For Immediate Release: OCTOBER 27, 2008
Contact: Sarah Eberle/Ben Will
Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art is proud to present Nothing in Stone, a solo exhibition of sculpture, drawing and photography by Bruce Campbell.
Nothing in Stone is an exhibition examining the pliability of language and its affect on perception. Bruce Campbell has stamped, typed and digitized brief and absurd axioms onto and into objects and images creating multiple readings. A quip about the gap between perception and intention is engraved on a gold light bulb, while another phrase concerning secreted regret is shaved on the back of a head. Campbell’s precise pairings of objects with text stimulates the work to strive towards poetic heights. These seemingly benign phrases when associates with his deftly crafted objects, place the viewer into a state of questioning. Part diary excerpts, part socio-political yearnings, Campbell’s phrases point towards hazy narratives and idioms, which directly engage the viewer with his objects. Following the lineage of Ed Ruscha and Bruce Nauman, Campbell’s work further marks the continued use of language as a means within contemporary art practice.
Nothing in Stone gently reminds us that nothing is written in stone, even if it is engraved in gold.
Nothing in Stone opens on Thursday, November 13 with a private view with the artist from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibition features sculpture, mixed media and photography. The show closes on Saturday, December 20, 2008.