San Francisco

Jim Campbell

Hosfelt Gallery

Jim Campbell was included in two recent Whitney Museum extravaganzas: the digitized “BitStreams” and the spiritualized 2002 Biennial. While these high-profile outings reflect a certain curator’s interest in his work, in combination they also demonstrate how Campbell’s electronic projects have overcome the stigma of his technological tools to elegantly address universal contemporary themes, namely, the now unavoidable intersection of subjective experience and machine. His exhibition at Hosfelt included a group of light-box works and two series of gridded LED displays, by now Campbell’s signature format, that serve his continuing exploration of how digital tools translate empirical information relating to the passage of time and the quantification of memory.

The main gallery featured “Motion & Rest,” a 2002 series of six wall-mounted works displaying looped footage of the shadowy forms of

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