Artist opening for Bruce Campbell: "Thinking the Cosmos'

BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts is featuring sculptor Bruce Campbell's "Thinking the Cosmos: Kinetic Sculpture." An opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with an artist talk scheduled for June 9, at 5:30 p.m. The show will remain at the gallery through June 24.

Campbell graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in printmaking and received an MFA from Indiana University. In the early `70s Campbell began designing books and manuscripts, and soon began specializing in the design of art museum books and catalogues. For 30 years his clients included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, The Peabody Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.

In 1976 Campbell was fascinated by the Whitney Museum retrospective exhibition, "Calder's Universe," which invited Campbell to experiment with wires joined and twisted into imaginative shapes, suggesting an art form which defines and controls space through three-dimensional line drawing.

"My ideas for kinetic sculpture usually begin as a question. For example, how can I show a certain concept of the universe? They attempt to illustrate, in the simplest way possible, conditions and events of the natural world. In showing a falling star, a lunar eclipse, or a rainstorm, I am trying to represent, in minimalist and transparent form, my perception of the universe — how the universe might be visualized if moved by gears, levers, and basic mechanics."

Visually stunning and interactively entertaining, Campbell's kinetic sculptures illuminate/illustrate the dynamic relationships of phenomenal elements in the natural and celestial world, bridging physics, mechanics and aesthetics to create treasured pieces of pure wonderment.

Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts is located at 183 Main St. For more information, call 802-251-8290 or write


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