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Charles Campbell | Jamaica

Born in 1970, in Jamaica,
Lives and works in Victoria, Canada
Engraving, painting, objects

My recent work explores the interstices between painting, sculpture and performance to create objects whose three dimensional image surfaces bend time and space to hold contradictory notions of our utopic aspirations and compromised freedoms. This work resulted from a desire to push the motifs inhabiting my painting into a more material form as well as an emerging interest in the play between the multitude of possible futures and the present. The result is a sculptural form that converts the facets of a geodesic dome into a set of intersecting images that speak of human subjugation and complicity.

Initially begun as gallery objects the most recent, Night Object, Dessalines SOE Transporter, works as a temporary presence in public spaces. By instigating interactions with individuals in socially charged spaces it becomes an alien attractor around which a culture performs itself.

The objects are condensations of a number of concerns that appear in my work. Both paintings and sculptures are similarly concerned with the interplay of image, pattern and symmetry and how these produce or defy the production of meaning. The use of heavily loaded imagery references embedded colonial and post-colonial narratives but also suggest other, more redemptive, possibilities. The objects can also be seen as direct responses to topical discussions; human traffic and migration in the case of the Transporter Series, and Trinidad’s 2011 State of Emergency in the case of the Night Object.

Charles Campbell holds a BFA from the Concordia University in Montréal, Canada and a MFA from the Goldsmiths College in London, UK (1999).

Charles Campbell is fellow of the Canada Council, he received a Production Grant (2011) and several Travel Grants (2004, 2005, 2009).

He was artist in residence at the Open Space in Victoria, Canada (2013) ; in Alice Yard in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (2011) and in the Gasworks Studios of London, UK (1997).

Individual shows by Charles Campbell

Transporter at the Open Space in Victoria, Canada (2013) ; Transporter at the Jameson Gallery of Duke University in Durham, USA (2011) ; Actor Boy at the Polychrome Fine Art in Victoria, Canada (2010) ; Perpetual Symetry at the Mutual Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica (2005) ; Real. Beauty at the Xchanges Gallery in Victoria, Canada (2004) and Black Horse at the Grosvenor Galleries in Kingston, Jamaica (1997).

Collective exhibitions

Contemporary Jamaican Art, circa1962 | circa2012 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canada (2012) ; Focus on the the Global Caribbean Landscape at the Fondation Clément in Martinique (2012), at the Little Haïti Cultural Center in Miami, USA (2011), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico (2010) and in Sète, France at the MIAM – Musée International des Arts Modestes (2009) ; Act 5 in Alice Yard, Trinidad & Tobago (2011) ; Wrestling with the image at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C., USA (2011) ; About Change at the HQ of the World Bank in Washington D.C., USA (2011) ; DiasporArt at Rideaux Hall in Ottawa, Canada (2009) ; Atlantis of Caraib at the Fondation Clément, Martinique (2008) ; Impulses of the Jamaican Soul at the ARTA Gallery in Toronto, Canada (2008) ; Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, USA (2007-2008) and Mastering Slavery at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica (2007).


Charles Campbell participated in the 10th Havana Biennial and in the 10th Cuenca Biennial, as well as in the Jamaican National Biennials and in the 3d Caribbean Biennial at the Museo de Arte Moderno of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1996).

Charles Campbell’s artworks are in the collections of the World Bank in Washington D.C., USA and of the Canada Council Art Bank of Ottawa, Canada.

Interview Exclusive de Charles Campbell

Charles Campbell a répondu aux questions d’Uprising Art à l’occasion de notre reportage exclusif sur la première édition de la BIAC, Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain de Martinique, qui se tient du 22 novembre 2013 au 15 janvier 2014 et dont le thème est “De la Résonance du Cri Littéraire dans les Arts Visuels“. A ce titre, Uprising effectue un reportage à la Martinique du 19 au 26 novembre et conduit une série d’interviews de l’équipe organisatrice, des commissaires invités, des artistes en résidence et des artistes exposant dans les Pavillons International et de la Martinique.

En novembre 2013, Charles Campbell nous présente sa série Transporter, évoque le moment particulier dans lequel se trouve l’art contemporain caribéen et enfin indique quels seront ses objectifs en tant que Curateur en Chef de la National Gallery of Jamaica à partir de janvier 2014. Lire plus

Artworks by the artist

Charles Campbell | Actor Boy III

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Charles Campbell | Actor Boy V

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Charles Campbell | Actor Boy Extensions

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Charles Campbell | Meditation Rack

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Charles Campbell | Flock / Flight 2

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Charles Campbell | Jamaican Icarus

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