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Jim Campbell, Exploded Flat 2, 2017, aluminum, LEDs, custom electronics, 48 x 72 x 4 1/2". Photo: David Stroud.

Jim Campbell

Hosfelt Gallery

Jim Campbell, Exploded Flat 2, 2017, aluminum, LEDs, custom electronics, 48 x 72 x 4 1/2". Photo: David Stroud.

The phenomenology of perception goes electronic in Jim Campbell’s work. His signature homemade, high-tech fabrications include LED projectors, multiple-exposure photographs, diffusion screens, and moving images superimposed with treated Plexiglas. Titled “Far Away Up Close,” this exhibition featured fifteen works from the past year that presented viewers with either too much visual data or not enough, laying bare the work involved in seeing.

Installed at the show’s entrance was Data Transformation 1, a video rear-projected by more than a thousand LED lights onto a translucent Plexiglas screen. The video shows a stream of shadowy grisaille figures emerging from the right side of the screen in a steady march toward the left. About midway across, the figures start to break up—an effect of Campbell’s screen design, which increases the spacing between the individual LEDs from right

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