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Worth Ryder Gallery at UC Berkeley

Exhibition Detail
Texturals from the Medusa
Curated by: Self
116 Kroeber Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720

June 8th, 2009 - June 26th, 2009
June 8th, 2009 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Man, John CampionJohn Campion, Man,
2004, photocopy/metal tape/collage on paper,, 2' x 7'
© Artist
What we do to her, John CampionJohn Campion, What we do to her,
2008, watercolor/mixedmediium/extended techniques, 2' x 3'
Immune System Terpinoids, John CampionJohn Campion, Immune System Terpinoids,
2008, Watercolor/mixed media, 2 ' x 3'
© artist
Papa and Sophia Talk About IT, John CampionJohn Campion, Papa and Sophia Talk About IT,
2008, watercolor/mixed, 2' x 3'
© artist
Being Present, John CampionJohn Campion, Being Present,
2008, watercolor/mixed , 2 ' x 3'
© artist
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Worth-Ryder Gallery and Ecotropic Works
Art Practice Dept., UC Berkeley (University of California Berkeley)
conceptual, installation, mixed-media

John Campion

The Dept. of Art Practice and (Worth Ryder Gallery in Kroeber 116 on UC Berkeley campus) is pleased to present this installation from June 8th—June 26th.  The Gallery is free to the public and will be open M-S from 12:00—4:00 pm. A reception for the show will be held June 12th from 4:00—6:00pm. Kroeber is located across Bancroft from Strada café at the corner of Bancroft and College.

Medusa presents the third in a series of book-length poems—along with Tongue Stones and Squaring the Circle. These books lay the foundations of his ecotropic philosophy—which argues that for human culture to be healthy, it must exist in an ecological niche.

In Medusa, the ancient myth finds contemporary expression, as ‘Everyman’ (suffering in a world of political surveillance) finds himself in psychotherapy for his personal and transpersonal offenses against 'women', 'the other', and the 'earth'.

In this work, the doctor (left margin) and patient (right margin) may assume ‘other’ identities (e.g. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza); sometimes they exchange roles and places on the page. Centered between them, conceptually AND on the page, another voice (Taoist or anti-Taoist) imparts the transmuting medicine our sickness needs. 

The TEXTURALS from the MEDUSA in this exhibition are largely drawn from this middle ground, but not exclusively. The first line of text from each Textural affords its title.

These works (2’ x 3’) contain text on custom-made papers as well as watercolors, Buddhist prayer papers, other papers, inks, acrylics, metals, glues, embedded objects, etceteras utilizing a variety of application techniques. The Texturals are presented in rows to enable the viewer to experience and ‘read’ the show walking through it. This is intended to emphasize the poetic rather than the painterly aspect of the work, which is both natural and necessary. The copper pipes, from which the Texturals hang,  reinforce both the flow of the presentation and of nature itself. I hope they suggest the serpentine nature of the Medusa and expose the symbiotic underpinnings of the earth.

Special thanks to the Lacayo-Colt Plumbing Company for the generous help with this show.

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