CURRENT EXHIBIT

JOHN FRASER

RECESS & RELIEF

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OTIS JONES

NEW PAINTINGS

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Opening Reception: Fall Gallery Night - Saturday, September 8, 12 - 9 p.m.



John Fraser, Composition in Beige in Red Otis Jones, 5 Squares

John Fraser - 2012
Composition in Beige in Red
Mixed-media collage on wood panel construction

Otis Jones - 2012
5 Squares
Acrylic on canvas


William Campbell Contemporary Art will present two concurrent exhibitions beginning Saturday, September 8, on Fall Gallery Night. Recess and Relief, an exhibition of new works by John Fraser, will include carefully composed geometric mixed-media constructions. New Paintings will feature Otis Jones' intricately layered, nonrepresentational fields of color. Both shows will be on display September 8-October 19. An opening reception will be held on Fall Gallery Night, Saturday, September 8, 12:00-9:00 p.m.

Both exhibitions speak to the ways in which artwork inhabits space-defining its own visual parameters while also inviting the viewer to enter its unique, John Fraser, What Remains,
Mixed-media Collage on wood panel constructions with Found Objects,
16 1/2 x 23 x 1 3/4 , 2012 microcosmic universe.Works explore dimensional space by expanding and contracting, protruding and receding, and recognizing the simple beauty found in the components that form each structure. Whether the quiet, meditative reliefs of John Fraser, or Otis Jones' painterly, tactile surfaces, the fundamental building blocks of each piece serve as the primary subject matter. Ultimately, both Fraser and Jones strive to develop the rich aesthetics found in the visual elements that characterize all artwork.

John Fraser has long been concerned with the physicality of his materials and how their inherent visual elements interact within the picture plane. Paying special attention to the relationships among lines, textures, colors, and shapes, the artist weaves these together to transform essential components into spare yet complex subject matter. John Fraser, Confessional, Mixed-media
Collage on wood panel constructions with Found Objects, 30x30x2, 2012 Fraser's works are largely minimal and often monochromatic; however, they are not simply about reduction. The systematic compositions honor the formal and aesthetic relationships created as the various components intersect. He acknowledges the inherent functionality of these components, organizing them in such a way as to reveal their engaging purity, austerity, and aesthetic magnitude.

Carefully selected found objects, including rulers, book pages, and photographs, add a referential cue to the otherwise nonrepresentational pieces. According to Fraser, these objects possess a "latent energy"-each one carries its own history, in addition to visual and figurative weight. In the end, these objects are not merely allusions to the outside world, but external representations of the artist's internal dialogue. Also interested in the ability of geometry to "arrest time," Fraser employs hard edges and lines that dissect the plane and act as visual borders. Scrupulously measured and calculated, the resulting segments join together to produce an overall sense of refinement, order, and quiet contemplation. Thus, Fraser creates a certain stasis, both visual and temporal.

Otis Jones combines multiple materials to produce nonrepresentational Jones, Four Bone CirclesOtis Jones, Four Bone Circles colorscapes that softly emerge from the wall to engulf the viewer in an internal yet universal meditative space. Fields of color, defined by organic, open edges, comprise layer upon layer of mixed media that have been built up, sanded down, painted, marked, or otherwise manipulated. By continually adding and removing surface elements, the artist exposes the compositional strata, and thus a visual history of the work's evolution. The result is a spiritual yet corporeal matrix of color, texture, and line, grounded in its own sphere by geometric shapes floating along the edge.

Jones' process-focused abstraction employs subtle textures and muted colors to create an atmosphere of depth and introspection. In this manner, he invites viewers to participate in the work's physicality and share its space. In fact, he seeks to inspire people to find their own meaning and importance within the paintings. Because the colorscapes are non-referential, the abstract paintings become anonymous and universal, in effect visual tabulae rasae. Otis Jones, Teal Circle,
Black Circle,  Acrylic on canvas, 36x45 1/4x3, 2012 The visceral energy he creates within each space encourages visual awareness and inspires curiosity.

Both Fraser and Jones have concocted a compelling balance within their respective arenas. They not only set up visually stimulating formal relationships throughout each space, but also invite the viewer inside for contemplation, meditation, and reflection. These simultaneous exhibitions map their divergent methods and journeys, which ultimately lead to a common destination: the fusion of internal and external space.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

JOHN FRASER
Chicago native John Fraser has exhibited nationally and internationally for nearly three decades. He has shown artwork in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including venues in Chicago and across Illinois, as well as those in Austin, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Little Rock, Nashville, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Francisco, and New York City, among others. International venues include those in London, Munich, Tokyo, and S„o Paulo, to name a few.

His work has been featured in various periodicals, including Artforum, the Chicago Tribune, the New Art Examiner, the New York Sun, and Sculpture Fraser, At
the Table, by the Window, Mixed-media Collage on wood panel constructions
with Found Objects, 12 3/8x15 1/4x1 1/2, 2012 magazine, among others. He has been the subject of several catalog essays as well, most recently a monograph in his 2010 book titled Restraining Order. Fraser's work appears in numerous public and private collections, among them, those of the Arkansas Art Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, the Cincinnati Art Museum, San Antonio's McNay Art Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, the Sioux City Art Center, and el Museo de Arte ContemporŠneo Esteban Vincente in Segovia, Spain.

John Fraser received his MFA from Northern Illinois University and his BA from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has taught at several universities, and has held the post of visiting artist at Brigham Young University, Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and the University of Minnesota, to name a few. He has received various grants and residency appointments, including those at YADDO in New York State and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha.

OTIS JONES
Otis Jones,
White with Two Black Circles, Acrylic on canvas Renowned Texas artist Otis Jones has an extensive exhibition history that spans more than three decades. He has exhibited work in solo and group shows throughout Texas in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Austin, Galveston, and Houston. National exhibitions include those in Atlanta, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Santa Fe, and New York, among other cities.

Jones' work has appeared in numerous publications, including Art in America, Artlies, Art News, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, Fort Worth's Star-Telegram, the Houston Chronicle, New American Paintings, and the New York Times. His work is part of many private and public collections, including those of the A.H. Belo Corporation, American Airlines, AT&T, the Compaq Corporation, the Dallas Museum of Art, GTE, MIT, Neiman-Marcus, the Tyler Museum of Art, and San Antonio's Witte Museum.

Otis Jones earned his MFA from the University of Oklahoma and a BFA from Kansas State University. He has taught at Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Texas at Austin, among others. In 1982, he was the recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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

 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



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