11, 2012

 ROBERT MCAN - IMPLIED LANDSCAPES: December 2, 2011 - January 7, 2012

 JOACHIM KERSTEN - OPEN SKY: October 22 - November 23, 2011

 KRIS COX - CONSTRUCTED PAINTINGS: September 10- October 15, 2011

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - HARMONY PADGETT - ALLURE: THE POWER OF SUBTLE ATTRACTION: June 25 - August 6, 2011

 DALTON MARONEY - REMOTE ACCESS: May 7 - June 11, 2011

 BERND HAUSSMANN - THE SPACE IN BETWEEN: WORKS FROM THE SERIES MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS: March 26 - April 30, 2011

 JEFF KELLAR, JAMES MARSHALL, BRIAN MOORE - EXHIBITION OF NEW WORKS: February 12 - March 19, 2011

 CAROL BENSON - NEW PAINTINGS: December 2, 2010 - January 15, 2011

 KEVIN TOLMAN - Transcendent Abstraction: October 23 - November 27, 2010

 RICHARD THOMPSON - NEW LANDSCAPES: HORIZONS AND PRAIRIES: September 11, 2010 - October 16, 2010

 GALLERY ARTISTS - SIZZLE: June 26 - September 4, 2010

 CECIL TOUCHON - THE NEW BEAUTIFUL: March 27, 2010 - April 24, 2010

 RANDALL REID - IN TIMES PAST: January 30, 2010 - March 13, 2010

 BILLY HASSELL - TANGLE: December 4, 2009 - January 23, 2010

 SCOTTIE PARSONS - PIECES OF SPACE: October 24 -November 28, 2009

 J.T. GRANT - THE SIN EATER & THE ANCHORITE: September 5 - October 17, 2009

 SEVAN MELIKYAN, JEFF MUELLER, and SHAWN WALLIS - Acumen: June 20- August 15, 2009

 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



William Campbell Contemporary Art
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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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