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CLAYTON CAMPBELL: WILD KINGDOM

Solo Exhibition at Coagula Curatorial

July 18 - August 14

Clayton Campbell, Coagula Curatorial, July 2015
Selfie Self Satisfaction Dance Before Dinner
, 17 x 25 inches, 2015


OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, July 18
7-11PM

Coagula Curatorial is pleased to present Wild Kingdom, a solo show of new work by Los Angeles artist Clayton Campbell. The exhibit opens Saturday July 18 and runs through August 14. There will be a gala reception for the artist on July 18 at 7PM - 11PM.

Wild Kingdom is a new body of photo based works from one of Los Angeles' accomplished media artists. For this exhibition, Campbell has photographed dioramas at natural history museums around the United States and altered the displays to include stealth photographs of persons engrossed with themselves and their social media hardware. The results are humorous, trenchant visual commentaries as he asks the viewers to suspend belief and become social anthropologists for that moment.

About the artist: Clayton Campbell is a cultural producer, having worked since 1976 as a practicing visual artist, curator, administrator, fundraiser, and consultant and published arts writer. His most recent exhibits include one person shows of his seminal project, Words We Have Learned Since 9/11, at Unit 24 Gallery, London; the Museum of Mobile, Alabama; the Nam Jun Paik Art Center, South Korea; the Aaran Gallery in Tehran; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Barrick Art Museum, University of Nevada Las Vegas; the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; the WYSPA Institute for Art, Gdansk Poland; the International Center of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; the Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing and the University of Capetown, South Africa. The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Campbell has received research grants from the British Council, the Asian Cultural Council and the Trust for Mutual Understanding; a Durfee Foundation Fellowship; a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; and an Artist in Residence Award at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2002 he was awarded the distinction of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for his contributions to the field of international cultural exchange. His artworks are in numerous private and public collections both locally, nationally and abroad.

Clayton Campbell, Wild Kingdom, Coagula, 2015
Gobsmacked, 17 x 25 inches, 2015