Street Pause, 2010, custome electronics, white LEDs, plexiglass,
14'' x 62'' x 2'''
Campbell: Recent Work
22 - June 11, 2011
reception: April 29th 6 - 8pm
Yezerski Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of three
recent works by artist Jim Campbell. An MIT graduate with an engineering
degree, Campbell utilizes custom LED technology to create innovative
works that explore the relationships between human perception,
movement and memory. Campbell's work combines image-making with
technology in a way that subtly plays with the line between representation
and abstraction. The pieces allow the viewer to interpret and
complete the ideas and images communicated by the light and movement
in the work. The show opens in conjunction with the seventh biennial
Boston Cyber Arts Festival.
Market Street Pause is a work that straddles the line between
representation and abstraction. The footage is of Market Street
in San Francisco, with vehicle and pedestrian traffic passing
by. The moving image is randomly interrupted with pauses, and
all motion freezes for a brief time before resuming. The comprehension
of the image relies on this movement. When this motion is stopped,
the image becomes abstract.
In Exploded View (Commuters), Campbell took an idea for a technological
concept to create an entirely different kind of work, which takes
a two-dimensional image but shows it in a three-dimensional space.
Using footage of commuters from New York's Grand Central Station,
Campbell created a field of more than 1100 LEDs in vertical rows,
which are connected by hanging wires. While standing in front
of the piece the viewer sees ripples of darkness pass through
it, loosely identified as bustling commuters. Alternatively a
view from the side of the piece renders it entirely abstract and
Fundamental Interval Commuters #2 is another work created in New
York’s Grand Central Station. It combines a still photograph
of commuters mounted to Plexiglas with a low resolution LED panel
behind it, programmed with a 20 minute loop of people walking
through the station in the same location. The length of the photographic
exposure is the fundamental interval, in this case the length
of a single footstep.
Campbell was born in Chicago in 1956 and lives in San Francisco.
He received degrees in Mathematics and Engineering from MIT in
1978. He has been working with LED technology since 1999. Campbell's
work is in many public institutions nationwide including the Museum
of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art,
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern
Art, the Austin Museum of Art and several others. Campbell's work
has been collected and exhibited extensively worldwide.