Known for her drawings, sculpture and architectural interventions, Beth Campbell creates works that challenge the notion of a physical world beyond our perception. In Campbell’s installations and recent sculpture, what appears at first glance to be a facsimile of the everyday will reveal startling complexity. Forms repeat and stutter. Mirrors become portals. The familiar becomes strange. With works such as Elsewhere (2010) and the Lamps series (ongoing), Campbell collapses the distance between a recognizable world of banal objects and a multiplicity of alternate realities.
Beginning in 1998, the diagrammatic Potential Future Drawings embody Campbell’s interest in giving physical shape to streams of consciousness. Each drawing branches out from a single occurrence in her everyday life into a host of outcomes ranging from fantastic to abysmal. The highly subjective, personal voice behind Campbell’s text departs from the taut vocabulary of conceptual art while appropriating its tropes.
Campbell’s commissioned projects include Following Room at the Whitney Museum of Art (2007) and Following Room (Trento) at Manifesta 7, Trento, Italy (2008); and Potential Store Fronts for the Public Art Fund, New York (2007). Recent solo exhibitions include Hotel Particulier in New York City (2013), the Kate Werble Gallery in New York City (2012) and the Seomi Gallery in Seoul, Korea (2012). Her work is included in collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2011), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Memorial Fellowship (2009) and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2006). She has been an artist-in-residence at John Michael Kohler Arts Center (2009), the Lower East Side Printshop (2006) and Dieu Donné (2003), among others.
Campbell earned her MFA from Ohio University in Athens, OH and her BFA from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She lives and works in New York.
- BFA, Truman State University
- MFA, Ohio University - Athens
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