at Holly Johnson Gallery
by Todd Camplin

Holly Johnson Gallery has paired Jacob El Hanani in the front gallery with
William Betts in the back gallery space. These two artists are both minimal
and maximal, with large and small surprises.
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Jacob El Hanani's 18 x 18 inch drawings don't overwhelm you with scale, but
allow you to move in close and focus in on each little detailed mark he makes.
Lines from grids and patterns flow across the paper like waves of water. With a
show titled "Linear Landscape," I can assume El Hanani has looked to topographical
maps, but I was surprised to find out that he was influenced by micrography or the
act of writing very small.
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I instantly related to El Hanani’s need to use all available space on a sheet of paper.
Teachers  in primary school gave me a hard time for bending my sentences over the
When I first approached William Betts’ paintings, I noticed an image of a forest or room
interior presented on a highly reflective surface. I could certainly see myself, but minute
Jacob El Hanani 2010 - UrbanLandscape 18x18
Jacob El Hanani 2011 Leaves 18x18  
William Betts 2012  Aspens 48x71
You must experience this show in person – it is so worth it. The images on-line do not do the work
justice. See William Bett’s work up at Holly Johnson Gallery to May 5th, and you have a little
more time to see Jacob El Hanani’s drawings, up until June 16th. Jacob El Hanani is an artist
after my own heart and the more I learn about his work the more I love it.