CURRENT EXHIBIT

MARK SMITH

THE EARTH BELOW


May 5 - June 16, 2012
RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: Saturday, May 5, 6 - 8 p.m.


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Twin Rivers, High-density pigment in emulsion and plaster slip on birch, 64 x 48 x 2 in.

MARK SMITH
Twin Rivers  2012
High-density pigment in emulsion and plaster slip on birch
64 x 48 x 2 in.

The Earth Below, an exhibition of new work by North Texas artist Mark Smith, will be on display May 5-June 16 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will include paintings on wood panel and works on paper from Smith's The Earth Below Suite, so titled to describe not only a group of paintings and drawings, but also the artist's meticulous research, observation, and manipulation-all of which serve to generate intellectual and visual metamorphoses.

"Our planet is being mapped, photographed and documented as we speak. The picture that emerges is an ever-changing patchwork quilt, a world that is spectacular, fragile and hopefully resilient."

A long-running interest in scientific processes, along with a concern about the ecology and humans' negative effects on the planet, inform Smith's work. Tributaries 1, High density pigment, India ink and graphite on paper 24 x 16 1/4 in. image size To that end, his paintings involve much more than a straightforward application of pigment to surface; they comprise the literal and visual transformation from photographic image to digitally manipulated drawing to hand-rendered painting. They are a contemporary amalgamation of science, technology, and the artist's hand.

Smith begins his process by studying satellite images of the Earth's surface. He then uses specialized software and digital drawing media to manipulate, deconstruct, and rebuild the images as nonrepresentational, abstract fields. He often incorporates digital samples of his earlier paintings as well. Coupled with the new imagery, these studies preserve visual matter while creating additional layers of history and referencing a metamorphosis-both on the Earth's surface and in the artwork. The final paintings represent Smith's "spontaneous responses" to these carefully researched and constructed drawings. The artist builds the impulsive yet complex paintings by applying multiple layers of highly saturated color atop plaster-coated hardwood. By playing with the consistency of the paint, he creates a sense of slow movement and continuous flow. Smith applies the paint with brushes, blades, water jets, and hot air, mimicking geological forces and erosion-a technique that parallels the artist's response to Earth's physical changes, both natural and manmade.

Western Vistas and Twin Rivers exemplify Smith's multifaceted interest in science and aesthetics. Visual allusions to the satellite images remain, now Western Vistas, High-density pigment in emulsion and plaster slip on birch 64 x 48 x 2 in. transformed into delicate, colorful layers that protrude and recede, allowing the viewer to glimpse the history of each mark. Organic ribbons of color travel throughout the space as well, weaving in and out, and unifying the layered, segmented planes of color. A nod to geological strata, these segments also display an aesthetic fusion of art, nature, and technology.
Just as each painting contains many physical layers, so too does Smith's methodology entail various levels of observation, reclamation, and finally, transformation. The final pieces are, in fact, visual catharses/syntheses for the artist's ecological concerns, technological savvy, and intellectual interests.

A portion of the proceeds from exhibition sales will benefit the Clearity Foundation, an organization that provides patients with molecular profiling of ovarian cancer tumors in an effort to find the best drugs for treatment of ovarian cancer. The foundation brings personalized medicine to ovarian cancer patients at no cost to the patient, in addition to maintaining a database to help other patients. For more information, visit www.clearityfoundation.org.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mark Smith has exhibited work extensively throughout North Texas and across the United States, including one-person and group shows in Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Santa Fe, and New York City. Recently, he was included in a group exhibition in Nagoya, Japan.

His work has been featured in numerous publications, among them Art in America, New American Paintings, the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Weekly, Dallas Morning Arc Earth 16, High density pigment on birch 21 x 21 x 2 in. News, Dallas Observer, and the Times-Picayune. He has also been heard in segments on radio stations KERA, WRR, and WBAP.

Smith's work appears in various public and private collections. Corporate collections include Belo, Citicorp, Chase Manhattan Bank, Neiman-Marcus, Nokia, Sony, the Tandy Corporation, and Texas Instruments. Additional collections include Austin College, Boston University, the City of Denton, Grinnell College, KERA, the Tanglewood Foundation, Tulane University, and the University of North Texas.

Mark Smith currently serves as a professor of art at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, where he has taught since 1986. He earned an MFA from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. He has been represented by William Campbell Contemporary Art since 1985.


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

 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



William Campbell Contemporary Art
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