CURRENT EXHIBIT

KRIS COX

CONSTRUCTED PAINTINGS
September 10- October 15, 2011

RECEPTION: Fall Gallery Night
Saturday, September 10th 2-9pm


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Post Concentric Episode Series Bone & Chernut, 32 x 42 in.

KRIS COX
Post Concentric Episode Series Bone & Chernut
Pigmented wood putty, acrylic, Dorland's Wax Medium, on wood panel
32 x 42 in.

An exhibition of new work by nationally acclaimed artist Kris Cox will be on display September 10-October 25 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. This exhibition will mark the first for Cox in the Metroplex, and will include new paintings from his Post Concentric Episode Series, as well as several pieces from his Scape Series, and various wall reliefs. Exhibited across the country and featured in many museum collections and national publications, Cox's lush abstract paintings reveal both the overt and subtle results of surface manipulation and the physicality of the artist's process.

Post Concentric Episode Series Red & Bone IV

KRIS COX
Post Concentric Episode Series Red & Bone IV
Pigmented wood putty, acrylic, Dorland's Wax Medium, on wood panel
32 x 48 x 2 in.

Working within an intricate process of carving, filling, sanding, and painting, Cox "constructs" each painting to function as a stand-alone object, void of external references. The many layers created by this practice produce a patina, which acts as a visual reminder of time and its never-ending progression. So too do the layers pulsate, generating visual reverberations as each one gives way to the next-whether bursting out of or regressing into the surface.

Cox describes these "constructed paintings" as "symbolic abstractions of time and memory," where circles signify the passage of time and a grid pattern indicates memory. Immemorial and all encompassing, the circle embodies the ultimate paradigm for the artist. Having no beginning or end, the shape remains precise and undistorted despite the continuous changes happening around it. The grid pattern, apparent in varying degrees of visibility and size, serves as a metaphor for memory-at once a record of universal evolution and of the painting's metamorphosis from beginning to end.

Scape 10.7, cast lead (patinated), cast pigmented beeswax on wood panel, 2010, 13 x 37 x 1  in. Bone & Chernut and Red & Bone IV, both from Cox's Post Concentric Episode Series, commingle layers of circles and squares with smudged and crackled areas of textured pigment. While the geometry is indicative of order and precision, the swaths of color and texture add a dimension of freedom and spontaneity to the pieces. Here, as in the natural world, order lives among chaos and structure is interjected into an otherwise primeval existence.

Likewise, paintings from the Scape Series (10.1, 10.5, 10.7) contrast divergent materials to create a harmonious balance among the elements. For this series, Cox has juxtaposed the organic with the inorganic, as smooth, solid layers of pigmented beeswax rest atop sections of highly textured cast lead. These natural yet disparate elements resemble a primordial landscape, as the briny lead churns underneath while the beeswax emerges fresh and clear on top. Cox's use of heat to recast and transform this matter evokes both literal and figurative notions of transformation within the earth's core, and within the human mind, respectively.

Post Concentric Episode Series / RedBone

KRIS COX
Post Concentric Episode Series / RedBone
Pigmented wood putty, acrylic, Dorland's Wax Medium, on wood panel
32 x 24 x 2 in.

ABOUT THE ARTIST A nationally recognized artist, Kris Cox has spent more than three decades exhibiting across the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in one-person and group shows in New York, Atlanta, Boulder, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, Santa Fe, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., as well as in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and throughout his native California. His art has been featured in such noted periodicals as ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, Artweek, Sculpture magazine, Architectural Digest, and Artspace: A Magazine for Contemporary Art. Cox's work is part of many museum and university collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Oakland Art Museum; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte; the Racine Art Museum; the C.U. Art Museum, Boulder; Scripps College, Claremont, California; Arizona State University; Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, California; and California State Polytechnic University. Corporations that hold his work in their collections include General Mills, Minneapolis; Prudential Insurance, Los Angeles; the IBM Corporation, Chicago; Sears Corporation, Chicago; and the Peninsula Hotel, New York. Kris Cox earned his BA from Claremont Men's College in California, and received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Born in Los Angeles, Cox now resides in Basalt, Colorado.


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

 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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