Irvine, California (February 25, 2010) – Gravis Footwear is pleased to announce the final chapter in the Thomas Campbell Exhibition, UMMMM with the release of the video, ON THE ROAD TO UMMMM.
The video is a time lapsed sequence of Campbell, shot on location in his Bonny Doon, California studio and in Europe. It gives a behind-the-scenes preview of Thomas working on “stuff” for 3 months or so… in preparation of the Ummm, exhibit which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark at the V1 Gallery, late October 2009.
On the Road to Ummmm, gives an insider view of Thomas’s many artistic talents; painting, sewing, woodwork, silk-screening, bronze casting, doodling and um…more painting. But it’s not all work for Campbell, a quick stop-over in the south of France, revives this self-proclaimed stuff maker’s skills before he says “au revoir,” and onto his exhibit in Denmark.
When asked about himself and his art, Thomas Campbell’s reply is summed up in one word, “Um..,” “Well, I am not a huge fan of using words to describe art and every time I am asked my gut instinct is just to say “Um, I make stuff.” And in reality that is what I do. I am a creative person by nature and by trial and error.”
Thomas Campbell is apart of the Gravis family and is a sponsored artist. He works closely inspiring our team of designers. “I love the fact Thomas works in so many medium’s, from film making to photography to all the art he creates. His body of work touches skaters, surfers and the art world, we are so happy to work with him,” says Maurice Torres, Global Marketing Director for Analog Clothing.
Watch for the first collaboration; The Yar bag launching in Fall/Winter 2010.
(on-sale July- retail, $75)
On the Road to Ummm, was directed, produced, shot and edited by Alex Kopps, a friend and fellow artist of Campbell’s.
About Thomas Campbell
Thomas Campbell is a self-taught painter, sculpture, photographer, and filmmaker. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Morocco. He’s completed three feature length surf films, The Seedling, Sprout and his third, The Present. Campbell is also creative director for an independent record label, Galaxia. http://www.thomascampbell-art.com
About Gravis Footwear
Since 1998, Gravis has blurred the boundaries of action sports function and luxury style products. Our collections of footwear, bags and luggage are inspired by our global team of pro athletes and artists and the experiences they have while traveling. Gravis products are built to take you around the world and back.
About V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
V1 Gallery was founded in 2002 by Jesper Elg and Peter Funch.
The gallery represents a select group of emerging and established artists and is committed to introducing art with something at heart to an international audience. Seeing art as a profound and competent media for social and political engagement, the gallery has a desire to challenge both the viewers, the norms and itself and aspires to create a space with no limitations other than quality and nerve. The artists represented by V1 gallery work in a variety of medias.