Monday, April 20, 2009

Cath Campbell: "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", Open Space 2009 - Art Cologne

Workplace Gallery Presents:

Cath Campbell

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

Open Space 2009 - Art Cologne

21st - 26th April 2009

Hall 11.3/A/30

Vernissage: Tuesday 21st April 2009, 5-9pm

For Open Space at Art Cologne 2009 Workplace Gallery presents a solo project
by Cath Campbell. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover consists of fifty proposed
interventions into the designed exhibition architecture particular to Open
Space. By dismantling, manipulating and reconfiguring the fabric of the
existing Messe architecture, Campbell proposes a series of works that
directly disrupts and undermines the expected form of the exhibition booth.
Through a process of discussion with Workplace Gallery and Open Space,
proposal No. 48 (below) has been selected and realised. The remaining 49
proposals have been documented and presented alongside as a publication and
single channel video work. We will also be showing _Islands In The Stream_ a
new drawing made by Campbell for Art Cologne. Continuing her research into
imaginary architectures, Campbell’s delicate graphite drawing has been
meticulously constructed through a two - point perspective system and then
cut away with surgical precision leaving behind a fragile architectural
palimpsest that floats, part object, part drawing and part-empty space, in
its frame.

Cath Campbell’s practice is dominated by an ongoing enquiry into the status,
meaning and fabric of architecture. Taking Modernism as a point of departure
Campbell re-appropriates architectural imagery from memory or imagination to
create works that reinvent our associations with the built environment.
Drawing, sculpture and large-scale installations combine to create a world
of make-believe spaces inspired by encounters with plans for actual places
that are closed off or inaccessible. Campbell often works closely with
architects, engineers and fabricators to create large-scale interventions
that make use of the materials and forms intrinsic to a building. In this
sense, Campbell’s work often bears subversive implications, which subtly
jibe at the conventions of public art. Rather than adding a new object to a
given environment, she distorts or reorders existing structures in a way
that enables a shift of both meaning and space.

Cath Campbell was born in 1972 in Ilkeston, UK, she lives and works in
Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

For all enquiries please contact or call
+44(0)191 4772200


(Top): 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - No 19. (Detail), Cath Campbell,
2009, Photograph, Dimensions Variable.
Middle: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - No 48. (Detail), Cath Campbell,
2009, Photograph, Dimensions Variable.
Bottom: All I Need Is The Air That You Breathe - Part 7 (Detail) Cath
Campbell, 2006, Graphite on Paper, 45 x 61 cm

All Images Copyright the artist, Courtesy of the artist and Workplace
Gallery, UK