Brian Scott Campbell
Meaning of Life
Campbell creates a bewitched place, with a stoners logic, composing crowded pictures of frantic and unhinged characters. The drawings dip their toe into a hot tub of zany, exuberant pop allusion. The mercurial space within these images feature blunt forms, and delicate shifts in value to create a hypnotic conflict of surface. The drawings are limited to monochrome yet employ an indulgent use of techniques and tools from printing with socks and underwear, to painting with graphite washes through spray bottles and rollers. The silvery gray tones in these drawings display tentative lines with great sensitivity, yet the works remain frenetic and primitive in their brutality. The furious force and off-kilter, languorous figuration belies the cramped and totemic qualities. The unlikely pairings and kaleidoscopic accumulation of imagery creates a surprisingly psychic whole. The profiles of these characters serve as a provocative foil to the artists identity. Campbell has invested in figuration and abstraction with an affecting combination of humor and pathos.
About the Artist
Brian Scott Campbell was born in Columbus, OH and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ. He has been included in exhibitions at Dutton Gallery, NY Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY, Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut, (Curated by Suzanne Geiss Co. NY), Jeff Bailey Gallery, NY, David Shelton Gallery, TX, Circuit 12 Contemporary, TX, and Untitled, Miami Beach among others. Awards and residencies include Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency with master artist Dana Schutz, a McColl Center for Visual Art Full Fellowship, and the Artist in the Marketplace Program, Bronx Museum, NY. His work has been reviewed in Blouin ArtInfo, Whitehot Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and i-D Magazine / Vice.