Sunday, January 30, 2011
Of his 2008 Marianne Boesky (New York) show, famed critic, Jerry Saltz wrote of Neil Campbell’s work:
“Neil Campbell’s show at Marianne Boesky Gallery is rivetingly mysterious. Campbell paints black blips, circles and other shapes on the wall. That’s it. But his pitch-perfect way of blending architecture, placement on the wall, size and edges produces retinal and phenomenological power. Two black ovals painted at solar-plexus height make the room go rubbery and space wobble. The wall seems to disappear as you imagine you’re looking through the gallery into a parallel universe of dark matter. A nearby grid of dots is like a Mondrian in space. The black and yellow circles make one aware of the inconsistencies of vision, the little ghosts, floaters and halos that form when one looks intently at something. This piece doesn’t stop popping.
Campbell is revisiting older ideas and artists, and shades of Lawrence Weiner, James Turrell, Robert Irwin and Bridget Riley hang over this mesmerizing outing. But so does the spirit of something deeply committed, convincing and felt. Campbell’s show demonstrates that if you see only one good thing in a day of viewing, you’ve had a good day. That’s how strong powerful art is.”
Campbell is presenting a new wall mural at the Belkin Art Gallery, part of the group exhibition Faces opening January 14th.