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Olin Hall Showcases Unique Artist


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Roanoke College’s Olin Gallery and Hollins University’s Eleanor D. Wilson Museum open their dual exhibition of Jim Campbell: In the Repose of Memory on Thur. Sept. 16. Olin Theatre hosts an artist lecture at 5:30 p.m. and Eleanor D. Wilson hosts a reception at 7:00 p.m. The exhibitions will remain open from Sept. 16 through Dec. 4.

For the first time, Roanoke, Va. hosts internationally renowned electronic media artist, Jim Campbell. Campbell uses innovative technologies of information transfer and storage to produce photographs and moving images which defy comprehension. By using pixilated images in low resolution on grids of L.E.D lights, he creates images which invoke the viewer’s ability to fill in the gaps of abstract ideas in order to create a complete concept. In these images he explores the depth of human perception, memory and measurement of time.

Campbell is a 1978 Alumnus from MIT. He obtained degrees in Mathematics and Engineering; he now holds over twenty patents in the field of engineering. After graduation he worked with film making, but transitioned to interactive video installations in the mid-1980s. Since 1999 he has been working with L.E.D technology. Within this field of art he explores the differentiation of an analogue world to its digital representation. This distinction provides a metaphor of poetic understanding compared to mathematical data. His creativity has bridged the gap between traditional and modern art with a juxtaposition of the interaction of technical and implied, observing versus comprehension.

He has also received numerous grants and awards such as the Rockefeller Grant in Multimedia, three grants from the Langlois Foundation, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Additionally his works have been exhibited in well-known museums such as, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

In addition to Campbell’s exhibition on campus, Olin Gallery will host a New Acquisitions exhibit in Smoyer Gallery from Sept. 16 through Oct. 15. This exhibit will showcase RC’s permanent collection of art from well known artists such as: Paul Chan, Tom Otterness, Hunt Slonem, and Fred Tomaselli.