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"Symbol - Process - Provocation: Work by J. Lynn Campbell"
2003-09-29 until 2003-11-02
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Bowmanville, ON, CA Canada

"Is the body defined by the external cause to which we assign our feelings? Can we imagine the body without extensions? Within an existing environment what are the circumstances in which a person lives, and how are these conditions considered in relation to the possibility of life?" J. Lynn Campbell asks these questions in relation to her exhibition of constructed works titled SYMBOL-PROCESS-PROVOCATION, at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. Campbell exhibited Modern Model Forms #8 in a Broadview Collective group show at the VAC in 2001, offering a glimpse into her creative practice. A full-scale exhibition by this artist provides viewers with an opportunity to experience, understand, and appreciate the work in its full range and magnitude.

Campbell's poetic constructions and their complexities of meaning raise questions about the body and its role in perception and sensation. New works, based on the human form, consist of a series of torsos and lower body shapes fabricated from stainless steel or copper wire mesh fabric. Each shape is hand sewn together using a fine-gauge wire, resulting in a three-dimensional semi-transparent fascia-like component of the human body. Exquisite fabrication and the beauty of the objects ameliorate a certain element of shock-the human form dismembered, headless, disconnected from its whole, and within a figurative tradition informed by contemporary anxieties.

A Toronto-based artist educated at the Ontario College of Art, with independent studies in France, Open Studio, University of Toronto and York University, Campbell has been exhibiting her art since the early 1980's. Recent installations include Offering, Natural Light Window Gallery, Toronto (site-specific installation); Treaty, Deleon White Gallery, Toronto (installation); In-Sight, Tree Museum, Muskoka, Ontario (site-specific permanent installation); truth, a disposition to be, ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany (site-specific installation); and Offering, The Library and Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario (sculptural installation). Her work is included in private, public and corporate collections.


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