From University of Arkansas - Pine Bluff:
CHICAGO, IL. - Danny Campbell, art professor at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will be one of the artists exhibiting at Gallery Guichard in Chicago, Illinois. The exhibit will open on Thursday, February 21 with a collector's preview and an artist reception on Friday, February 22 with the show running to April 1. His exhibition titled, "Repurposed Wonders" will feature over 40 works of art and will be a mixture of floor sculptures, wall assemblages and collages.
These works are made from recycled tires and found objects on the highways and byways. He is an exciting artist who uses tire fragments by constructing, overlapping and weaving them into beautiful works of art.
"I started using tire fragments years ago when I nearly had a severe accident on the Atlanta interstate when a busted tire was thrown over the top of my vehicle from an 18 wheeler truck," said Campbell. "I am not in the business of saving people's lives like doctors or physicians do, but I do my part to prevent accidents by using these tire fragments to make art. I want to repurpose them into something positive and meaningful."
The tire is also used as a way to illustrate the world going green, globalization, the turbulent economy and the working class citizen.
"I want the public to understand what contemporary art is and to shed light on the material around us to make our world a better place to live, work and play. These tires have become a relic symbol of status, fame and association in our society."
Campbell plans to conduct a national recycling tire campaign and use the tires to create art to reach a wider audience and raise road obstruction awareness.
Danny Campbell is a 1992 graduate of UAPB; he obtained his MFA degree from Howard University and a MA Ed from Charleston University. Recently, his work was featured in the International Scope Exhibit during Art Basil in Miami, Florida and in April he will be one of the featured artists on the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise to help support Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The foundation was established to help students stay in school.