I’m generally not a huge fan of installation/video art. So, when I try to explain the beauty of artist Jim Campbell’s work to my friends and family, I completely understand the instant look of disinterest. Yet, I don’t know a single person who has seen a piece of his in person or a YouTube clip online and not been instantly mesmerized. His pieces have the haunting presence of a Bill Viola video, but the ingenuity of eco-friendly machine built by a genius.
Campbell’s newest piece, “Exploded Views” in the atrium of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is no exception. I was disappointed when I missed his similar installation in Madison Square Garden in New York City. Luckily, Campbell has decided to recreate the magic for the next couple months in San Francisco. Watch this short clip above created by the museum of an interview with the artist and how this piece came to fruition.
*For more information on Jim Campbell and videos/image of his work, go to Hosfelt Gallery’s website.