Dredgers: Video Works by Peter Campus
A series of videos that looks like paintings with their saturated colors and pixelation. The works break down the observed landscape focusing on the effects of light and movement across various surfaces. You can see the videos here.
This group of videos is part of a continuing series that Campus began in 2008, overtly referencing the history of painting. An unrepentant formalist, Campus' pieces have a sophisticated sensibility and compositional clarity derived from great masters such as Cezanne, Corot and Rothko. Since his emergence in the seventies with the creation of classic video works and installations such as Kiva, Anamnesis, and Three Transitions, Campus has repeatedly investigated the nature of subjectivity. Early works were more narcissistic and Freudian in nature, focusing on individual identity and the shaping of the self. These new videos instead explore communal experience and cognition, and how and when we arrive at a shared understanding of the surrounding world. – Tierney Gardarin