Exhibit: The New Art Brut: Assemblages, Sculptures and Paintings by Salvador Campos

Exhibit The New Art Brut: Assemblages, Sculptures and Paintings, opens June 15 at Harold Washington Library Center. A part of the 2024-2025 Arts and Music Department Call for Artists, The New Art Brut will showcase the mixed-media work of Chicago artist Salvador Campos.

A self-taught artist and poet from Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Campos transforms discarded objects from Chicago’s streets into paintings, assemblages, figures, masks and sculptures. His work is influenced by the visual traditions of cave painting, graffiti, African art and the Art Brut movement.

Of his own work, Campos says, “I aim to stimulate the viewer’s perceptual awareness of the beauty and value in the ordinary and to encourage creative imagination regarding reuse of materials, in the hope that they will discard less and recycle more. Each piece contains not only a unique history but potential for aesthetic function.”

Campos has exhibited his work in both solo and group shows across the Chicago region for the past 23 years, including at the Bridgeport Art Center, the Oak Park Art League, the Noyes Cultural Art Center and Columbia College. His work has also been featured in Barbed Magazine.

The New Art Brut: Assemblages, Sculptures and Paintings will be on the 8th floor of Harold Washington Library Center from June 15 to July 27.