The artistic disciplines of music and painting are closely intertwined for young New Yorker Jon Campbell. In addition to his artistic career he is already enjoying success as singer-songwriter. “It all comes from the same place, more or less” Campbell says. “In painting I’ll start by laying down a ground color, like a bass line or simple chord progression. Defining the shape of a painting is the same as defining the shape of a song – the only difference is the dimension you’re working in."
Language has a support function of handed-down content for him, underlines a perceived distance in human relationships. “Painting has always been an attempt at a unified representation of our shared human experience, going all the way back to a hand-print on a cave wall. BABEL muses on the fantasy of an archetypal history through plastic symbols; considering color as a refuge; a space where we can consider form without specificity, in a world that doesn't depend on words for seeing.”
Jon Campbell was born in 1982 in Kingston, New York. After studies at Woodstock School of Arts, the School of Visual Arts New York, and at SUNY Purchase College, New York, he has been living and working in Berlin since 2006.