CURRENT EXHIBIT

ROBERT MCAN

IMPLIED LANDSCAPES
December 2, 2011 - January 7, 2012

RECEPTION: Friday, December 2 6-8 pm


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Implied Landscapes, an exhibition of new works by Robert McAn, will be on display December 2, 2011-January 7, 2012, at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Friday, December 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The show will include sculptures from McAn's popular tree series, as well as new mixed-media canvases featuring abstracted landscapes created, ironically, from trash.

This latest expression of McAn's interest in humankind's complex and often tragic relationship with nature materialized after the artist discovered piles of discarded cardboard boxes, bundled together and ready for recycling, behind his local Walmart store. He photographed the dismantled boxes, finding elements of landscapes within the assortment of random imagery on the cardboard. The finished products emerged as mixed-media giclιe prints with drybrush on canvas.

Bluebird

ROBERT MCAN
Bluebird

McAn's use of popular imagery and common materials examines a high/low dichotomy-in particular, the nonsensical idea that trash could become beautiful and in fact symbolize nature in its most pristine form. The irony is both literal and metaphorical. Modern industry-specifically, big-box stores like Walmart-has transformed much of our physical landscape from fields and forests into warehouses and parking lots. Culturally, we are conditioned to expect a suburban landscape filled not with acres of trees, but with rows and rows of consumables at our fingertips. McAn's pieces illuminate the absurdity in this process. Trees are razed and fashioned into cardboard boxes, which are used to hold and transport various material goods. The boxes are then discarded and prepared for recycling, or worse, re-enter the landscape as tenants of a landfill. The artist has interrupted this process by reincarnating the refuse as art, in effect returning the trees to their initial place in the landscape.

Reflection A long-established and sought-after series, McAn's tree sculptures combine found branches with miniature plastic figurines to create unique tableaus indicative of the relationship between the natural and manmade worlds. The whimsical alongside the serious, the juxtaposition of organic and manufactured materials, and extreme variations in scale among each sculpture's components, all conspire to portray a sense of the absurd. The scenes engage the viewer with subtle narratives that are at once alluring and disconcerting, as the initially bucolic vignettes reveal some sort of startling detail upon closer inspection.

Natural materials, found objects, and recycled elements are common threads throughout McAn's work, which routinely becomes a compelling examination of the absurd. By creating beautiful yet ironic scenes, the artist manages to return natural materials to their pure states within an "implied" landscape, even as he sustains a conversation about human interaction and impact-both on each other and on our world.







ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sunrise A Fort Worth native, Robert McAn has been exhibiting professionally for more than two decades. He has shown work in venues throughout Texas, including those in Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington, Austin, Denton, Houston, and San Antonio, among others.

His work has been reviewed and discussed extensively in local and regional publications, including Fort Worth's Star-Telegram, the Dallas Morning News and Dallas Observer, the Houston Chronicle, American Way magazine, Art Lies, and New American Paintings. His pieces are featured in many private collections around the world; public and corporate collections include those of the University of North Texas, Plano's PageNet Corporation, and the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas.

Robert McAn received his Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of North Texas, where he studied under Vernon Fischer and Brent Phelps. He has taught as an adjunct art professor at both Austin College and the University of North Texas. Currently, McAn serves as membership and special events manager at the Kimbell Art Museum, where he has worked since 1994.


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

 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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William Campbell Contemporary Art
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
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