Past Exhibitions

Anna Campbell: Apparatus for a Dream Sequence

Anna Campbell
mirror ball, antique steel high chair
1’w x 1’d x 3’h
Nature, mirror ball, antique steel high chair, 1’w x 1’d x 3’h, 2013

The University Art Gallery will open the 2017-2018 exhibition season with Anna Campbell’s Apparatus for a Dream Sequence, an exhibition of sculpture that takes familiar objects and materials and presents them in unfamiliar ways. Ordinary objects are appropriated and abstracted - made queer - and used to generate new meanings and “new attachments of possibility and desire.” Materials and objects become metaphor. Pragmatic materials preclude finished or closed meanings, and the difficulties and artifice of gender performances of all kinds are laid bare.

Anna Campbell pursues a queer art practice, making use of the strategies of appropriation, abstraction and resignification to undermine symbols of gender- and heteronormativity, and to construct queer forms and alternate stories about desire. Campbell earned her BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She exhibits widely, including recent solo exhibitions at BOSI Contemporary, New York, TRACTIONARTS in LA, and the Window Into Houston at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Texas. Her group exhibitions this year include shows at the DAC Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, at Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, at Green Gallery, Yale, New Haven, CT and at the International Institute of Contemporary Art and Theory, Mangalia, Romania. Campbell has been an artist in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, NY. Campbell is a 2016-2017 Queer | Art | Mentorship Fellow. She divides her time between New York and Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches sculpture, installation and curation as Associate Professor in the Art & Design Department at Grand Valley State University.


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