Holly Johnson Gallery presents Todd Camplin: "CALM & storm" open house
Holly Johnson Gallery will present Todd Camplin: "CALM & storm," an exhibition of new ink drawings on paper and clayboards. The exhibition is the artist's third solo show with the gallery.
Camplin's ink drawings are as dense as they are weightless. Often taking months to complete, the painstaking process involves the repetition of small words, letters, and marks evocative of highly detailed maps and textiles. They perfectly capture his signature style in delicate and labor-intensive imagery. His compositions use language such that names, or other text, forms the basis for the abstractions. What can be called lines of text, or streams or strings, flow and repeat themselves in compelling patterns that he expertly renders in free form shapes.
His elaborate process for the drawings goes through several stages. He first sketches the overall ideas and lists of words. Then the words become shapes. He then lightly draws the entire composition in pencil and finishes with ink. His approach takes time with a steady hand and the meticulous mark-making is caught up in the storm of composition and planning.
The exhibition will remain on display through December 19.