Office Baroque is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Canadian artist Neil Campbell and American artist John Divola.
Neil Campbell’s work engages with physical space to affect our senses, producing both retinal and phenomenological experience. Working directly on the wall, his geometric imagery transforms architectural space in such a way that the viewer’s attention is directed to the act of perception. Campbell’s paintings adhere seamlessly to the wall. They are frameless, setting up no clear distinction between inside and outside, so that even when small they can control large walls, when large they can energise an entire room.
John Divola works in photography, describing himself as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific. For his Zuma series (1977-78), John Divola broke into an abandoned oceanside house in Zuma Beach that the Los Angeles Fire Department had once used as a training site. Over the course of this four-year project, Divola did not simply photograph the decay, he actively helped cultivate its ruin by rearranging, spray-painting and charring the surrounding walls, floors and ceilings. The viewer is left to contemplate the grandiose horizon from a derelict point of view.
Neil Campbell was born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1958 and currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. His work has appeared in group exhibitions at Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; Gladstone Gallery, New York; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris and MAGASIN, Grenoble. His work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and currently on view in the exhibition Field Guide at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon.
John Divola was born in Los Angeles, USA in 1949 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Maccarone, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Laura Bartlett Gallery, London; Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg and the Getty Center, Los Angeles. His work has appeared in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate, London.