Friday, December 1, 2023

Peter Campus: “myoptiks” | CARLOCINQUE GALLERY, Milan

CARLOCINQUE GALLERY is delighted to present “myoptiks” by Peter Campus, on display from October 3 to December 6, 2023.

Over the past two decades, Peter Campus, a pioneer in American video art, has devoted his work to capturing the extraordinary natural beauty of the southern coast of Long Island. All the works featured in the “myoptiks” exhibition were created in the vicinity of Bellport. There, the artist carefully positioned his camera in selected locations along the coast, recording hundreds of hours. In his video works, time unfolds, light transforms, and the air moves, gradually capturing the subtle changes in the landscape. There is no sudden revelation; instead, small changes over time accumulate, creating a unique visual experience.

Peter Campus
Peter Campus: “myoptiks” | CARLOCINQUE GALLERY

In this series of works, Peter Campus draws inspiration from the artistic philosophy of Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy, a Ceylonese metaphysician who served as the curator of Indian art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from 1917 to 1947. Paraphrasing Coomaraswamy’s concepts, Campus emphasizes that while contemporary art often captures a moment in time, a more meditative art seeks to represent a continuous condition, approaching the “Tao” or the very source of things.

Peter Campus’s art skillfully leverages the gap between human perception, the camera’s recording, and the artist’s vision. This project showcases Campus’s mastery as a video artist and his ability to capture the subtle and ever-evolving beauty of nature through a contemporary and meditative lens. Campus’s works invite viewers to contemplate the intrinsic beauty of reality and its connection to the essence of things.

The “myoptiks” exhibition highlights Peter Campus’s ability to challenge perception and make us reflect on the relationship between what we see, what a camera can capture, and what an artist brings to the forefront.

Peter Campus
Peter Campus: “myoptiks” | CARLOCINQUE GALLERY

Campus’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (NY), the Parrish Art Museum (NY), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin), the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), the Walker Art Center (MN), the Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), and the Tate Modern (London).

His studio is based in Long Island, NY, where he continues to explore new artistic horizons, enchanting the audience with his unique vision of contemporary art.

About Peter Campus

Peter Campus
Peter Campus

Born in New York on May 19, 1937, Peter Campus is a contemporary artist renowned for his prolific career in the visual arts, with a particular emphasis on video art and photography.

Campus studied at Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology, and later at The City College Film Institute in New York.

In the 1970s, he began experimenting with video technology, becoming one of the pioneers of video art. His works often involve the interaction between the observer and the artwork, challenging the traditional artistic conventions of the time and exploring the boundaries of visual perception. Read more

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