Joshua Liner Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit of new works by Thomas Campbell entitled Ampersand, which is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Ampersand keeps it interesting with a mix of paintings, sculptures, original bronzes and hand-sewn works, all unified by Campbell’s distinct aesthetic.
Campbell frequently utilizes gourds, tying them into all aspects of his works including sculptures, bronze works, and paintings. I really enjoyed their shape and the organic feel the gourds added to the art.
Aside from sculpture, Campbell is well respected for his sewn works — multicolored pieces of paper, joined together. Campbell was inspired to start sewing paper by his friends Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee and began quilting in 1999 when he got his first home embroidery machine.
The artist has been working in cast bronze sculptures since 2006, sculpting in a variety of materials. He collaborates with bronze master Sean Monahan and master patina expert Karl Reichley to realize these sculptures, utilizing a combination of the lost-wax bronze casting process and a mixture of hot acid stains for the patina.
With the fun shaped sculptures and bright colors of Campbell’s paintings this a very family-friendly exhibit so feel free to bring the kids.
Thomas Campbell’s Ampersand will be on Exhibit Through July 12th, 2014 at Joshua Liner Gallery,Located at 540 West 28th Street (Street Level) In the Chelsea Gallery District.