Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell explores the limits of visual perception by widely separating individual pixels of moving images. The brain, we find, will synthesize these bits of light-information into coherent narrative, even when given the most minimal amounts of information. Campbell has made a series of curtain-like works that use individual pixels to project found home movies onto white walls. For NEAT he presents a new work that offers an innovation: the mural-scale pixelized projection is augmented by a number of strategically placed pixels that extend the moving image to adjoining walls. This creates a sense of almost three dimensional, inclusive space to the piece, as the visual ellipsis—the gap between pixels—is pushed even further apart and onto perpendicular walls.


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1956 Chicago, IL

San Francisco, CA

1978 Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

2015 Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, Spain
2014 Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong, China
2014 Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
2013 Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PN
2011 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2011 Hosfelt Gallery, New York City, NY
2010 Madison Square Park, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York City, NY
2007 Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
2005 SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2004 American Museum of the Moving Image, New York City, NY
2002 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
2000 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1997 InterCommunication Centre Biennale, Tokyo, Japan
1996 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1994 The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1993 International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
1990 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Fifteenth Anniversary Show, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

de Young Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Newark Museum
Museum of Modern Art
University of California Berkeley Art Museum

2003-2004 Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts
2000 Ars Electronica Honorable Mention for Interactive Art
1999-2000 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship Award in Multimedia
1999-2001 Fleishhaker Foundation Eureka Fellowship Award
1998 Ars Electronica Honorable Mention for Interactive Art
1996 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award