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Catriona Jeffries Gallery: ARABELLA CAMPBELL - 25 Mar 2011 to 30 Apr 2011

Current Exhibition

25 Mar 2011 to 30 Apr 2011
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Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
Catriona Jeffries Gallery
274 East 1st Avenue,
V5T 1A6
Vancouver, BC
North America
p: (01) 604 736 1554
f: (01) 604 736 1054

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Artists in this exhibition: ARABELLA CAMPBELL

25 March to 30 April 2011

Catriona Jeffries Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Arabella Campbell. Working across painting, sculpture and photography, the work in the exhibition is directed by Campbell’s persistent curiosity in the material conditions of abstraction and the paradoxes created by the slightest shifts in context and surrounding details of time and place.

In this new body of work Campbell maintains her investigation into the fundamental precepts of painting and the physical circumstances of the spaces in which art is conceived, produced and displayed. Loosely appropriating the geometry produced by Dan Flavin’s Untitled (Marfa Project) at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, Campbell stratifies the experience of light created by Flavin’s installation into a series of paintings, installed as a sculptural arrangement of leaned canvases. This spatial composition of serial paintings is then layered further through a grid of scans of the paintings themselves, creating another system whereby the schematics of the paintings can be examined. This process of repetition brings into motion an infinity of recursive possibility, moving through space to grasp a narrative that cannot be comprehended from one stationary spot. In a suspended sculptural work, a wooden stretcher floats without a canvas surface thus granting the frame the ability to enclose particular views of the exhibition itself whilst corrupting its associative structural use and thus the parameters that determine an experience of viewing an artwork.

Campbell examines the geometry of nature through a photograph of a large truck box parked in a remote, rainforest landscape. The graphic composition of the metallic box itself is brought sharply into focus through the edges of the photograph and the dense backdrop of trees, indicating again to her considered curiosity in making interventions into existing orders. The photographic device of framing appears in another image of a house floating on the Pacific ocean. Guiding our attention to a beautiful rectilinear window in the house’s wood shingled exterior, the photograph creates an aesthetic puncture of the frame within the pictorial, reminiscent of Campbell’s photographs of fishing symbols found along the West Coast. Within the space of the gallery itself, Campbell enacts a literal geometric puncture through the removal and displacement of a portion of her studio wall into a gallery wall, while the green painter’s tape she has previously used to mark the top edge of a painting has now been released off the painting to be adhered directly to the wall, producing a painterly apparition.

Arabella Campbell (1973) was born in Vancouver where she currently lives and works. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Artspeak, Vancouver (2008) and Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2007). Her work has been included in a number of international group shows, including Sublimation, Oakville Galleries, Ontario (2011); Everything Everyday, Vancouver Art Gallery (2010); Stowaways: The Exhibition Formerly Known as Passengers, CCA Wattis, San Francisco (2009); Enacting Abstraction, Vancouver Art Gallery (2009); THIS IS NOT A VOID, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo (2008); Museum as Medium, Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastian; Vigo Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain (2008); Everything Should Be As Simple As Possible But Not Simpler, The Western Front, Vancouver (2008); FOR SALE, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon (2007); Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK (2007); The Monochromatic Field: Works From The Collection, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver (2006); PAINT, Vancouver Art Gallery (2006).

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

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19 May – 25 June 2011

Art Basel 15 – 19 June 2011

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