articles
todd
camplin
2014
OTIS JONES + BRET SLATER
at Holly Johnson Gallery through July 26
by Todd Camplin

Last Saturday I made my way over to Holly Johnson Gallery to see the new works by Otis Jones and
Bret Slater. I stopped by early in the morning and I found foldout chairs were set up, facing two comfy
arm chairs. I immediately remembered the invitation I got for a town hall style interview with Sharon Louden
and Annette Lawrence. Both would be at the gallery that day at 4:00 PM to talk and sign the book, “Living
and Sustaining a Creative Life  Essays by 40 Working Artists.” Needless to say I came back
to the gallery to hear the talk.
Artist and Editor of the book, Sharon Louden
interviewed Denton artist and contributor to
the book, Annette Lawrence. The conversation
centered around Lawrence’s experience as a
professor and as an artist. She shared how she
set aside several hours a day to work on her art.
Sharon Louden read a passage from the book
which illustrated how being creative from an
outside observer might not look like the person
is working. However, the creative process of
thinking and planning is as important as
producing the work. I would have picked up
a book right there and then, but my six year
old had had enough after sitting quietly for
an hour, and he bolted out. That is OK, I now
have it on my Kindle and I am currently
devouring the book.
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Bret Slater
Demeter, 2013
Bret Slater
Foxy Waddles
The descriptive titles of Otis Jones’ object/paintings accomplish the subjective interpretation
while maintaining a strong connection to the tradition of minimal and abstract painting.
Otis Jones
Black and White Circles on Blue, 2014
Otis Jones
Pink with 3 Circles, 2014
“Living and Sustaining a Creative Life  Essays by 40 Working Artists” is available at a bookseller
near you or online. You can find this interview and other interviews from the book tour online
as well. Otis Jones and Bret Slater will be showing at
Holly Johnson Gallery through July 26th.

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