CURRENT EXHIBIT

OTIS JONES

NEW WORKS


February 14, 2009 - March 21, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 14, 2009, 6-8 p.m.


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Four White Lines with Ochre
Four White Lines with Ochre
mixed media on paper
42 x 80 inches

An exhibition of works by renowned Texas artist Otis Jones will be on display February 14-March 21 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Saturday, February 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The exhibition will include a dozen new works displaying Jones's process-focused abstraction, which employs subtle textures and muted colors to create an atmosphere of depth and introspection.

A highly accomplished and innovative painter, Otis Jones combines multiple materials-both fine art and industrial-to produce nonrepresentational, meditative colorscapes. Intricate fields of color comprise layer upon layer of mixed media that have been built up, sanded down, painted, marked, or otherwise manipulated. By continually adding and removing surface elements, the artist exposes the compositional strata, and thus a visual history of the work's evolution. The result is an invitingly tactile matrix of color, texture, and line that becomes its own inclusive object. This dynamic process invites viewers to share in the artist's process and participate in the work's physicality.

Red Oxide With Four Black Lines
Red Oxide With Four Black Lines
mixed media on linen laid on wood panel
39 x 37 inches

Irregular edges and evident gestures make Jones's work highly expressive, even as purposeful marks and calculated layering add elements of precision to the compositions. They are loose yet controlled, emotional yet intellectual. Four White Lines with Ochre,a large-scale diptych on paper, features two parallel color fields-highly contrasted, but softened by their texture and delicate color gradations. At nearly seven feet across, this contemplative, vast piece envelops the surrounding space. Freeform brushwork produces fluid movement throughout, while a smattering of short vertical and horizontal marks defines the surface and emphasizes the overall structure of the piece.

Discernible brush strokes, coupled with Jones's quasi gridlines, create visual rhythm as they form a refined pattern in Red Oxide. This mixture produces a balanced but undulating composition that completely encompasses the nearly square, three-foot monochromatic field. Lines meld together with layers of pigment and medium to create cohesion among the elements, deeply rooting the surface area into the support. And it is this cohesion that the artist strives for in his work, as he endeavors to create two-dimensional art with an impenetrable bond between parts and whole.

Reluctant to influence viewers' interpretations, Jones prefers to let people glean what they will from his work. Because they do not reference a recognizable place, era, or culture, the abstract paintings become anonymous and universal, in effect tabulae rasae. But undisputed is the visceral energy created by the artist's technique, which encourages visual awareness and inspires curiosity.

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

 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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William Campbell Contemporary Art
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11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
and by appointment
 
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