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CASEY WILLIAMS + RANDY TWADDLE  
at Holly Johnson Gallery  through  february 16     
by Todd Camplin

Last weekend was incredibly fun with lots of stops around the Dallas area. But
there were only a few places I wanted to linger and really absorb the art. One
such stop was Holly Johnson Gallery with the photos of Casey Williams (Casey
passed January 1st of  West Nile virus, our thought and prayers are with his
family) and drawings by Randy Twaddle.
This embrace of the form makes for a major shift in Williams’ work. One “Untitled” piece shows
rusted pipes and metal structures, and in this image is a depth of field effect where images
blur and distort bases of the function of the camera. In older works I have seen, it seems
Williams hid this effect of the camera, but in this body of work he embraces it.

Casey Williams’ photographs were a real shift from his images of the sea and ships. I have always
thought that Williams was attempting to allude to the language of painting, particularly abstract
artists such as Rothko or Louis Morris. These sea works were atmospheric and used strong minimalist
lines, but in this show it would seem that Williams has fully embraced photography for its own
sake. It seems to point to painting or any mode of art production other than the photo as its
own process and language.
Casey Williams - Untitled D - 2012 - 48X48 inches
Casey Williams - Untitled A -2012  - 24x24inches
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Randy Twaddle - 2012 - Napalines 83.5 x 60.5 inches
the work more approachable. After all, many of the drawing were massive or had the presence
Randy Twaddle - 2012 - Echos 60.5 x 43.5 inches
word drawing on ribbon seems strongly rooted in conceptual art, but Twaddle has poured out
some of the heaviness in favor of spontaneity and high contrast. The conceptual art is still there,
Casey Williams - Untitled E - 2012 - 48X48 inches
Holly Johnson has two artists that have developed some new directions in their works. My heart
goes out to Cssey Willimas'  family and I want  them to know that his current show was a
wonderful experience. Casey Williams’ work will be up until February 16th and Randy
Twaddle will have his drawings up until March 16th.