Last Friday, Copenhagen’s V1 Gallery opened concurrent solo shows by three long-time friends, collaborators and fellow Californians: Thomas Campbell, Ed Templeton and Evan Hecox. Using sign-making, graphics, folk art and the streets themselves as inspiration, the three artists are considered forerunners to various currents of the low-brow art movement including outsider art and street art.
Filled with bright colors and patterns that echo crafting techniques, Campbell’s show, “Clastic Plowers,” is a mediation on the interaction between humans and nature. Hecox’s highly stylized drawings and paintings revel in urban environments, filtering the artist’s surroundings through his keen eye for graphics. Meanwhile, Templeton’s hand-printed photos in “Litmus Test” were taken on his 2007 trip to Russia and function as a personal reflection of the cultural differences he observed over the course of his trip. Take a look at some images from the show courtesy of Henrik Haven.