Thomas Campbell, “Hide or Seek,” 2014, acrylic, gouache, spray paint on wood panels and gourds
LOGAN – A former Utah State University artist-in-resident is bringing his creative work back to Logan as part of two new exhibitions at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art.
Thomas Campbell is an American artist best known for his painting, textile work, and films. The California resident draws inspiration for his work from the fringes of contemporary American culture.
“He’s an artist that doesn’t really practice with a specific medium,” said Bolton Colburn, NEHMA’s curator of collections and exhibitions. “He’s not a painter, ceramicists, printmaker, nor a filmmaker, but he’s uses all those media – including sewing machines.”
“We will be exhibiting the work that he did during his residency,” Colburn said, which was completed in fall 2019. “Also doing a retrospective of the last ten years of his work in two different galleries.”
The two-part, two-gallery sequence will include Lint basket supreme (a multi-medium survey) and Unii cion yyikae (new works).
“We haven’t had an exhibition of someone like Campbell here before,” Colburn said. “He’s not academically trained, but he’s somebody who comes from these subcultures like skate, surf, music and a lot of underground countercultural type of activities in cultures that he’s gown up in, been involved in and glommed things from. It’s going to be an interesting installation.”
In addition to Campbell’s exhibition, NEHMA will present a ceramic art exhibit that will showcase forty-five artists from five different countries.
Particle & Wave: PaperClay Illuminated is the largest and first international traveling paperclay exhibition in the world.
According to a press release, Particle & Wave brings together a global community of artists who are exploring the potential of paperclay and achieving new possibilities in ceramics.
An opening reception for both exhibitions is Saturday, January 25, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.