People Like Us: The Gossip of Colin Campbell
Organized and circulated by Oakville Galleries, and made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage; Curated by Jon Davies
14 November 2011 – 29 January 2012
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People Like Us is the first major exhibition of the groundbreaking video artist’s work since his death in 2001. The exhibition surveys Colin Campbell’s illustrious career, from such early tapes as Sackville, I’m Yours… (1972), which features Campbell as the beguiling fictional persona “Art Star,” to his final work, Que Sera Sera (2001).
Campbell’s life and artistic practice derived inspiration from and through gossip. Through videotape, he gossiped with and about his real social circle while creating a new, fictional, cast of characters. Boundaries of truth and falsity concerned him even less than did conventional ideas of screen acting and narrative closure. His homespun tapes are a perverse collage of tall tales, rumours, conversations and daydreams gleaned from his everyday life. Ironic, irreverent and ambiguous, Campbell’s tapes demonstrate how reality can be manipulated and invented to reflect one’s desires.