A Cool Breeze

Neil Campbell
Corolla 2 (golden), 2011
Acrylic on styrene
213.4 x 29.2 cm
Collection of Denis Walz

A Cool Breeze

Neil Campbell
Corolla 2 (golden), 2011
Acrylic on styrene
213.4 x 29.2 cm
Collection of Denis Walz

A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Neil Campbell
Corolla 2 (golden), 2011
Acrylic on styrene
213.4 x 29.2 cm
Collection of Denis Walz

Brian Fisher
Visitation, 1985
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 71 cm
Courtesy of Winchester Gallery

Brian Fisher
Purple Mandala, 1985
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 71 cm
Courtesy of Winchester Gallery
A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Brian Fisher
Visitation, 1985
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 71 cm
Courtesy of Winchester Gallery

Brian Fisher
Purple Mandala, 1985
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 71 cm
Courtesy of Winchester Gallery
A Cool Breeze

Brian Fisher
Visitation, 1985
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 71 cm
Courtesy of Winchester Gallery

A Cool Breeze

Brian Fisher
Purple Mandala, 1985
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 71 cm
Courtesy of Winchester Gallery
A Cool Breeze

Phillip K. Smith III
Lozenge 6 Horizontal, 2014
Acrylic, plywood, custom electronics
182.9 x 30.5 x 21.6 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles

A Cool Breeze

Phillip K. Smith III
Lozenge 6 Horizontal, 2014
Acrylic, plywood, custom electronics
182.9 x 30.5 x 21.6 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles

A Cool Breeze

Phillip K. Smith III
Lozenge 6 Horizontal, 2014
Acrylic, plywood, custom electronics
182.9 x 30.5 x 21.6 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles

A Cool Breeze

Phillip K. Smith III
Lozenge 6 Horizontal, 2014
Acrylic, plywood, custom electronics
182.9 x 30.5 x 21.6 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles

A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Helen Pashgian
Untitled (Column #5), 2010
Glass, acrylic on canvas
233.7 x 54.6 x 49.5 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Neil Campbell
Axel, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
Variable dimensions
Courtesy of the artist
A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Helen Pashgian
Untitled (Column #5), 2010
Glass, acrylic on canvas
233.7 x 54.6 x 49.5 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Michael Morris
Atlantis/Jericho, 1970/2017
Mirror
Variable dimensions
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, 2010
Neil Campbell
Axel, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
Variable dimensions
Courtesy of the artist
Phillip K. Smith III
Arced Line (Single Push), 2014
Painted fiberglass
60.4 x 198.1 x 28.8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles
A Cool Breeze

Neil Campbell
Axel, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
Variable dimensions
Courtesy of the artist
A Cool Breeze

Helen Pashgian
Untitled (Column #5), 2010
Glass, acrylic on canvas
233.7 x 54.6 x 49.5 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

Michael Morris
Atlantis/Jericho, 1970/2017
Mirror
Variable dimensions
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, 2010
A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Gordon Smith
Winter, 1969
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Collection of Elsie Jang

Michael Morris
Atlantis/Jericho, 1970/2017
Mirror
Variable dimensions
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, 2010

John McCracken
Woosh, 2005
Resin, fiberglass, plywood
30.5 x 231.1 x 7.6 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Gordon Smith
Untitled, 1966-67
Oil on canvas
139.2 x 164.7 cm
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Gift of June Bellman, 2002

A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Phillip K. Smith III
Arced Line (Single Push), 2014
Painted fiberglass
60.4 x 198.1 x 28.8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles
Michael Morris
Atlantis/Jericho, 1970/2017
Mirror
Variable dimensions
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program and the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, 2010

Mary Corse
Untitled (Beveled White Inner Band), 2010
Glass, acrylic on canvas
244 x 122 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Phillip K. Smith III
Arced Line (Single Push), 2014
Painted fiberglass
60.4 x 198.1 x 28.8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles
Mary Corse
Untitled (Beveled White Inner Band), 2010
Glass, acrylic on canvas
244 x 122 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

Phillip K. Smith III
Arced Line (Single Push), 2014
Painted fiberglass
60.4 x 198.1 x 28.8 cm
Courtesy the artist and Royale Projects, Los Angeles

A Cool Breeze

Mary Corse
Untitled (Beveled White Inner Band), 2010
Glass, acrylic on canvas
244 x 122 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

Gordon Smith
Winter, 1969
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Collection of Elsie Jang

A Cool Breeze

John McCracken
Woosh, 2005
Resin, fiberglass, plywood
30.5 x 231.1 x 7.6 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

Joan Balzar
Fusion, 1967
Acrylic on canvas and neon light
148 x 213.5 cm
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Gift of Alexander Cotter, 1998

A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

John McCracken
Woosh, 2005
Resin, fiberglass, plywood
30.5 x 231.1 x 7.6 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe


Joan Balzar
Fusion, 1967
Acrylic on canvas and neon light
148 x 213.5 cm
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Gift of Alexander Cotter, 1998

A Cool Breeze

Joan Balzar
Fusion, 1967
Acrylic on canvas and neon light
148 x 213.5 cm
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Gift of Alexander Cotter, 1998

A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Laddie John Dill
Light Sentence, 1971
Glass, argon gas
223.5 x 15 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

De Wain Valentine
Ring Agate, 1968
Cast polyester resin
48.3 x 13.9 cm plus vitrine
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Gordon Smith
Suspended Red, 1968
Oil on canvas
86.4 x 86.4 cm
Private collection, Vancouver

A Cool Breeze

De Wain Valentine
Ring Agate, 1968
Cast polyester resin
48.3 x 13.9 cm plus vitrine
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

De Wain Valentine
Ring Agate, 1968
Cast polyester resin
48.3 x 13.9 cm plus vitrine
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

Laddie John Dill
Light Sentence, 1971
Glass, argon gas
223.5 x 15 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

A Cool Breeze

Gordon Smith
Suspended Red, 1968
Oil on canvas
86.4 x 86.4 cm
Private collection, Vancouver

A Cool Breeze

Installation shot. From left to right:

Gordon Smith
Untitled, 1966-67
Oil on canvas
139.2 x 164.7 cm
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Gift of June Bellman, 2002

De Wain Valentine
Ring Agate, 1968
Cast polyester resin
48.3 x 13.9 cm plus vitrine
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Laddie John Dill
Light Sentence, 1971
Glass, argon gas
223.5 x 15 cm
Collection of Brigitte and Henning Freybe

Gordon Smith
Suspended Red, 1968
Oil on canvas
86.4 x 86.4 cm
Private collection, Vancouver

A Cool Breeze

Gordon Smith
Untitled, 1966-67
Oil on canvas
139.2 x 164.7 cm
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, The University of British Columbia.
Gift of June Bellman, 2002


A Cool Breeze continues Seattle-based curator Melissa E. Feldman’s research in 1960s California Light and Space and its reverberations, in this case Vancouver artists with a penchant for optical minimalism. This project, drawn largely from local private collections, presents these formal works in conversation to reflect on a parallel use of cool aesthetics in these two West Coast scenes.

The exhibition features work by artists associated with “L.A. Glass and Plastic” or “Finish Fetish”, a subset of California Light and Space art, which was a constellation of formal, material and conceptual practices that coalesced in Southern California in the late sixties. There are works from this period by Laddie John Dill and De Wain Valentine, as well as examples of more recent pieces by Mary Corse, Helen Pashgian, and John McCracken guided by the same concerns they started out with.

Through the process of visiting collections in Vancouver, Feldman discovered works by local artists previously unknown to her, such as Joan Balzer, Michael Morris, and Gordon Smith, whose paintings and sculptures had an affinity with and were produced contemporaneously with California Light and Space. Both groups share an interest in engaging the viewer in spatial and perceptual play using striking color, optical geometric patterns, and reflective or opaque materials such as mirrors and colored plexiglass. Two current generation artists, Neil Campbell and Phillip K. Smith III, from Vancouver and L.A., respectively, bring these investigations into the present.

Melissa E. Feldman is a Seattle-based independent curator, writer, and director of the Neddy Artist Awards at Cornish College of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include Another Minimalism: Art after California Light and Space, a touring exhibition organized by the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Free Play, an Independent Curators International exhibition on tour since 2014; Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik’s World of Ballet and Theatre, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Afterglow: Rethinking California Light and Space Art, which toured to several university galleries in Northern California including the Hearst Art Gallery at St. Mary’s College, Walnut Creek, California; and Sampler: Textiles at Creative Growth at Creative Growth Center, Oakland. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Frieze, Third Text, and Aperture, among others. Recently distinguished visiting faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Feldman has taught at the California College of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Goldsmith’s College, and is credited with organizing the first American monographic exhibitions for Kilimnik, Martin Kippenberger, and Hiroshi Sugimoto for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

June 10–August 15, 2017. Opening reception June 8th, 7-9pm.