An artist talk will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall located in the Vivian Bull Music Center. A reception for Campus will follow in the Linfield Gallery.
The show, which features Campus’ latest single-channel videos, will be his first solo exhibition on the West Coast. Eight videos, all from 2012-13, will run concurrently on separate screens throughout the gallery.
Campus is widely considered a seminal figure in the history of video and new media art, and one of the very first to pick up a video camera and create art. He is known for his interactive and single-channel video work of the early 1970s, along with an extensive body of photographic and digital video works to the present day. He is known for his contribution to the transformation of video art into an accepted fine art medium. Campus has also worked with photography and computer imaging, focusing on the subject of nature and the exterior.
Campus’ newest video works are increasingly abstract and gloriously hued. Pieces combine colors and loosely structured forms with a brilliant saturation and pixelation that could only be achieved in the digital era. Continually interested in cognitive psychology and perception, Campus explores the gap between what we see, what the camera records and what we imagine a landscape to be.
Since 1972, Campus has had more than 40 solo exhibitions, including shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York City. His works are part of numerous collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; and others.
He holds degrees from Ohio State University and the City College Film Institute. He has held fellowships from John Simon Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Peter Campus is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, www.cristintierney.com. The exhibit is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund, the Linfield Gallery and the Department of Art and Visual Culture.
Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art. Exhibits are organized by Linfield Gallery Curator and Director Cris Moss.
All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in honor of Labor Day.
The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus (map), at 900 SE Baker Street in McMinnville. Parking is free. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery online.
PHOTOS courtesy of the artist and Cristin Tierney Gallery.