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Brian Scott Campbell

November 9– December 7, 2012

Artist Lecture: November 28, 4:30pm, WC302

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 4:30pm
Location: WC302 (next to Atkinson Gallery), Santa Barbara City College

The SBCC Art Department and the Atkinson Gallery are pleased to present a lecture by new faculty member, Brian Scott Campbell, next Wednesday in conjunction with his current exhibition, I’ve Got Levitation, which is on view through December 7.

Santa Barbara, CA – From November 9-December 7, 2012, the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College will present I’ve Got Levitation: Brian Scott Campbell. Brian Scott Campbell joined the SBCC Art Department in September 2012 as Assistant Professor of Drawing. With this exhibition, we are pleased to formally introduce this extraordinary artist and his work to the community.

In I’ve Got Levitation, Campbell will exhibit two recent bodies of work: massive graphite drawings that explore the tension between interior and exterior worlds, both physical and psychological, and small brushed ink sketches that laughingly appropriate advertising design. Campbell describes his work “as a reflection upon our strange but urgent longings, as well as the aesthetics of false utopias found in contemporary life,” and further states that he is “seeking to describe the thrill of surrendering to an unknown place, a fever dream of contemporary influences, and the surprise occurrence of magic in ordinary places.”

During his career, Campbell has participated in numerous exhibitions including No Land at Kunsthalle Galapogos (NY), Intuitive Realities at Cuchifritos Gallery (NY) and Bronx Calling: The 1st AIM Biennial at the Bronx Museum (NY), as well as Anonymous Drawings at Kunstraum Kreuzberg (Berlin, Germany). In addition, he is the recipient of several awards including funded residencies the McColl Center for Visual Art (NC) and the Vermont Studio Center (VT). Furthermore, his work is included in curated registries at the Drawing Center (NY) and White Columns (NY). His work has also been featured in New American Paintings Magazine, Hyperallergic and Beautiful Decay. Brian Scott Campbell received his BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design (OH) and his MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts (NJ). For more about the artist:

The Atkinson Gallery, SBCC’s showcase for the visual arts, hosts six exhibitions of contemporary art each academic year featuring international, national and regional artists working in a wide range of styles and media.

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