Brian Scott Campbell
These diminutively-scaled paintings suggest scenes and landscapes with rudimentary lines and simple geometries. The compositions combine everyday iconography with the archetypal and hallucinatory. As such, the imagery reflects the idea of memory itself, as a collection of real and fictional experiences. Drawing—an important gravitational point and central language for these paintings—accounts for the preference for flatness, grayscale colors, and trading heavily in lively immediacy. These paintings merge classical motifs with a comic vernacular. Humor is allowed to surface while also being deftly held in check, taking a jab at the sublime, and permitting something sober and emblematic to emerge.