Beth Campbell’s Platform installation “dah-dah-dah-dah-dit, dah dah-dah-dah, di-di-di-di-dit” presented at The Armory Show, Pier 92, merges two realities: a coincidence of possible moments in the expansion of our modern communication. Platform’s curator Jen Mergel states:
„Campbell stages an immersive installation that intersects scenes from two “preinternet” histories where women controlled the message. 19th-century furniture from a telegraph switchboard collides with an office set from the 1980 movie 9-to-5, in which a female trio abducts their sexist boss and runs the business. Titled “nine to five” in Morse code, Campbell’s work wrinkles time as an echo to our present.“
Beth Campbell (b. 1971 in Dwight, IL) is known for her drawings, sculpture, and architectural interventions often involving multiplicity, duplication and mirroring. Beth Campbell choreographs spaces, crafts uncanny objects, and maps future thoughts. Perception, subjectivity and the beingness of objects are the core themes of her works. More recent works merge a complex matrix of past and future as well as the innersubjectivity and interobjectivity of experience.
In addition to the new installation “dah-dah-dah-dah-dit, dah dah-dah-dah, di-di-di-di-dit”, Campbell presents new drawings and collages, exploring this same regress and progress of past and future contained in objects, events and experiences. Similar to her previous series focusing on possible future, the new works on paper merge fractured histories into alternative realities, presenting timelines that move both forward and backward.
In 2017 the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presented a solo survey of Campbell’s work (cat.). Prior solo projects include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Public Art Fund. Additionally she participated in various national and international museums and galleries including Manifesta 7- Trento, Italy, Carnegie Museum of Art, Greater NY- PS1 Contemporary Art Center, USA, Mercosul Biennial- Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ok Center for Contemporary Art- Linz, Austria, and Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany (cat.). Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Minneapolis Institute of Art. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Memorial Fellowship, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Beth Campbell had two shows in the gallery (2008 and 2014).