24 January — 27 February 2007
Galleria Franco Noero is pleased to present Neil Campbell’s solo exhibition.
Neil Campbell’s work is synthetic in charachter and has a strong impact on the viewer’s whole senses. Through the study of geometric shapes, often generated by a thorough reflection on a universal one like the circle or dot, and on the positive and negative spaces defined by it, Campbell produces works that range from small scale to paintings that meet the dimensions of the given architectural space.
His works transcend abstraction and the mere visual perception engaging the whole body. A sharp definition of the space and a rhythmical sense of composition addresses the experience to what the artist defines ‘the electrical field of the body’.
The human form in its entirety is engaged by the scale of the wall paintings which are executed using a completeley matt paint that avoids any kind of reflection.
The exhibition features three wall paintings: Boom Boom, Pillar and Zero.
Boom Boom is composed by two enormous black circles of the same diameter painted in a corner of the gallery: as the viewer’s moves through the gallery room, the circumferences alternate between being perceived as a circular and an oval, and the black paint is deep and thick which activates a strong perception of the white walls and of the ‘ghost’ space around them. This happens also in Pillar, a thin long shape painted from the high edge of the wall to the floor. Campbell uses deliberately a thin layers of flat paint, in order for the shapes to appear as part of the wall. The same is the case as in Zero, which is composed using circles of five alternate sizes, painted in yellow day-glo in the core and matt black on the borders.
Neil Campbell was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Vancouver School of Art, and Concordia University in Montreal, where he earned an MFA in 1979. Following nearly two decades of residence in New York City he returned to Vancouver, where he currently lives and works. His work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions Institutions and private Galleries in North America and Europe including CAG Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City; Art and Public, Geneva; VAG Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver.