Miscellaneous Uproar, an exhibition of new paintings by Fort Worth
artist Harmony Padgett, will be on display January 28 through March 12 at
William Campbell Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held Thursday,
January 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The show will include more than a dozen new
paintings that explore a progression of emotions through the artist's lens of
total abstraction. Padgett's vivid gestures denote bursts of action in layers
of pigment and ink, creating a conversation between the planned and unexpected,
tailored and organic elements of everyday life. Miscellaneous Uproar marks
Padgett's first solo show at the gallery.
Padgett's new works on wood combine broad swaths of paint with trails of ink to
create surfaces that impart a sensory-stimulating mixture of movement and
stasis, calm and chaos, as they swell and ebb within their space. Broad, loose
paint strokes dance organically around the space, while contrasting lines of
ink meander across the plane with obvious precision. Each composition's clean,
empty background remains easily visible throughout, acting as a visual and
mental respite among the random yet systematic surges of energy. Padgett
describes these "managed explosions" of mark making as signifying the
"everyday range of emotions" present in all our lives, as well as the
"distractions, obligations, and limitations" continuously affecting our existence.
Padgett has employed a broom as paintbrush in this series, literally
infusing the work with a universal element of the everyday. The broom, an icon
of domesticity, reflects the artist's lifelong fascination with household objects,
while also serving as an emblem for order and restoration. Each application
reveals intricate detailing and a history of each bristle's movement, evoking a
certain methodology amid the ambiguity of the nonrepresentational.
juxtaposed, the high-contrast, hand-drawn black lines and colorful broom strokes
map out not only a physical journey across the surface, but also a deeper,
intellectual and emotional journey through the mind's eye.
Padgett employs the instant gratification of action painting as both
energy release and creative voice. Her pieces address what the artist calls
the "paradox of nothing and stress at the same time," and are as much a
cultural examination as a personal response to life's challenges. The
expressive abstractions evoke that sense of urgency and frustration, while
also, at times, giving way to areas of quiet contemplation.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Harmony Padgett has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the
Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as in Houston, Chicago, San Diego, and Kansas City.
Her paintings can be found in numerous private, public, and corporate collections,
including those of the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Philadelphia's
Drexel University, Portland State University in Oregon, and the Omni and Hyatt Regency hotels.
She earned an MFA in painting from TCU in 2010, and received a BFA in painting
from the University of Kansas in 1998. Currently a full-time artist, Padgett
previously taught drawing at TCU.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Founded in 1974 by William and Pam Campbell, William Campbell Contemporary
Art exhibits high-quality contemporary art in a variety of media,
including paintings, works on paper, mixed-media constructions,
photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture. By exhibiting nationally
recognized artists, along with new and emerging talent, the gallery
aims to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the exciting diversity
found in contemporary art.
Tuesday through Friday 10am - 5:00pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
and by appointment
Please contact Pam or Bill Campbell at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 817-737-9566 for more