In art, a simple idea, in the hands of a skillful artist, can open the door of imagery and association to something far more complex. Both Seattle sculptor Claude Zervas and New Yorker Beth Campbell begin with strikingly simple premises for their pieces on view this month at James Harris Gallery, and it leads to novel and engaging results. KUOW art critic Gary Faigin joins us to discuss these two side-by-side exhibitions.
In their adjoining shows at James Harris Gallery, Beth Campbell and Claude Zervas present work where the underlying conceit is immediately clear, and this what-you-see-is-what-you-get transparency is a key part of their strategies, although their respective visual outcomes could not be more different. While Zervas uses computer and electronic tools to construct his wall-mounted light pieces, Campbell presents bare-bones pencil drawings on the wall, accompanied by large, twisted-wire mobiles.