December 3, 2004 – January 8, 2005
Holiday Open House – Friday, December 3rd; 6-8pm
|Michael’s Wings, 2004
oil on canvas, 64” x 52”
SEE THE ARTIST'S GALLERY
On Friday, December 3, 2004 from 6-8 pm, William Campbell Contemporary Art
will open an exhibition by Texas artist Scottie Parsons.
Ms. Parsons will exhibit new paintings and works on paper inspired by
her interest in the vastness of space and infinity.
All abstract art involves the viewer in some way, whether by arousing
the emotions, challenging the intellect, or setting up intuitive
associations. Scottie Parsons manages to incorporate all these dynamics
into unified images with subtle depths. One’s mind can move around
freely within her compositions; one can breathe in the spaces between
her meditative brush strokes.
Each person who stands before a Scottie Parsons canvas brings a different
set of circumstances with which to engage the image. Mindset, mood, and
even physical stature can further enhance the response. One can own one’s
experience absolutely with such works of art that are free from the
influence of referential details. These paintings do not dictate a
subject or a feeling. Rather, they invite the mind to explore
The images are composed by means of form and color. "Structure is
important," says Parsons, "but not to the point of being rigid. It’s
more like I set up a structure, then make continual adjustments until
it becomes a finished piece. I start with a wash and some linear
elements, then work with the relationship of color to color. Numerous
changes will occur as color and form develop."
Frequently she will start out with swift, sketchy snippets of poetry,
just to get past the blank canvas. It is not a literary device, but
an artistic one, more related to line than message. These words are
rapidly obscured as the painting progresses, sometimes by overpainting
and sometimes by erasing or scrubbing off, an idea known as palimpsest.
This process is a powerful metaphor for the passage of time, a
consistent theme in Parsons’ work. She is careful to keep the
surface alive as she proceeds, rather than allowing the paint to
assume a fixed quality.
Parsons exhibits in important metropolitan galleries, although she
is based in a small, geographically isolated city. This distance
undoubtedly gives her a true perspective on the big picture, a
perspective that can be compromised by the contingencies of living
within an active art scene. She has traveled widely, visiting Greece,
Spain, and Italy, among other places. She has studied with such
contemporary legends as Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler,
Nancy Graves, Nathan Oliveira, and Joan Snyder, and her work now
hangs in such important corporate collections as Hallmark, Verizon,
and Neiman-Marcus. Her work was also exhibited in La Paz, Bolivia,
for a period of two years through the Art in Embassies Program of
the U.S. State Department.
Parsons brings a wealth of ideas to her work, yet in the end her
paintings transcend their content to become gateways to the
not-yet-imagined. Always, her paintings include large areas that
suggest the vastness of space. Where she travels within that space
depends upon the direction mandated by the painting.
"Right now," she says, "I’m questioning how to expand my imagery
of light, space, infinity, and the passage of time to better
reflect our changing world. Sometimes I seem to be concentrating
on my own perceptions and the way I feel, to the extent that it
becomes repetitive, but now the work may be expanding beyond that.
I realize that there is more out there past the known universe, an
infinity of space which contains the kernel of creation. There is
an ‘is’ that will show up."
Previous Gallery Shows
Bete Noire: September 18 – October 23, 2004
Surface: June 19 – September 4, 2004
Judy Youngblood: May 1 - June 5, 2004