Cindy Richmond is a Vancouver-based writer, editor and arts consultant.
March 27–April 26, 2008
TAKEN FROM THERE TO “HERE TO WHERE IT CAME FROM AND TAKEN TO A PLACE AND USED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT CAN ONLY REMAIN AS A REPRESENTATION OF WHAT IT WAS WHERE IT CAME FROM”
Artspeak window installation
Arabella Campbell is a Vancouver based artist whose work examines formal, material and institutional structures. Past projects include a painting series that attempts to replicate (from memory) the shades of white wall paint used by three art institutions, and an indoor/outdoor site-specific work of three large monochromatic paintings that were mirrored by three corresponding de-sodded “monochromes” in the lawn outside the gallery.
Her current project at Artspeak continues her investigation into the markers of institutional space. Situated in Artspeak’s street level windows, Taken from there to “here to where it came from and taken to a place and used in such a manner that it can only remain as a representation of what it was where it came from” considers the form and language of the exhibition invitation. Using Artspeak’s archive of invitations for exhibitions and projects at the gallery (1986–2008), she has created an assemblage that not only considers representation, but mimics and interferes with the frame of the window. On the adjacent window, Campbell has created an assemblage of another sort, stringing together invitational phrases for exhibition openings. This second component formally corresponds to the title’s source —a wall text work by Lawrence Weiner. Reading a space within a space, a work within a work, the viewer is called upon to consider the formal and representational aspects of the language and aesthetics of the “invitation” within an institutional framework.
Campbell’s work has been shown locally and internationally since her graduation from Emily Carr Institute in 2002. Exhibitions include York Gallery, York, UK, 2008; Thomas Dane Gallery, London, 2007; Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, 2007; Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, 2007 and 2005; Vancouver Art Gallery, 2006 and 2004; Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2006; and Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, 2002.