San Francisco

Jim Campbell

Hosfelt Gallery

Though much current art purports to confront the “liminal,” Jim Campbell’s wall-mounted electronic works successfully address this state in more ways than one. Campbell’s dual professions—computer-hardware engineer and internationally recognized artist—place him at the threshold (or limen) between two profoundly different worlds. Pursued from this unusual viewpoint, his continuing investigation of extremely low-resolution imagery functions as an exploration of the furthest margins of visual perception, revealing how much—or how little—information is required for comprehension.

For several years, Campbell has been experimenting with feeding a digital-video signal through a chip that controls a rectangular field of LEDs, sometimes placing translucent Plexiglas in front of the tiny lights to create a screen on which the moving image may be seen. In Bus Stop, 2003, the artist arrives at a new

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