SCOTT VINCENT CAMPBELL
April 26 - May 25, 2019
Reception: April 26, 6 - 9 PM
Material presents work informed by the idea of the object. For Campbell, the individual pieces in the exhibition function as totems: expressions of the particular idea with which the larger body of work is concerned. The exhibition is comprised of work from two separate series’, Campbell’s Not Good but Well Behaved and F.O.O.L (Fabric of our Lives).
The choice of rubber in the Not Good but Well Behaved series is meant to convey the specific notions of protection and buffering, while the formal aspects of the sculptures reference objects often also associated with this: gates, fences, barriers, shields, masks, etc. F.O.O.L (Fabric of our Lives) explores the idea of collective trauma as a unifying agent: the duality of using a common pain as a source of strength/building block. Through the lens of American history, the materials of cotton and wood lath are signifiers for the two respective sides of that coin: cotton and the slave trade; wood lath and building construction. The resin acts as a binding agent, holding everything together. The materials Campbell uses are an integral way of translating the meaning of the work; he mines materials for their existing associations and qualities to form a larger dialogue.
“Objects hold their own power. Materials hold their own power. By creating works that reference the physical objects often used to define culture, I aim to create room to analyze it, and imagine alternatives.”
-Scott Vincent Campbell