September 4-October 17, 2013
Artist’s Reception: October 16, 4:30-6:30 pm
Artist’s Talk: October 16: TBA
Terrence Campagna’s exhibition On the Surface of the Midwest: Recent Field Work is comprised of large wall hangings made from materials the artist finds in his surroundings, usually as he is walking. Sometimes he takes cross-country walks to generate his artwork. But he often finds materials during his daily walks through the neighborhoods where he lives. “I bring what I find back to my studio and start to slowly join together and edit my findings. What’s important to me about walking is how it can root me in my body and connects me to place. When I walk my feet are touching the ground. I’m breathing in the changing air and feeling the light enter my eyes and skin. Visually, I’m taking in all the textures in my surroundings and I’m listening to whatever may be going on around and within me. I’m also intuitively feeling out what direction I want to go and where I want to stop to listen or what I’m drawn to collect and take back to the workshop.”
Campagna’s hangings are large with complex patterns that resemble weavings or quilts. They have a surprising beauty considering the fact that they are made of weathered and dirtied castoff detritus.
For Campagna, walking is less about getting somewhere by foot, and more about being present and feeling his body in a place, actually touching the world around him. “It turns out that the way we have been building our world–both the so called built environment and our rural environment-does not exactly invite this kind of embodied presence. Instead, we have designed the world to be moved through in a hurry, getting us from one place to another, most often in a car. But I still like to bring an embodied presence to this kind of landscape. Much of the work in this exhibition emerged from what I encounter while opening myself to the possibilities that exist on streets, roadways, parking lots, and on marginal or overlooked pieces of land.”
Campagna’s wall hangings will be shown along with field letters and maps, as well as photographic and video works made during his walks. Visit Campagna’s fascinating webpage.
UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Art and Humanities.
Gallery Hours: Weekdays 9 am -4 pm. Galleries are open 30 minutes before performances in the Rita.