The Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce its fifth exhibition of oil paintings by Southern California artist Darlene Campbell. The show is entitled, “Impermanence.”
Impermanence draws its meaning from the notion that all conditioned existence, without exception, is in a continuous state of change. Darlene Campbell’s new work explores this tenet in this, her fifth exhibition of oil paintings on view at Koplin Del Rio Gallery (April 17 – May 29).
As the exhibit title suggests, “Impermanence” implies the absence of continuity and eternalness. The landscape and the man-made structures that occupy it are in a gradual state of change. Similarly, the lives of each and every individual are in perpetual transformation. Darlene Campbell’s paintings explore this metamorphosis through the depiction of an eroding landscape as a metaphor for the passage of time and the impermanence of all things.
Each of her paintings alludes to a landscape in a state of flux. Often she portrays two currents of change at work simultaneously: one slow-moving, but constant – the result of natural forces; the other more fleeting and transient – a reminder of man’s presence. Collectively, these two elements address the inevitability and certainty of change. The consequence is an irrevocably altered landscape scattered with remnants from our transitory past.
This is evident in the 12” x 12” image, “Future History.” This painting, through its use of gold leaf and arched form, recalls a Renaissance icon. Remnants of ancient pillars are scattered throughout the landscape alongside the crumbled fragments of a freeway overpass. The signs for a toll road lay on the ground in the midst of debris from civilizations past. The 11” x 14” painting, “From a Crawl to a Run,” illustrates the slow but inevitable erosion on the hillside adjacent to a cluster of red-tiled mega-mansions on the ridgeline. Change is simultaneous and continuous. The “8 x 12” four-image painting, “The Painted Desert #2,” depicts billboards sprinkled along a desert highway. In one of the images, two fabricated dinosaurs appear in the background as if beckoning to some pre-historic period.
In what has become a hallmark of her work, Campbell employs beauty to disarm the viewer. To suggest history and age, she paints on either wood blocks or wood panels. Making use of golden-hued light and dramatic clouds, Campbell coaxes beauty out of the banal and, in so doing, mimics romantic 17th century landscape paintings.
Darlene Campbell earned her B.A. in Art from the University of Redlands (1979) and her M.F.A. in Painting from The Claremont Graduate University (1986). Her work has been featured at the Nevada Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Loyola Marymount University, University of Redlands, the Laguna Art Museum, the Riverside Art Museum, Barnsdall Art Park, and the Frye Art Museum (Seattle). Darlene Campbell has also illustrated two published books. In 2004, one of her paintings was used as the cover artwork for D.J. Waldie’s book, Where We Are Now: Notes From Los Angeles. Darlene currently teaches painting and drawing at the Laguna College of Art and Design. She has also taught on the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. Darlene Campbell lives in Laguna Beach, California.
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