May 9, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 6 - 8 p.m.



Mixed Precipitation, 2009
Mixed Precipitation, 2009
Relief Print, Collage, Pencil & Charcoal On Paper Laid Down On Panel
39 7/8 x 37 3/4 in.

An exhibition of new works by acclaimed Texas artist Judy Youngblood will be on display May 9 - June 13 at William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held May 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Titled Effects of Time and Weather, the exhibition will include nearly two dozen paintings and mixed media pieces featuring the artist's interest in the relationship between cycles of life and the passage of time.

A seasoned printmaker, Youngblood places a heavy focus on process, and her art contains multiple layers that enrich texture while displaying a visual record of each piece's evolution. Although representational, the work has a contemporary edge. Stylized figures, purposeful marks, and bold colors intertwine on a flattened plane to compose an abstracted, universal narrative.

"My work explores the juxtaposition and tension between the constant change and repetition of life."

Autumn Bluster
Charcoal & Acrylic On Paper Mounted On Panel
18 x 24 in.

Youngblood couples personal experience with universal imagery to depict the internal journey of the human experience over time. In doing so, she utilizes weather as a metaphor for the constant yet ephemeral situations that life brings. A reliable presence but also an agent of change, weather can signify new horizons or re-introduce old ones. It is temporal and uncontrollable, and it continually alters the environment.

"The symbolism of water as it facilitates and destroys life and enables growth is important."

Water is often the central visual element in Youngblood's work. Appearing as a gentle rain, raging sea, or something between the two, water has the power to be cleansing and nourishing, but also destructive. The artist employs its physical properties-liquid, solid, gas-to mirror the ever-changing nature and common challenges of life-birth, growth, struggle, death, and renewal. She frequently represents this cycle with swaths of stylized raindrops that dominate the picture plane and the figures within the landscape. Their unified pattern and consistent movement simultaneously exemplify repetition and change. This complex interaction further illustrates the ongoing cyclical relationship between outside forces and inner life-the continuity of change.

Plenty of Sunshine
Charcoal & Acrylic On Paper Mounted On Panel
18 x 24 in.


A highly accomplished and award-winning artist, Judy Youngblood has worked actively as a printmaker, painter, and art educator for more than three decades. She has exhibited work locally and nationally, including solo and group shows in Fort Worth, Austin, Boston, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Her work has also appeared in international exhibitions mounted in Canada, China, and Spain.

Her work is featured in many public and private art collections across the United States, including those of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the National Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Texas Instruments Corporation.

Judy Youngblood earned a BS in painting and art education and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin. She went on to win a Fulbright Scholarship, which led her to study under W. Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17 in Paris, and also completed two residencies at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Most recently, she participated in the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts' Leadership Arts Program.

A professor of art at the University of North Texas for more than twenty years, Youngblood was named Professor Emeritus in 1998.




May 1, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009, 6 - 8 p.m.

Fort Worth Commemorative, 2009
Fort Worth Commemorative, 2009
Digital Ink Jet Print On Ultra Chrome Cotton Paper
36 x 24 inches

William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc. is pleased to present a solo show from Los Angeles-based artist Cliff Garten. Organic Geometries is a reconsideration of digitally generated three-dimensional models of Garten's sculptures and other selected natural forms.

Strings - Column B, 2009
Digital Ink Jet Print On Ultra Chrome Cotton Paper
60 x 44 inches

The Avenue of Light commemorative print (edition of 20) represents the six iconic stainless steel sculptures spanning approximately 1/2 mile along Fort Worth's reclaimed historic Lancaster Avenue. The building of the Avenue of Light was a four year process involving sculpture, urban design and landscape architecture along with strong community input organized by the Fort Worth Public Art Program. The sculpture involved digital design and fabrication techniques as well as exacting craft in assembly and welding. The stainless steel sculptures that tower 36 feet are inspired by the nearby Texas & Pacific Terminal's Art Deco architecture that has been digitally manipulated and interpreted into stainless steel plates used to construct the pieces. The lines comprising the commemorative print are taken from digital fabrication drawings for the Avenue of Light sculptures. The commemorative print uses the "plan" view of the fabrication drawings, expands the thousands of lines of the digital drawing into a new two-dimensional image, exploiting the delicate line qualities and colors through digital manipulation of the sculptures.

Many of the prints in Organic Geometries are derived from working drawings of site specific sculptures created by Cliff Garten that are located across the United States. The first prints Garten made were taken from the digital drawing of a sculpture for the Interdisciplinary Research Center at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. The soaring sculpture titled Strings which has been installed in the length of the seven story atrium was based upon the columnar structure of an enzyme, the myosin-heavy-chain, a product of the research in the facility. Impressed by the line work of the digital drawings for fabrication of the sculptures Garten decided to manipulate and color the line work to create new images of exceptional depth and clarity. There are three of these large prints in the exhibition titled Strings, Column, A, B, and C. To Garten the organic quality of these prints were reminiscent of the illustrations of radiolarian (protozoan), by the eminent German naturalist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919). Garten has appropriated these images, redrawing Haeckel's two dimensional images as three dimensional digital models. Garten's prints exhibit the most precise balance of applied art and applied science, adding another layer of complexity to Haeckel's work. We look into these prints as into yet another three-dimensional realm, made possible by technologies that provide new ways of seeing.

The various sized edition of prints manifest as complex, layered, line work that depict contours or sections of digitally rendered three-dimensional forms. The sections sliced from the initial 3-D model are layered, alluding to the experience of the three-dimensional piece the sections were extracted from. While at once revealing themselves as an obvious rigorous digital system of line work, the work also refers to the hand drawn mathematical curves produced by the Spirograph, a geometric drawing toy introduced in the mid 1960's. This direct visual connection bridges the two vastly different technologies of work drawn by a system using the hand and work which is digitally conceived and rendered to reveal the possibilities of innovative technologies.


Cliff Garten received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI as well as his Master of Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Cliff Garten is founder of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, CA. Mr. Garten's practice integrates architecture, landscape and engineering as necessary means of positioning his sculpture in the public realm. His studio pursues public infrastructure as something that can perform in engaging and expressive ways, providing for our basic needs, as well as elevating itself to the status of sculpture. Cliff Garten Studio has over twenty years of experience in creating public artwork, integrated into public buildings, urban lighting, bridges, landscapes, site furniture, and public art plans that generate places for meaningful activity in the public realm and that point to a sustainable future. The studio has demonstrated its excellence in design and public art planning through a diversity of materials, methods and scale, in over 40 built projects in the U.S. and Canada that reveal the expressive potential of public places and infrastructure in the urban realm. Cliff Garten is the recipient of two Individual Artist Fellowships form the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation Fellowship for Individual Artists, the Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship and the Jerome Foundation Travelling Artist Grant. The American Society of Landscape Architects has cited many of this works for design excellence. He has served as a visiting critic at Harvard GSD, as well as UCLA School of Architecture, Otis Art Institute and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Mr. Garten lives and works in Los Angeles, where he continues his studio practice.


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.

Tuesday through Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
and by appointment

Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at or at 817-737-9566 for more information.

Previous Exhibitions

 JOHN HOLT SMITH - OPIATES & OCULI: March 28, 2009 - May 2, 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


 BOB WADE - GUSHERS + MORE: FEB. 16 - MAR. 22, 2008

 TOM HOLLENBACK - ACRYLIC & STEEL: NOV. 30, 2007 - JAN. 6, 2008



 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


 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


 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
and by appointment
Gallery One Frames
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday
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