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Pair, 2012, Photography by Sarah Fay

Neil Campbell - Vancouver, Canada

Pair 2012

70 - 361 University Avenue
(Walkway between Osgoode Hall and the University Avenue Courthouse)

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While we tend to privilege the visual in the order of sensory perception, Neil Campbell's work aims to lead the viewer toward haptic and somatic sensations that engage the entire body in the perceptual process. Often calibrated to cause an oscillation between figure and ground, or between a sculptural object and its surrounding environment, Campbell's works are resolutely human in scale, consistent with his ambition to "talk to the body." Pair depends on the viewer's approach along a path perpendicular to the gap between the paired spheres. As one moves toward the work, the shape of the objects and the space around them shifts and alters in a way that may seem paradoxical in relation to one‘s vertical orientation to the surface of the earth. Alternating perplexity and pleasure may result.

Artist Biography: Neil Campbell was born in Saskatchewan and lives and works in Vancouver. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Vancouver School of Art and Concordia University in Montreal (MFA 1979). Recent exhibitions include Gallery Franco Noero, Turin; faultline, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; BASE/MACHINE, Vancouver Art Gallery; Supernatural, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. He is represented by Blanket Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Gallery Franco Noero, Turin and Office Baroque in Antwerp.

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