Project Space

Painting for a Space, on view in the Beeler Gallery Project Space Thursday, Jan. 11–Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, is a collaboration between two painters—CCAD CORE Studies Assistant Professor Katie Davis, and Barbara Campbell Thomas, director of the School of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Time and space are conceptual drivers for this room-sized painting—Davis lives in Ohio; Campbell Thomas in North Carolina. Early conversations between the artists established their primary goal of approaching the expanse of Beeler Gallery’s Project Space as a painting, and asking, “What does it mean to consider a room as a painting?”

The artists emailed ideas back and forth, talked via Zoom and exchanged color-drenched fragments of painted shapes and surfaces through the US Postal Service. In these ways, Painting for a Space began well before the actual painting itself emerged (a process itself that came over three days of intensely collaborative work).

As with any painting, in Painting for a Space, Davis and Campbell Thomas consider the conversation between shape, surface and color, forming connections between these formal parts and pieces to make a whole. Both painters use paint and textiles in their individual studios, but for this collaboration, they explored additional materials, including furniture and other domestic objects to be used within their shared visual vocabulary. . With Painting for a Space, Davis and Campbell Thomas probe the definition of “painting,” and how it might expand and grow within their respective practices, and beyond.

Visit (Instagram: @kdavisstudio) or (Instagram: @barbaracampbellthomas) to see more of the artists’ work.

Beeler Gallery, located on the ground floor of CCAD’s Joseph V. Canzani Center, is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Saturday. Parking and admission are free.

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