CURRENT EXHIBIT

LUTHER SMITH

WHERE I LIVE:
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE NORTH TEXAS LANDSCAPE


ALSO

FROM THE ESTATE OF TRÉ ARENZ

SELECT DRAWINGS AND CERAMIC SCULPTURES

January 14 - February 11, 2012

RECEPTION: Saturday, January 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.



IN THE ARTIST'S WORDS
(STREAMING VIDEO INTERVIEW)


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Lake Worth

LUTHER SMITH
Lake Worth

Where I Live, an exhibition of new landscape photographs by Fort Worth artist Luther Smith, will be on display January 14–February 11, at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, January 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m. An additional exhibition of select drawings and ceramic sculptures from the estate of TrÉ Arenz will also be on view.

Where I Live comprises a series of color photographs taken near Luther Smith’s Fort Worth home. Shot with a large-format camera, the finished pieces deftly convey the intricate textures and vivid colors within the local landscape. Large prints, up to 40” wide, invite viewers into their space as they emphasize the wealth and breadth of the city’s natural surroundings. Smith’s handling of natural light, combined with his subject’s intrinsic texture and color, produce a visual and mental clarity that approach the sublime. He writes: “They elucidate the beauty in our environment, for they describe the textures, form, and elegance in the seeming chance relationships between plants, rocks, water, and sky.”

Woodsdege Trail, Fort Worth, Texas

LUTHER SMITH
Woodsdege Trail, Fort Worth, Texas

Smith’s photographs explore the shrinking tracts of unspoiled terrain surrounding his neighborhood, as well as how humans interact with it. While human presence is obvious in some of the photographs, no people appear in this series, allowing the artist to harness the visual power of the untainted landscape. He maintains focus on the natural beauty and function of the land, not simply casting it as a backdrop for human activity. Of this body of work, Smith remarks: “I don’t think of my work as saving a place before it disappears; it’s more a way to get in tune with a complex and troubling beauty.”

Fossil Creek Woodsedge Trail exemplifies Smith’s fascination with how various elements and textures interact within one space. Here, soft violets and greens emerge from shaggy, brown undergrowth. A spot of water nearby promises fertility, while a rocky border at the very top of the scene reminds one of Texas’ divergent landscapes and the possibility of change coming to this seemingly pristine setting. Here, naturally occurring lines, colors, textures, and shapes coalesce to form an organic and visually engaging composition.

Smith reveals the beauty within a landscape oft considered less than ideal for portraiture. Composing scenes of soft, colorful flora amid the dry, craggy vegetation, the artist captures the continuous life force of nature as it waxes and wanes, thrives and deteriorates. He reminds us that nature’s cycle continues in spite of human intervention.





ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wildfire Sunset A highly acclaimed photographer, Luther Smith has exhibited his work across Texas and throughout the United States for more than three decades. His photographs have appeared in local and regional venues in Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Waco, to name a few. Nationally, he has exhibited work from California to Maine, including venues in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, and St. Louis, among others.

Smith’s photographs appear in many public collections, among them the Amon Carter Museum of Art, which owns work from the Where I Live series, and the Library of Congress, which houses a photograph from Smith’s much-publicized Trinity River series. Other collections featuring his work include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, Fidelity Investments, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Illinois State Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Pacific Telesis Collection in San Francisco, the Phoenix Arts Commission, and the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.

His photographs have appeared in many books, including Photography 9, Photography 8, and Photography 7, published by Prentice Hall; the Trinity River, a monograph published by TCU Press; and the Book of 35mm Photography, by Curtin & London. Periodicals that have included Smith’s work include Fort Worth Magazine, D Magazine, Chicago Magazine, American Artist Magazine, and Mademoiselle, to name a few

Smith has taught university-level photography for more than thirty years, and began his teaching career at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He joined the faculty of TCU in 1983, and currently serves as professor of art there. Luther Smith received his MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

SELECT WORKS BY TRÉ ARENZ ON VIEW

Pony Boy Select works from the estate of Austin artist Tré Arenz (1953–2003) will be on view concurrently with Luther Smith’s Where I Live exhibition. The show will include Arenz’s thoughtful yet whimsical drawings and ceramic sculptures. Acclaimed for her ability to breathe new life into such everyday items as dog toys and children’s figurines, Arenz indeed lifted them to a higher conceptual level via simple plays on scale, pattern, and visual weight. The Star-Telegram once referred to her work as “[an] exploration of all that is striking in the mundane moments and objects of life.”

Throughout her career, Arenz exhibited work across Texas in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, and nationally, in Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, and San Diego, among other cities. She completed several prestigious artist residencies, including those at Ohio State University, the World Ceramic Center in South Korea, the Southwest Craft Center in San Antonio, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Arenz’s work may be found in various public collections, including those of the Austin Museum of Art, the Cities of Austin and San Antonio, Austin’s Jack Blanton Museum of Art, Houston Power and Light, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Tré Arenz received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.


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

 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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