CURRENT EXHIBIT

MARK SMITH

IN SEARCH OF MEMORY
NEW WORKS IN COLOR


December 5, 2008- January 3, 2009
Opening Reception: Holiday Open House
Friday, December 5, 2008 - 5-8 p.m.


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Mark Smith, Morning Painting #16
Mark Smith
Morning Painting #16


In Search of Memory: New Work in Color, an exhibition of works by Texas artist Mark Stephen Smith, will be on display December 5 - January 3 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Friday, December 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition will include new abstract paintings in high-density pigment on Baltic birch panels. Richly crafted and visually captivating, the pieces are also highly analytical, informed by Smith's keen interest in neuroscience and brain function.

The essence of Mark Smith's art resides largely in his creative process: a three-part evolutionary approach consisting of scholarly research, detailed planning, and finally, painting. Such a process allows the artist to fully explore the intellectual, conceptual, and visual elements involved in his work. Smith initiated this body of work by studying, at length, the relationship between brain physiology and its impact on creativity. Specifically, he is interested in the concept of synesthesia - a phenomenon wherein one sensory experience involuntarily activates a response from another sense, e.g. envisioning a color upon hearing a certain sound.

This type of multi-sensory encounter is evident in Smith's piece Morning Painting #16, which employs strong directional lines to convey a sense of tactile movement, and perhaps sound. Intricately layered bands of color travel across the panorama as they build on one another to create texture and dimension-much like a lifetime of experiences collect in both the hidden and apparent areas of the brain. Meanwhile, a graceful ribbon-like line threads in and out of the bands, meandering along the vertical axis as if to signify the specific memory that has emerged from the cerebral depths.

"The brain has a mind of its own," says Smith, and In Search of Memory is a journey through the landscape of that mind. After studying the principles of brain mechanics, Smith has uncovered a wealth of previously latent memories. These revelations materialize as color narratives-nonrepresentational, yet autobiographical. The paintings in this collection are visualizations of Smith's earliest memories, beginning at only three years of age. They share elements of abstraction and complexity, depicted by individual swaths of soft, deep hues that fuse together to create one cohesive tale.


MARK SMITH
Summer of Love - Cascade
2008
48 x 64 inches

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mark Stephen Smith is a professor of art at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He earned an MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. Smith has exhibited work extensively throughout North Texas and the United States, and has exhibited at William Campbell Contemporary Art since 1985. He has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Edith Baker Gallery, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Kimbell Art Museum, and in group exhibitions at the Amarillo Museum of Art, the Art Center of Waco, the Arlington Museum of Art and currently his work can be seen at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. His work is featured in the collections of several national corporations, including Citicorp, Chase Manhattan Bank, Nokia, Neiman-Marcus, and Texas Instruments.

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-5:30pm
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

 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
 
Gallery One Frames
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday


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