Gutted and F**k knuckle are titles in a new series of unstretched canvas works by Jon Campbell. In a continuation of his fascination with the slang and profanity of Australian vernacular language, he mines his everyday life for colloquialisms he can appropriate into paintings like You can’t polish a turd and Charge like wounded bulls.
Trading his signature gloss enamel for acrylic paint and watercolour pencil, these linen and cottonduck works hang loosely, pliable objects that undulate and float. Flags and banners have always been part of Campbell’s practice. Their association with protest is implicit in works like Doin what you say you’re gonna do, direct in its demand for a ‘fair go’. A series of 5 stretched canvas works tell it like it is with the title F**ken Bullshit, the cranky tenor at odds with the gelato colours and rich textural detail painted in and around the words.
This is Jon Campbell’s 11th solo exhibition at Darren Knight Gallery.
Alongside his exhibition, Jon Campbell has trawled the gallery vault to curate a show of works by gallery artists who share his love of text, entitled I could sleep for a thousand years.
Please join us for the opening of Jon Campbell: Gutted at Darren Knight Gallery, Saturday 27 July from 4pm to 6pm.