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From UMMMM to DER: Recent Works and Installations of Thomas Campbell

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camp-book - 2012

104 pages, Hardcover, 6 3/4’’ x 9 1/2’’ (171 x 241 mm)

95 color illustrations, English

Thomas Campbell is a self-taught painter, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker. He splits his time between his painting, sewing, sculpture, and stuff-making studio in Bonny Doon, California and traversing the globe making films and taking part in different art situations. Campbell was prominently featured in the ground-breaking touring exhibition (2003-2008) “Beautiful Losers” and also the subsequent book and film. From UMMMM to DER reveals Campbell’s art-making process over a two year period between mid-2009 through mid-2011, unveiling a deep and expansive look into the ongoing refinement of his craft, with vivid well-documented images of recent paintings, drawings and sculptures. This finely produced monograph captures Campbell at home in the studio as well as out and about producing solo shows and installations around the world in Copenhagen, Sydney, Melbourne, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. Thomas Campbell was born in Laguna Beach, California in 1969. He is a self-taught painter, sculptor, photographer, filmmaker and music producer. The nexus of Campbell’s creative centric life was nurtured by skateboarding culture in the 1980’s and 90’s. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Morocco. Currently Campbell spends most of his time in his home studio in Bonny Doon, California working on paintings, sculpture and other artistic junk. From 1997 to 2009 Campbell produced and directed three feature length surf films The Seedling, Sprout and The Present. The filming of which has taken him to the far corners of the earth (Indonesia, Cape Verde, Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand to name a few). Campbell is also the creative director of Galaxia, a small, independent record label based in Santa Cruz, California, that he has run with his partner Greg Lamson since 1992. Galaxia has released recordings by artists such as Tommy Guerrero, The Mumlers, Ray Barbee, Peggy Honeywell, The Mattson 2, The Amalgamated Sons of Rest (Will Oldham, Jason Molina and Allister Roberts), Tomorrow’s Tulips and The Black Heart Procession. Most of these artist have appeared in the soundtracks to Campbell’s films or have played live at his various screenings and exhibitions.