Life is all about balance. Yin meets yang. Good spoons evil. Dick does Jane—or Dick does Dick, or Jane does Jane, or two Dicks do Jane air tight, but that's really going a long way out of the way when I've already strayed a good ways from the way.
In other wayward words, what I'm trying to say is that one day you can come here and see bears, the next you can come and see art. Not that there isn't any art to being a bear—I've seen the denim and leather ensembles, not to mention the serious amount of manscaping work needed to maintain such facial hedgerows lining the lips and chin—but this is like real art channeled from a plane of existence occupied by Thomas Campbell's brainpan.
Like many of our longtime friends and acquaintances, Thomas emerged from the world of skateboarding in the '80s, but prior to that he most likely sprung out of some spongey moss beneath a massive redwood where a gnome ejaculated on a mushroom spore. Thomas has always lived and moved about the world with a very different perspective than most, and over the past two decades he's left a long and wonderfully varied trail of creative transmissions in his wake, including anything and everything from scribblings to paintings, photos to film-making, sculptures to installations, and any sewn-up mixed-media combinations thereof.
From Ummmm to Der: Recent Works and Installations of Thomas Campbell, published by Gingko Press, documents and encapsulates his working processes through a recent two year period (mid-2009–mid-2011) with nothing but pages upon pages of big pretty pictures all dolled up in a beautifully yellow and doo-doo brown hardback package.From Ummmm to Der: Recent Works and Installations of Thomas Campbell