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12/14, Jim Campbell: Closer to Nothing
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Nancy Tubbs

December 10, 2019    

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco presents:

Jim Campbell: Closer to Nothing

Opening Reception Sat, Dec 14, 4-6pm, Exhibition Dec 14, 2019 - Jan 25, 2020; Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat from 10 am - 5:30 pm; Thurs from 11 am - 7 pm, San Francisco


With light as his primary medium, Jim Campbell probes the liminal boundaries of perception. Utilizing devices and techniques he has developed over the last nineteen years, his newest body of work exploits extreme data deficiency as a means of engaging primal pathways of comprehension. Each piece, effectively incomplete without viewer participation, resolves itself only through the brain's capacity to extrapolate meaning from a paucity of information.

The exhibition will include work that incorporates imagery from Eadweard Muybridge's groundbreaking human and animal motion studies from the late 1800s. Before the advent of the movie camera, Muybridge devised a method of sequential still photographs to capture aspects of bodily motion undetectable by the human eye. Campbell inverts this concept to test the limits of discernment by breaking down Muybridge's images into minimal data with continual variations in magnification.

Campbell's custom electronics hijack technologies developed for information transfer and storage to examine human perception and memory. Navigating the threshold between the analog and the digital, his work activates an experience of neurological alchemy whereby data transforms into knowledge.

Jim Campbell (b. 1956, Chicago) has degrees in Mathematics and Engineering from MIT and he holds nearly twenty patents in the field of video image processing. His work is currently on view at The Anderson Collection at Stanford, thoughtfully curated within the context their permanent collection of post-war American masterpieces. That exhibition will be on view through August 3, 2020. His 2018 public art commission, Day for Night, is a permanent installation that spans the exterior nine stories above the 62nd floor of the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Opening Reception Sat, Dec 14, 4-6pm, Exhibition Dec 14, 2019 - Jan 25, 2020; Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat from 10 am - 5:30 pm; Thurs from 11 am - 7 pm

Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco
260 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103


Phone: 415-495-5454
Contact: Dianne Dec

About Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco:
Hosfelt Gallery has shown international emerging to mid-career artists since 1996 in San Francisco. In fall 2012, Hosfelt expanded into a new 8,900 sq ft San Francisco venue. Our program is built around artwork with a refined level of execution that addresses critical inquiries in relation to the history of art, culture, politics, and intellectual discourse.
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