CURRENT EXHIBIT

STEVE MURPHY


February 18 - March 17, 2012

RECEPTION: Saturday, February 18, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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STEVE MURPHY

STEVE MURPHY
Is There Something More

An exhibition of new sculptures by Houston artist Steve Murphy will be on display February 18-March 17, at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will feature Murphy's geometric, three-dimensional forms of welded steel, lead, and wood. Abstract and largely minimalist, the pieces embody grace and movement while also exhibiting a controlled precision.

STEVE MURPHY

STEVE MURPHY
I Remember

Murphy's interest lies largely in the formal elements of sculpture: line, form, space, and volume. He works to reduce each to its purest essence, at the same time exploring the geometric relationships inherent within the forms. This ongoing fascination with geometry often centers on the ellipse, which the artist exploits to create a controlled and continuous curvature throughout each piece. The simple yet lyric curves evoke movement and energy.

Is There Something More suggests slow, thoughtful motion as it rises up from the ground and gently arcs through space. This monolithic figure, at once solid and flowing, reveals beauty in its simplicity. The sensuality of the surface belies its initially smooth appearance, as it evidences the artist's hand. Murphy has worked the exterior to create a patina through chemical-induced oxidation, giving the piece its intense coloration, tactile sensibility, and overall deeper dimension.

If I Had My Way rests carefully on its elliptical curve, displaying potential energy and balance. The juxtaposition of contrasting colors and materials adds an asymmetry that heightens the visual stimulus of the piece. Pure line and form interact fluidly to create an austere and engaging sculpture. STEVE MURPHY Murphy has a background in industrial design, and his vast knowledge of technological innovations and chemistry inform his work. He begins the creative process by mapping out each sculpture with drafting software-a method that not only facilitates the artist's process, but also makes construction of such complex geometric forms possible. He then translates the two-dimensional design into a three-dimensional model, which serves as a basis for the final construction. After the forms have been produced, Murphy plays with their surfaces, emphasizing and augmenting the natural beauty of the raw materials. The steel pieces are fabricated via welding, and their surfaces manipulated by the artist through grinding, smoothing, and chemical application to produce the desired patina. Murphy's handling of the materials juxtaposes the geometric with the organic, transforming crude, industrial surfaces into rich, sensual volumetric planes.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

STEVE MURPHY An acclaimed Texas artist, Steve Murphy has exhibited work widely around the state. Notable venues include the Arlington Museum of Art, the Art Museum of South Texas in Houston, the Austin Museum of Art, Dallas Visual Arts Center, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Galveston Arts Center, the University of Texas at Arlington, and galleries in Houston, Tucson, and Santa Fe, to name a few. His public art creations have been realized in Houston and Austin.

Murphy's work has appeared in various publications, including Art Lies, Sculpture magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Houston Post, San Antonio Express, and Fort Worth's Star-Telegram, among others.

Steve Murphy received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston.


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

 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
4935 Byers Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76107
PHONE: (817) 737-9566, FAX: (817) 737-5466
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
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11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
 
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