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Sparky Campanella

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20131207233729-01_17th_and_mission
17th and mission, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207233824-02_shellmound_street
shellmound street, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207233928-03_waterworks_drive
wateworks drive, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207234035-04_jawbone_canyon_looking_east
jawbone canyon looking east, 2011 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207234134-05_jawbone_canyon_looking_west
jawbone canyon looking west, 2011 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207234222-06_butler_street_spur_line
butler street spur line, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207234315-07_north_point_road
north point road, 2012 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207234412-08_2425_17th_street
2425 17th street, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207235726-09_moulton_avenue
moulton avenue, 2012 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207235807-10_kyle_canyon_road
kyle canyon road, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131207235845-11_research_triangle_park
triangle park, 2011 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208000241-12_2200_francisco_street
2200 francisco street, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208000340-13_egbert_avenue
egbert avenue, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208000429-14_highway_80___university
highway 80 at university, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208000744-15_huntington_avenue
huntington avenue, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208000834-16_flight_215
flight 215, 2008 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208000928-17_havelock_street
havelock street, 2004 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001018-18_avenue_of_the_giants
avenue of the giants, 2009 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001102-19_old_river_road
old river road, 2012 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001145-20_mill_valley-sausalito_path
mill valley sausalito path, 2011 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001338-01_3532_fullres_flat
3532, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001425-02_4507_fullres_flat
4507, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001506-03_5402_fullres_flat
5402, 2103 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001553-04_5727_fullres_flat
5727, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001649-05_4387_fullres_flat
4387, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001739-06_3491_fullres_flat
3491, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001838-07_4822_fullres_flat
4822, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208001933-08_5698_fullres_flat
5698, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208002031-09_5142_fullres_flat
5142, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208005551-10_4381_fullres_flat
4381, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208005732-11_5466_fullres_flat
5466, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208005900-12_5199_fullres_flat
5199, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208010019-13_4564_fullres_flat
4564, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208010123-14_5687_fullres_flat
5687, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208010227-15_6596_fullres_flat
6596, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208010633-16_5749_fullres_flat
5749, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208010446-17_6636_fullres_flat
6636, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208010936-18_5545_fullres_flat
5545, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208011013-19_6683_fullres_flat
6683, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
20131208011059-20_5429_fullres_flat
5429, 2013 Pigment Print Photograph 24x30 © Sparky Campanella
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
Duke University, 1984, BA
Stanford University
Representing galleries
Weston Galery, Carmel; Dirt Gallery, Chicago; Blue Tangerine Art, San Francisco;
Tags
color, skin, photographs, identity, modernist photography, portraiture, nude, abstract, conceptual
Statement

 

horizon

 

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;

- The Black Riders; Stephen Crane

 Despite significant evidence to the contrary, I believe that man and nature can get along. horizon manifests my belief through the urban horizon line, a point of reference common to all city dwellers. The horizon line in nature is defined by the organic complexity of trees. mountains or a body of water. Our urban horizon is bounded by the geometric achievement of  buildings, rooftops, walls and even passing trucks. My love of both city and country draws me to scenes where the man-made and natural not only co-exist, they actually complement. That relationship is especially apparent where the urban banal becomes extraordinary because of light, weather, chroma, angle or framing, a combination that often reveals itself only through time or through multiple visits to a particular location. 

 Each horizon image is equally divided between nature and man, a graphical partnership that supports my desire for balance between these two fundamentals. When the series is exhibited, this division creates a fraternal horizon line, bringing the horizon's calming power right into the gallery. Each image is captured on film with a 4x5 view camera because its control over the plane of focus allows me to make foreground and background equally sharp. The resultant flattening of the image abstracts the scene away from documentary and towards the emotive intent of the series. I further flatten the image by printing on non-reflective rag paper because it offers an unmediated interaction with the image that's more typical of an abstract painting.

I've enjoyed deep exposure to both urban and rural my entire life. When I was young I realized that it's possible for man-made achievements to enhance an already beautiful natural scene. As an adult I've realized that these enhancements are all around us and often in the most unexpected places.  

We look to any horizon, man-made or natural, for grounding and perspective. City dwellers leave behind much of the natural world, yet we can't leave behind our need for that which the horizon provides.

 

 

 

nightlight

Sparky Campanella's color photographs of landscapes at night reflect the artist's view of nature as a place of inspiration and healing. night light  depicts landscapes with a man-made presence (complementing an already beautiful scene). Whether the man-made presence is found or created, the careful use of light and color evokes feelings of longing and potential against a backdrop of unease. Campanella's practice of shooting by himself under the full moon is important to his process as the vulnerability that comes from being alone outdoors opens him to a deeper connection with the landscape.

 

 

 

> BIO

Sparky Campanella is a New York based self-taught artist. He has had solo exhibitions at David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago and the Koelsch Gallery in Houston.  He has shown his work in group exhibitions nationally including Umbrella Arts, NYC; The Print Center, Philadelphia; Texas Photographic Arts, San Antonio; SF Camerawork, San Francisco; Gallery 825, Los Angeles; and Irvine Fine Arts Center. In 2005 he received a residency at the School of Visual Arts. Campanella has been an instructor at the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco in 2003 and at Prescott College in Arizona from 2002-2003. Sparky holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a graduate degree from Stanford University. www.campanella.com