Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Podcast: Artsy




The Artsy Podcast (link here) is an exciting podcast that covers the art world. Above, Alexander Forbes is one of the voices you might hear. Unlike other podcasts, this one is staffed by several commentators and you might get a short interview, a perspective on an important cultural event, or maybe some exciting artist that has made a splash on the scene.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Podcast: The Conversation



The Conversation (link here) is an art podcast that takes on serious issues of gentrification, art production, and making a living as an artist. His interviews are insightful, but sometimes gets a little off track which can be great tangents and other times I stick around just to see where things might go.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Podcast: Savvy Painter




The Savvy Painter (link here) is another great podcast worth listening to and learning about how other artists live.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

PodCast: The Jealous Curator (Art for the Ear)


The Jealous Curator (link here) is blog and podcast. She interviews artists that use a wide variety of styles and methods of art production. She plans to change things up after the 100th episode, so I am wondering what she has in mind. In the meantime, I have been going back in old episodes and listening to her past interviews. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Contemporary Art


A post shared by Todd Camplin (@toddecamplin) on

I made this drawing in 2007 and I converted it into a painting because I am experimenting with paintings now.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Oil Pastel experiments



I am testing out some ideas in oil pastel. The works are messy and fun to make. I started with simple shapes and then work on drawing my abstract text line work. I am also working with some images that don't use simple shapes, but rather a negative space. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

David Allan Peters


Untitled #54

2015, Acrylic paint on panel, 60 x 40 inches

This is an example of David Allan Peters (above). (Below) is his process video. I enjoyed watching his abstract art production. Here is a link to his site. 


Cosmos + Taxis

My work is featured on the front of a journal: Cosmos + Taxis (studies in emergent order and organization). Go check it out for all the great content and also for my art piece. Here is the link.
Here is their main page with more information (link).

Read my brother Troy Camplin's contribution to the journal: The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge by Matt Ridley. You will find it at the end of the journal.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Modernist Zines

A collection of Modernist art Zines have gone online. I am a big fan of these old publications. Check out this link to see some historical moments. So many zines are online now, that I can't image how much is being lost right now. Just like back in the early film days. So much was lost then too.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Something Old

A Handy Thing
2008-09

Art
2007





Tuesday, March 07, 2017

MURIELLE WHITE + ANNA ELISE JOHNSON


Murielle White
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On January 7th 2017, Murielle White’s much anticipated painting show opens at Cris Worley Fine Arts. I had the privilege of attending grad school with her at UNT. We were two of the three Painting and Drawing majors in the class of 2010. She has a strong Texas presence as an artist, but she is also very transnational as well. All four of her grandparents are from different countries and she has traveled all over the globe soaking in the world culture and reflecting her experiences on canvas. You might think that she would have an international style, but White’s paintings are extremely personal which reflects in her work.

Murielle White uses each part of the canvas as an experiment of paint, drawing, and collage to build a personal story that reflects her feelings and personal narrative, but from a viewer’s perspective it feels relatable in content and form. Colors and images feel much like a collage, but not one that has been contrived in order to create arbitrary juxtapositions. But rather, they are akin to a community wall where people from centuries have added, covered up, and added more. White has mentioned that there are elements of line and shape that represent lines on a map, but her work also breaks down the borders where there is a free exchange of visual information between each part of the painting. The mix between graphic element, thick paint, and thin expanses of color make for a highly charged work of art. I can’t wait to see this show.

Right now, up until this weekend are the works of Anna Elise Johnson. Power, the unseen hand, the movers and shakers; these are some of the stories behind the layered collage styled images embedded in resin and acrylic blocks. The narratives of consequential meetings between power brokers harkens back to the feeling of the 1980’s. Deals for money and ideology between business and state seemed to be in forefront of the headlines and culture, but now they seem to have re emerged with a product of the 80’s taking the Presidential reins. Although Johnson’s images are colorful, in contrast the figures feel mysterious and ominously anonymous. I think the layering of the images between the clear material adds to the content of the subject by implying a “layered and complex” story that is transparent visually, but opaque in what might have been discussed in her meeting narratives. I think someone can get lost in conspiracy ideas or just enjoy the moment’s possibilities Johnson’s works seem to create.

Murielle White’s exhibition titled Mutation will start on the 7th of January and Anna Elise Johnson’s show titled Inner Workings will come down December the 31st. Looks like Cris Worley Fine Arts is a great place to visit as we end this year and begin the next.

Monday, March 06, 2017

TANGLED UP IN BLUE



Lorraine Tady

Isafjordur (OVS, Westfords, Iceland), 2016



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Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson wrote the iconic song Blue Christmas which was most notably performed by Elvis Presley. Often times you see blue is associated with the celebration of Hanukah. Blue can mean color or a feeling, blue can be royal, in the Renaissance it meant the spiritual heavens as well as the sky. Blue is a cultural icon of American taste, expressed in a pair of jeans and in the invention of a music form called the Blues. So, in the spirit of the culture and climate of the holiday season, Barry Whistler Gallery has launched an exhibition titled Tangled Up in Blue.

Around this time of year there is a glut of group shows. It seems that wrapping up art and putting it under the tree isn’t the first gift people have in mind. So, many galleries choose to help people that are out and about looking for something unique by showing a great deal of their stable artists. Some are unthemed, but the better shows are driven by a concept. At first glance, picking a simple theme like the color blue might seem a thin concept, but as I pointed out before, blue has a great deal of baggage in meaning. Not to mention that all the selected artists use blue in these particular pieces to convey their own personal meanings. Otis Jones’ Eight Lines Blue #2 is just one of many works he makes in various colors, but somehow, this abstract painting had just a little more punchiness in the context than the rest of the works in the show.

Lorraine Tady uses blue frequently in her work, so she had three pieces in the show. Tady’s works on paper have beautiful lines and shapes that remind me of blueprints for a building or plans for a complex machine. The blue shapes seem to cut and fade into the paper. I love the size of paper she uses. Her choice of size pushes her drawing outside the realm of anyone calling these works doodles. Mark Williams and Martha Groome also have several pieces in the show. Their paintings have a similar look and feel, but Groome is purely clean and sharp in line and color, while Williams appears to squeegee his colors and shapes onto the surface.

Tom Orr had a piece that stood out, even though it was in a far corner of the gallery. It looked to be an installation just for that space. The blue lines of light played off the plastic laying against the wall. The optical effect of layering the material was also a play with your eyes. Tucked in another corner of the gallery is a piece by John Wilcox. This abstract work is a simple, subtle, somewhat informal, but highly attractive painting in the color blue. Other worthy artists to mention in the show are Danny Williams, Andrea Rosenberg, Max Ernst, Luke Harnden, Terrell James, and Ellsworth Kelly.

If you still have the blues in 2017, you still have a chance to see the show at Barry Whistler Gallery, which will be up until January 21st.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

THE YEAR IN REVIEW of 2016 art highlights



Bonny Leibowitz - Monument Pile, 2016 at Liliana Bloch Gallery
vinyl, vintage and contemporary textiles, photography of textiles, 
pigment on mulberry paper, acrylic and stitching. 78"x65"


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I know it is early, but I think this would be a good time to review the year in visual art. Many people might think this year wasn’t all that great overall, but locally our art scenes of the Metroplex had some exciting shows. This encompases both commercial and museum art spaces.

Jackson Pollock’s teacher Thomas Hart Benton had a focus show at the Amon Carter. An impressive show of theatrical paintings. I wasn’t a fan before I saw the show, but I had to admire him when I left. He was in the business of creating a mythical United States with all the ugliness that goes along with the glory. Jackson Pollock’s show at the Dallas Museum of Art was a real eye opener. This exhibition covered a few years of his lesser known black paintings. Pollock was also a myth maker, but his came from making work about paint and what a painter could do. Both men may have had totally different styles and approaches, but their goal to make paintings that were larger than life was achieved.

Can you also believe that the Fort Worth Modern had a retrospective of Frank Stella’s work? That is right, the monumental show made me want to run right back into the studio and make a response piece or two. From the early paintings that were shaped, minimal canvases to the massive maximalist sculptures and paintings of the later work; one visit was not enough for me.

This year’s Dallas Art Fair was the best yet. All the art related activities, events, and other shows during the art fair week help Dallas move a bit closer to an event week like Art Basel Miami, if only just a little. Some artist solo shows stick in my mind, like Jim Stoker’s landscapes at Valley House Gallery. I gained a new appreciation for contemporary landscape. I have been following Bonny Leibowitz for some time and I was excited that after her show at Lillian Bloch Gallery, her current work went up to New York City for another show. Mathew Zefeldt was one of the best solo painting show this year at a commercial gallery. Similar to the way That 70’s Show taped into nostalgia without being just plain nostalgic, Zefeldt taps into the 1990’s digital images, but he reorganizes and makes new images in the style of 16 bit that makes the work seem fresh, yet from an earlier time. Circuit 12 Contemporary had a way of creating great solo shows like Zefeldt and also some amazing group shows.

Last week I mentioned Circuit 12 Contemporary’s group show titled Hot and Wet and a show titled Cult of Color in relation to Adam Palmer’s work, but I must also express that these two shows were the best this year in the category of group shows. The gallery I am associated with also had a pretty amazing painting show by a group of artists. The exhibition was titled Manmade and was helded at Holly Johnson Gallery. Manmade highlighted seven artists that range in style and speaks to what is exciting in abstract painting today.

So, as you can see, there are a lot of positive things to reflect upon in 2016. Let’s hope the arts will flourish even more next year.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

ADAM PALMER at Tarrant County College Southeast


"Piñata Repair Island By Plane"
22x26in. Mixed Media


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When visiting the UNT printmaking department back in 2010, I would often find Adam Palmer hard at work preparing screens for printing. I would talk to him about drawing, because he also worked with pens and markers as did I. His work at the time was moving from a more cartoon style, similar to the Chicago Imagist movement, to just shapes and colors. His use of color, however, managed to maintain the animated quality without pointing directly to particular content.

We haven’t talked much since grad school, only social media check-ins, but I have been keeping up with his work. I was incredibly excited to see his strange little toy objects made of plastic at Circuit 12 Contemporary’s Primer store. These little creatures and plants are crazy colorful, and appear to be made from cheap plastic material. I don’t know if he makes his own models or has just Frankenstein's monstered them together, but they are hilariously fun little sculptures.

Palmer is also closing a show this Saturday at the Art Corridor of Tarrant County College Southeast. This show features a colorful array of drawings and prints. To put it in music genre terms, his work is a bit disco meets glam rock with maybe a hint of punk. I am sure some might even see the 1960’s psychedelic musical as possible influence, including those posters by Victor Moscoso. However he personally hold Prince and New Wave musicians in the highest esteem in relationship to his work. I also find his colors quite attractive, because his colors remind me of just about any artist in this year’s show titled Cult of Color at Circuit 12. Even artists like Bradley Kerl, Alika Herreshoff, and Angel Oloshove from Circuit 12’s show titled Hot and Wet feel similar to Palmer in aesthetic color and attitude. You get the feeling Palmer is interested in the dialogue between low and high art. I think this is because he describes his influences as coming from the pop culture of cable cartoons and pop music of his childhood, but Palmer does something that for me is pretty bold.

In school, I was told over and over again, that artists should keep a book and fill it with images and other things of interest. I have a disorganized source I draw upon to build my aesthetic language, but Palmer has his influences laid out on his webpage. This is rare to find in an artist, and I wish more artists would place their sources of inspiration out on display as Palmer has so boldly put forth. Check out his site, and if you can, his show at Tarrant County College Southeast before it closes this Saturday. If you can’t I am sure his work will be popping up again real soon.

Friday, March 03, 2017

ART ON HENDERSON



Russ Connell - "Stella", 2016.
Welded Corten Steel. 3' x 3' x 6.5'


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For several years I have judged the Art on Henderson Project, but I haven’t thought much about what this art is really doing for the community it serves. After all, this project is suppose to beautiful the street and attract people to visit the neighborhood. Is this art also changing the area and raising its profile which attracts developers? How does the community on Henderson see this art venture?

There has been a bit of an uproar in Los Angeles by activities over art galleries “ruining the neighborhood” by gentrifying spaces with art. Picking on art galleries for needing cheap rent might grab headlines, but this argument lacks an understanding of how cities organically change and grow. Locally, Giovanni Valderas has been questioning the developers in the DFW area about their gentrifying neighborhoods without creating a space for rooted residences. But at least, Valderas asking for dialogue. He isn’t point fingers and blaming people. Change in a city is organic, ebb and flow, a mix between the city planners visions, the invisible hand of the market, and a even just a few individual choices can change an area in a city.

When traveling down North Henderson Avenue I stopped in at Muse, a salon, where I meet with Todd Faulk, he notices a great deal of change over the years. New construction, restaurants, and residence have replaced some older buildings. Some empty lots are now under construction. His clients sometimes spoke about the sculptures and Faulk felt that the sculptures sometimes seemed to also fit the businesses or spaces where they were installed. But the Pokemon Go craz seemed to attract the most attention for the sculptures over the summer, because these objects became notable sites in the game. Faulk saw a positive to sculptures and I got the impression he was mostly positive about the changes on his street.

Individual pieces also had an impact. I stop at a place called Jakes where I saw the winning piece by Elizabeth Akamatsu. I talked to a manager, J.P. Miller about what he thought of the art on the street. He seemed excited about the project and was happy to see the artist have a get together at Jakes for the instillation of her piece. I also dropped by Planet Blue, a clothing store, to see third place winner Dasha Wright’s piece. I can’t confirm, but from indications of Planet Blue sales clerk, more than a few photos have been taken of the piece. I am assuming of the selfie persuasion.

I drove up and down the street looking at pieces, but also I started taking note of the surrounding area. It gave me pause as I soaked in the art and the environment around the objects. Sometimes, you can’t see the forest for the trees, and on this occasion I am guilty. The next time I look at 2017 sculptures, I will have to make note of the surroundings and think about how it impacts the viewers and those that live with the pieces for two years.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

JAMES DRAKE + DION JOHNSON


Dion Johnson - Sonic Sky, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas,

60 x 80 inches

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James Drake is like my favorite band, They Might Be Giants, in that no genre/style is left unexplored. Drake seems to move smoothly through realistic depiction to purely conceptual style works. One moment he my render an amazing figure twisting, showing well defined muscles and the next art piece might be a rendition of a mathematical formula. I think when an idea takes hold of Drake, he tries to play it out and see where it goes. So it comes as no surprise to me that Drake would display a show about mail at Holly Johnson Gallery.

When you walk into the gallery you are confronted with a wall of collaged letters, envelopes, and postcards that are arranged in a way that visually makes the papers appear to move like a river across the wall. The piece is titled Flocking Shoaling Swarming (Blue Kiss) and I can also see a kind of swarm of paper resembling the chaotic arrangement of a school of fish or flock of birds. A large circular collage is on the next wall with inner flowing implied circles. You may think, OK it is mail, what is so special about that? Well, Drake isn’t purging a hoarder collection of mail, but rather he is capturing a moment where print and mail in general is on a decline. Will mail completely disappear in the future? Drake may be implying the coming doom of this type of communication by memorializing these papers into artistic compositions. He even moves towards repurposing his paper through the act of applying his poetry to some of the work. These pieces were particularly exciting and I like the direction of placing meaningful words on top of discarded and meaningless junk mail. You can’t talk about mail art without mentioning Annette Lawrence and her body of work dealing with mail, sorting, stacking. Even though they both used the same type of material, it feels as if they took different approaches to the mail as subject matter.

I am excited to see another show by Dion Johnson. When so many artists are bowing down to the great and powerful Drip, Johnson stops short and gives the suggestion of flow without the drippy, drippy. His colors are charged and each plays off the other to make a harmonious combination of color values. Some color combinations are striking enough to make you adjust to see the work. I also like the organic shapes. I enjoy these energetic and colorful paintings which don’t bore you with just pure line, but rather with line of color that seems to ooze down the surface of the canvas.

Just to let you know, I work with Holly Johnson on some shows and I enjoy dropping by and chatting. Go talk to her this weekend at Dion Johnson’s opening on Saturday, November 19th. Johnson’s show will run through February 4th, and you can see the work by James Drake until December 23.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

End of Hyperbolic Posts for Now

After two months of exaggerated language posts, I think it is time to take a break in return my blog back to a few posts about my articles at ModernDallas.net, my art, other artists I want to talk about, and general goings on in the arts around Texas and Louisiana areas. However, I might just place a post like last month in here or there just for fun. That A/Art site had some great examples of work, and I think I could have posted something for each day of 2017. I was just running out of goofy tag lines. I goes I could have repeated them like click baiters do.



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

People insist upon talking about Yves Oppenheim

Yves Oppenheim
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The strange case of Hugh McCarthy's art

Hugh McCarthy
Link to artist's site.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wow, just wow, look at Tobias Lehner's art

Tobias Lehner
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Friday, February 24, 2017

You will be addicted to Les Rogers' art

Les Rogers
Link to artist's website


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

It was incredible what Andrew Masullo did

Andrew Masullo
Link to artist's website


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One reason to love Pia Fries

Pia Fries
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

You won't be able to leave Jackie Saccoccio's website

Jackie Saccoccio
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sharon Butler caught making art

Sharon Butler
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Amy Feldman shows us a new way of seeing

Amy Feldman
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Last word on Tal R

Tal R
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Don't repeat your mistakes and spend time visiting Juan Uslé's art

Juan Uslé
Link or Link to artist's art


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Michael Jäger fills the desire to be somewhere else

Michael Jäger
Link to website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

What you didn't know about Matt Connors

Matt Connors
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Finally, an answer to where to find Luc Hoekx's art

Luc Hoekx
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The amazing story behind Mikhail Lezin

Mikhail Lezin
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Experience Frank Nitsche's art first hand

Frank Nitsche
Link to artist's work.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Katharina Ismer's work will blow your mind

Katharina Ismer
Link to the artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.



Thursday, February 09, 2017

You won't believe what type of paintings Sandra Perlow makes

Sandra Perlow
Link to the artist's site.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Nick Lamia changes the way you see art forever

Nick Lamia 
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Stefan Davix changed contemporary art

Stefan Davix
Link to artist's page.



For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.


Monday, February 06, 2017

Steve Roden brings good things to art

Steve Roden
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Before you go to bed, look at a Bart Exposito painting

Bart Exposito
Link or Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Hanns Schimansky, nuff said

Hanns Schimansky
Link to artist's page.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Calvin Burton is the first thing you need to see in the morning

Calvin Burton
Link to artist's website.



For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Rosemarie Fiore welcomes you

Rosemarie Fiore
Link to an artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Caio Fonseca will make you say AHA

Caio Fonseca
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Allison Miller's paintings will open your mind

Allison Miller
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Monday, January 30, 2017

SEE ART BY Peter Peri

Peter Peri
Link to Bortolami Gallery website that features his work.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Simply press a button and find art by Franz Ackermann

Franz Ackermann
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Janet Sobel drips with her art


Above is a video on Janet Sobel.

An eye opening moment for me. Janet Sobel makes art that helped Jackson Pollock create his iconic drip paintings. Great long article on her work, link.

Life hacks by artist Evi Vingerling

Evi Vingerling
Link to artist's website.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Signs you're actually a Dan Perfect fan

Dan Perfect
Link to artist's page.


For a full list of artists I am showcasing visit A/Art blog link.