His Heart Was In His Hands

Jef Campion, Army of One: Memorial Exhibition
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery

The mood was somber, intense, raw and painful at the Jef Campion/Army of One – Memorial Exhibition/Mini Retrospective at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery on the LES last Thursday.. As one walks through the prolific artist’s work – one walks through the testament of a man’s sufferings and his quest for love and light. Jef Campion’s tormented soul is clearly seen in the inflamed, caustic words that are set in lightly penned poems on thick panels of wood.  A dichotomy that reminds us that we need light and dark to fight the demons within us and the exploration for sanctuary.

Special guests spoke of Campion’s altruism within the fire fighting community, the Ronald McDonald House and the special camaraderie that exists between street artists. Street artist, Fumero, spoke of nights spent with Jef “doing their thing” and remembered his friend describing it as “our time”. He also explained Campion’s impact on the street art world, as well as art in the broader sense. Yes! Fumero stated it well – “His heart was in his hands.” And while, energy transforms and we are grateful for his legacy – Campion and the light that surrounded him will be sorely missed. 
Jef Campion/Army of One: Memorial Exhibition/Mini Retrospective 
Gallery Hours: Monday – Sunday  (12 noon to 7 pm)
Castle Fitzjohn Gallery. 98 Orchard Street, NY NY 10002
Art Review and Photography : Olya Turcihin
Jef Campion, Army of One: Memorial Exhibition
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion, Army of One: Memorial Exhibition
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion, Army of One: Memorial Exhibition
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion, Army of One: Memorial Exhibition
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion, Army of One: Memorial Exhibition
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery
Jef Campion, Army of One: Memorial Exhibition
Jef Campion/Army of One at Castle Fitzjohn Gallery

 

 

 

Olya Turcihin

Olya Turcihin

Olya Turchin is a Photographer based out of NY.

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