Studio: Spaceworks Gowanus

Discipline: Painting & Mixed Media

Based In: Brooklyn

Website: Ai Campbell

 

I’ve been fascinated with detailed monochromatic works since the first time I saw the beautiful landscape drawings of my grandfather, a successful industrial designer. During the war, he spent his spare time drawing the places where he was stationed. The consistent 5 x 7 inch works contained fine details in the vivid contrast of black and white. Because he passed away before I was born, those drawings were my only interactions with him.

The simple yet explosive black and white spaces enhance the contour of shapes allowing one to see vividly simple yet critical object elements. An obsession with this type of imagery has become the central theme of my own work: engaging the most basic elements of life to build or extract the most complex.

I feature the organic shapes and natural forms that I encounter, such as water streams on a faded wall, layered leaves on a tree or my own tangled hair, exploring how their virgin elements can interact. I think the individually lifeless elements start to breath in the company of other types. My work will continue to explore the beauty and power in life’s intricate organic forms and I am excited to see evolution.

 

EDUCATION

2000 Oil Painting, Kyoto College of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan

 

EXHIBITIONS

2016 Subtly Certainly, La Boite, New York, NY
2015 Aqua Art Miami, Fiercely Curious, Miami, FL
2015 Technology as Hands, Fiercely Curious, Sky Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Made in Gowanus, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Drawers Drawing, Gallerie Protege, New York, NY
2015 Beyond the Contour, Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY
2015 ArtWorks,Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Flux Art Fair, New York, NY
2015 All In: Swimming the Gowanus, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Take II, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 New City Art Fair, Spoon&Tamago, hpgrp gallery, New York, NY
2015 Art+Design Show, Fiercely Curious, Brooklyn, NY
2014-2015 Good Morning Midnight, Artgasm, Art&Lounge, Newark Liberty International Airport, NJ
2014 Wagmag Benefit, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, New York
2014 CURRENT:Gowanus, Arts Gowanus, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, New York
2014 Inaugral Art Show, Fiercely Curious, Brooklyn, New York
2014 SCOPE New York, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Select Fair Miami, Rush Arts Gallery, Miami, FL
2013 SPARKBOOM presents Post No Bills, Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY
2013 No Object, Tristle Projects, Brooklyn, NY
2013 ISE NY Art Search 2013, ISE cultural Foundation, New York, NY
2013 Cutlog New York, Paper Vernacular, House of the Nobleman, New York, NY
2013 COLLIDEscope, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012 NUTUREart 2012 Benefit, New York, NY
2012 Small, Art in FLUX Harlem, New York, NY
2012 Parallax Art Fair, New York, NY
2012 Spring salon, Brooklyn Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
2011 We are one, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Davis Museum, Barcelona, Spain
2009 Art Walk vol.!, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Color, No color, Onishi Gallery, New York, NY