Arabella Campbell

8 June–7 July 2007

Arabella Campbell

Aligned with a sys­temic approach to abstrac­tion exem­pli­fied by the work of Agnes Mar­tin and Robert Ryman, Ara­bel­la Camp­bell is becom­ing increas­ing­ly rec­og­nized for her for­mal­ly and con­cep­tu­al­ly metic­u­lous prac­tice. Her work often acknowl­edges the edges of its own mate­r­i­al and insti­tu­tion­al sup­port struc­ture, to nuance and qual­i­fy our con­sid­er­a­tion of pro­por­tions, dimen­sions, depths and lim­its.

For Camp­bell, the geome­tries of the white cube and of nature are cues that pre­cip­i­tate work based on the care­ful adap­ta­tion of an exist­ing order. Her past works include an indoor/outdoor site-spe­cif­ic com­mis­sion con­sist­ing of three large mono­chro­mat­ic paint­ings with their pro­por­tions and colour sourced from the gallery’s archi­tec­ture, which cor­re­spond sym­met­ri­cal­ly to three sec­tions of ground out­side revealed by remov­ing the sod. For the recent sequence of can­vas­es titled the Phys­i­cal Facts series, Camp­bell imple­ment­ed sev­en prag­mat­ic con­fig­u­ra­tions of del­i­cate mono­chro­mat­ic sur­face and untreat­ed sup­port. At Catri­ona Jef­fries, spe­cif­ic archi­tec­tur­al events such as the cut in a gallery wall or the indent­ed “reveal” around the perime­ter of the space prompt­ed sev­er­al new works in the exhi­bi­tion. A sequence of pho­tographs depict­ing a dark, shad­owed gap where the dense west coast for­est draws back from the Pacif­ic Ocean was installed par­al­lel to the chan­neled reveal of the gallery wall. This same archi­tec­tur­al reveal mate­ri­al­izes again in anoth­er work as a series of sculp­tures shaped to the same dimen­sions, intrud­ing on the floor.

Campbell’s pho­tographs of geo­met­ric fish­ing sym­bols linger between being region­al visu­al idioms and reduc­tive aes­thet­ic fix­tures. Sub­tle vari­ances in the paint­ed sur­faces of three new can­vas­es accord with the indi­vid­ual weave of their mate­r­i­al, while the green painters’ tape left on top refracts a faint green glow. The before-and-after scene of a rec­tan­gle cleared by the artist through an earth­work dig in a patch of dense, remote rain­for­est foliage is depict­ed in two new photographs—and fur­ther dis­tanced by a screen of rain in Campbell’s Gen­er­a­tor Gar­den video.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion or press enquires please con­tact Catri­ona Jef­fries or Anne Low at +1 604 736 1554.