CURRENT EXHIBIT

RANDALL REID

IN TIMES PAST


January 30, 2010 - March 13, 2010

RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST
Saturday, January 30, 2010; 6-8 p.m.



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Sun Behind the Clouds
RANDALL REID
Sun Behind the Clouds, 2009
Mixed Media
6.5 x 5.5 x 2 inches

Randall Reid's experiences, from the earliest to the most recent, are integrated into every work of art he creates. He has been searching out and gathering bits and pieces of the natural and manmade environment for forty years, waiting for the exact composition that a particular object will bring to fruition. He refers to all his finished pieces as "earth symptoms" because he either incorporates natural weathering or distresses each fragment by hand, setting up a process by which wood or steel 850 New Mexico begins its journey back to nature. He refers to this process as "redirecting," a deceptively simple term that belies the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into it. He casts his materials into different forms by rearranging their elements and shifting their parts. Because each thing already has its own history, the juxtaposition creates a new entity altogether.

The first impression of a work of art registers indelibly upon the mind, but this does not necessarily indicate that the deeper meaning is concealed from view, to be discovered through additional investigation. On the contrary, the heart of the matter is almost always hidden in plain sight. Understanding it is another matter. The artist must furnish visual clues, however oblique, that tap into the universal consciousness. Randall Reid's work directs the eye into depths behind depths, inviting the viewer's spirit to step into the piece, to explore, to discover the intuitive perfection that is embedded in even the most opaque aspects of the world.

Reidcreates compellingly tactile surfaces that stir long-forgotten memories of walls that had become so familiar to us that they ceased to be noticed. Suddenly, their essence becomes visible again, paraphrased by these enigmatic works of art. Weathered and scarred, they conceal other dimensions; pierced by complex glimpses into the beyond, they hint at other lives and other times.

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Working with steel, brass, and wood, Reid blurs the line between materials so that metal sometimes looks like wood, while wood takes on different characteristics altogether. His superb technique enables him to transform these ambiguities into evanescent faηades that veil their content in the same way that a human face keeps its secrets. Having crafted these rich planes, Reid then presses through them to reveal windows within windows that promise refuge, solitude, and enlightenment. Each person experiences these apertures differently. Expectations are raised but not easily fulfilled, and therein lies the real message: it is the process and not the destination that is interesting; it is the desire to know that gives life to life.

By collaborating with nature rather than imposing an artificial structure on it, Reid creates an abstract meditation on the way objects fit into the world, and the way certain thoughts fit into the overall picture. The experience of viewing one of these works of art is closely akin to the observation of patterns in the larger environment or to a discussion of music or philosophy. Dreamlike and contemplative, the images pile up layer upon layer of meaning to create portals into other dimensions.

Suzanne Deats

ABOUT THE ARTIST

735 Sunbelt Randall Reid earned his BFA from Louisiana Tech and an MFA from Texas Tech. He is currently a Professor at Texas State University in San Marcos. Reid's works are included in numerous museum collections, including The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX, The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, Longview Art Museum, Longview, Texas, Masur Museum, Monroe, Louisiana, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, The Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, and The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, Pennsylvania, as well as numerous private and corporate collections.


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

 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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E-Mail: wcca@flash.net

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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