CURRENT EXHIBIT

JOACHIM KERSTEN

OPEN SKY
October 22 - November 23, 2011

RECEPTION: Saturday, October 22 6-8 pm


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JOACHIM KERSTEN - Gems-1

JOACHIM KERSTEN
Gems-1

Open Sky, an exhibition of new paintings by Joachim Kersten, will be on display October 22-November 23 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will include large-scale and smaller paintings, as well as works on paper. As the exhibition title suggests, Kersten's abstract pieces signify a certain sense of vastness and liberation. Bound only by the edges of the pictorial space, richly pigmented areas of colors and shapes interact freely on the surface as they recede into and emerge out of numerous visual dimensions.

JOACHIM KERSTEN - Perlen -(Shullball)-2

JOACHIM KERSTEN
Perlen -(Shullball)-2

"Joachim Kersten tracks down a basic structure in what is visible & perceptible. He is skeletonizing the fleeting moment, taking away all the superficial & accidental, uncovering genuine insights." - Friedolin Kleuderlein

66-Prozent,-1 Kersten filters a wealth of visual information down to its purest essence of color, shape, and texture. His process includes the formation of multiple layers, first by building up parts of the blank canvas, then through the ongoing addition (and reduction) of pigments and varnishes. This manipulation of materials results in painterly, tactile surfaces with many visual planes and points of entry for the viewer. It also adds drama, depth, and a sense of the infinite. In addition, the complex system of layering illuminates a history of each painting's evolution through mark making. Elements of elapsed time exist as well in the patina that develops from chemical reactions throughout the surface. In the end, the artist creates a unique environment within each piece-abstract and expressive, and at times loosely evoking ideas of landscape, the human form, and Earth's geological metamorphosis.

Gems I contains an assortment of delicately balanced spheres that float rhythmically around the canvas. Clean, translucent shapes are paired against mottled, eroded ones, alluding to a larger conversation about visual parity within the same space-each element is made stronger by the utilization of its opposite (clean/dirty, shiny/matte, perfect/damaged). Situated atop and within geometric fields of color, they move in and out of the canvas's depths, constantly blurring the line between foreground and background. The painting's elements are simultaneously individual and fused together, creating a unique juxtaposition of surface tension and harmony.

Joachim Kersten breathes life into nonrepresentational subject matter to construct ethereal environments that ar e both cerebral and emotive. The result is a multifaceted sensory experience for the viewer, who may at once engage the work from visual, cognitive, and emotional perspectives.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kersten - I-Don't-See-Any-Red,-P4 With a career spanning nearly three decades, Joachim Kersten has exhibited work throughout his native Germany and in the United States as well. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Germany in Munich, Nuremberg, and Bamberg, among other cities, in addition to shows in Macedonia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. Nationally, his work has been shown in Fort Worth, Dallas, Atlanta, and at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, where he held a prestigious post as artist-in-residence in 1993.

His work appears in many public and private collections, including those of the cities of Munich and Nuremberg, the Municipal Bank of Nuremberg, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Mittelfranken, and Texas Christian University, to name a few. Corporate collections include KPMG, Universa Insurance, and German Telekom AG, among many others.

Born in Bamberg, Germany, Joachim Kersten currently lives and works in both Nuremberg and Fort Worth. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg in 1987, and was named Debutant-Grand of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Culture in 1991.


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

 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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