Gretna Campbell

Brata Cooperative

As new techniques arise, transforming the way we see, other skills and modes of perception are irretrievably lost. Frequently, artists are involved in traditional concerns that are completely overlooked. Such seems to be the case with Gretna Campbell, whose landscapes of Maine and France are on exhibition at the Brata gallery. The pictures convey a sense of spontaneity and structure, many small elements are often brought into unity by the defining sweep of a single element, generating large rhythms in space. Campbell captures characteristic forms in nature—trees, leaves, and rocks—showing great understanding of the organic structure and growth of things.

The paintings seem to deal with perception: she intuitively deals with the way we condense and select forms as we focus upon a scene. When we center on a certain area in a multitude of objects and movements, the surroundings blur slightly;

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