Typography Pop-Art Inspired by Poetry at gallerywest

Art makes me smile.

It always has, and it always will. You may have read about how I love to visit art galleries when I’m traveling (remember the quaint gallery in Positano in THIS POST? Or the cultural arts center in Granada from THIS POST?) but I also love to pop into as many galleries in my hometown of Toronto when I can.

This week, I will be spending quite some time at one of my favourite galleries, gallerywest (1332 Queen St. West, Toronto) for a special exhibit that means a lot to me. My ever-so-talented fiance (who you may know as Jeff-the-Passport-to-Design-mascot or @AWUTI on Twitter) has created some inspiring and beautiful works of art that will be on display as of today, November 22, until November 30 2011 at gallerywest. I know, you may think I’m tooting Jeff’s horn only because he is the “love of my life” (and yes, this is true) but I actually do LOVE the typography-style pop-art works he has created based on his poetry.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the works that will be on display (and for sale) at the “A Writer Under The Influence” exhibit:

The Poem: FLIGHT

a thousand birds fly into the sky
no one stops to ask them why
yet they fly without fear and without cause
they heed no warnings, they heed no laws
each bird has an end so clear
and though it may not be so near
things like the winds of fear
have no bearing on which way they steer

those birds fly through the skies of life
they fly through hate, they fly through strife
a perfect flight can never be had
the world is wicked, the world is mad
as time goes by their flight seems vain
for time distorts what people can’t explain
and it leaves a mark, a deep set stain
a flight that was freedom is now pain

one by one those flights are shot down
the shots heard from miles around
people today are no stranger to
the dreams that are dreamt by few
to the earth those birds still do fall
and along the plains they start to crawl
until they come across another wall
a field thick, a tower tall.

those birds of life have such power
to make sand out of that tower
they have such force, they have such drive
to achieve for which they strive
that the first wall is but sand
that can be worn away by hand
so that the flat land
lies again at their command

they go about their dull stark days
they think of all the wonderful ways
to make their life a tad less plain
to cure life’s great disdain
if only they hadn’t shot down that flight
if only they had put up more of a fight
perhaps their lives would be free from plight
and their dreams would still be alive tonight



"Flight" by Jeff Campagna. Mixed media. 24"x 36"

Detail of "Flight" by Jeff Campagna.

This is what the above poem has become: a digital work of art that boasts a pop-art and contemporary flare with nostalgic references to classical framing of “high art”. With these works, Jeff makes reference to the digital age of art and how technology has changed what is now accepted as art. Back in the day, Jeff’s works of art would have likely been tossed into the Salon des Refusés (the illegitiamte exhibit of rejected works of modern art in 1863) because of the lack of classical ideals and the abstracted subject matter. His art would not be worthy of gold-frames and white walls, but today, things are different.

Obviously, Jeff can explain his own art better than I can, so if you like what you see, you should come out to gallerywest to see some more poetry-inspired works.  The opening reception of  “A Writer Under the Influence” exhibit takes place on Thursday, November 24th from 7-10 pm (all the cool kids will be there!). Jeff will have Volume 1 and Volume 2 of his books for sale, and will also be selling 5 of his original large-format poetry-inspired pieces.

I hope to see all of you there, it will be a fun event (free admission, free drinks, free munchies and great music) and a fabulous excuse to celebrate ART! Check out the facebook event page for more info by clicking HERE, or the gallerywest event listing HERE. YAY FOR ART! :)

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  1. The Pop Art typography enhances the content and gives the poem another layer. Looks great. Congrats.

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting, Pop Art Fix. If you’re in the Toronto area, you should come by the show on the opening on Nov. 24th :)

  3. I’d love to, but I’m in New York. All the best!

  4. Very cool. ‘Flight’ reminds me of the white herons that fly home from all over Bali to the village of Petulu where they roost in the trees each night. Ya don’t want to be parking your car under those trees, I can tell you!

    Sadly gallerywest is a bit out of my way but best of luck to Jeff for his exhibition.

  5. Love that mixed media piece. “Flight” is so uplifting!

  6. Thanks for stopping by, Tanya :) Glad you like the art, I’ll pass along the message to the artist.


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