Peter Campus

By Degrees

January 8 – February 7, 1998
534 W 21st Street

The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to announce an important exhibition of recent work in video by Peter Campus. Simultaneously on view will be an exhibition of selected sculpture and early woodcut prints by Donald Judd.

Peter Campus began working with video in 1971 and is recognized as one of the seminal figures in the development of the medium as an art form. From 1971 until 1978, when he began working solely in photography, Campus produced influential videos that sought to redefine the ways in which natural phenomena are experienced. Presented either on a single monitor or in complex multi-faceted large-scale installations, Campus’ videos were uniformly concerned with perceptions of time, space and form as well as an examination of the role of the viewer, specifically through his groundbreaking use of interactive video. Since 1978, Campus has produced photographs of nature and landscape in which subject matter, technique and content are integrally wound. Like the earlier video work, these exquisitely detailed and formally concise images are at once narrative and introspective, dramatic and subdued–revealing of the artist’s interior state of being.

This exhibition marks Campus’ return to working in video after a twenty year hiatus. Consisting of six individual yet related works, the exhibition continues to use nature and landscape to explore Campus’ interior psychology. Each work has been produced as a five to eight minute color video that has been subject to computerized editing that alters, distorts and exaggerates color and pacing. Each will be presented on a single monitor placed on a specially fabricated table with accompanying chair. Filmed over eleven months beginning in January 1997, these works chart journeys–both peopled and unpeopled–through different landscapes in Maine, Long Island, and upstate New York.

In the front gallery, a selection of color woodcuts by Donald Judd will be presented. The prints, produced between 1960 and 1962 and published in 1978, relate to Judd’s paintings and sculptures of the period: spare, richly colored, dense and purely abstract. Three wall sculptures- in wood, copper, and galvanized metal- will be on view in the adjacent gallery.

For more information, please contact the gallery: (212) 255-1105 or info@paulacoopergallery.com