Beth Campbell, Endless Outcomes, 2017
Beth Campbell, Endless Outcomes, 2017
Endless Outcomes, 2017
Abaca, pigmented linen and cotton on handmade paper
Variable edition: 35
Base sheet: 18 x 14.75 inches
Paper: Grey, String: Black (6 Available)
Paper: Grey, String: White (1 Available)
Paper: Grey, String: Black, black & white striped (4 Available)
Paper: Sand, String: White (5 Available)
Paper: Sand, String: White, pink, red & white striped (2 Available)
Paper: Sand, String: White, red & white striped (1 Available)
Paper: Sand, String: Orange & pink (5 Available)
Paper: Orange, String: White (1 Available)
Paper: Orange, String: White, red & white striped (3 Available)
Paper: Orange, String: White, orange, red & white striped (1 Available)
Paper: Orange, String: Orange (4 Available)
Dieu Donné is pleased to prevent the newest PAPER VARIABLES collaboration with Beth Campbell, an artist whose practice ranges from drawing to sculpture to installation projects. In her variable edition, Endless Outcomes, Campbell developed an "arrested mobile" using handmade paper. The variable edition incorporates embedded strings and shaped color components encapsulated between a colored base sheet and a translucent abaca paper overlay.
Campbell's reference to the mobile stems from her exploration of stream of consciousness, and her method of illustrating the ways in which everyday hypotheticals and life choices shape our trajectories, and ultimately our personal human outcomes. Beginning with the now acclaimed series My Potential Future Based on Present Circumstances, Campbell used pencil and paper—combined with a good amount of humor—to illustrate her personal monologues. Each choice she faced was written out (i.e. "upcoming studio visit with curator") as well as the potential outcomes (i.e. "studio visit goes well" or "studio visit goes bad"). Choices presented ranged from the professional, to the personal (i.e. "Peter and I deciding to move in together"), to the everyday ("cat runs away"). The outcomes of each presented the next potential options, each of the two leading to four, and so on, until a web of possible paths created something akin to a board game which allowed the "player" to follow routes of choices and outcomes. These drawings emulated the framework of mobiles in that they stemmed from a core point—her first hypothetical—and connected each sequence of outcomes through an "armature" or the drawing line. In 2009 Campbell began posing these mental exercises in the form of sculpture, and her Mobiles series began to unfold as large steel and bent wire sculptures which took the form of chandeliers or tree-root systems. These larger than life sculptures abstracted the process and allowed the viewer to dramatically engage with the movement and shadows of the works.
Bringing this imagery to the papermaking process similarly required a number of "moves" and a finely sequenced order of making. The Artist selected color and string combinations embracing the variable intent of this program. She then laid each string composition meticulously by hand in the wet base sheets of paper. Working together with Studio Collaborator Amy Jacobs, shaped deckles were used to create the colored mobile components, which were then laid into the wet composition. Finally, a translucent sheet of abaca paper was applied, promoting unique aspects of the paper making process and enabling a contrast between the portion of the work that is determined, and the strings which extend below the plane and are as yet unknown possibilities.
Beth Campbell (b. 1971) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The artist received her BFA from Truman State University and an MFA from Ohio University. She has exhibited solo shows at various institutions including Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel, CH (2014), Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY (2012), The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH (2010), Nicole Klagburn Gallery, New York, NY (2000), and also presented a solo project at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY from 2007-2009. Her recent solo exhibition, and first museum survey, My Potential Future Past was on view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum from March - September 2017.
Paper Variables is an opportunity to collect art by renowned contemporary artists at an affordable price while making an important contribution to the creation of new work in handmade paper. Paper Variables projects incorporate the unique “wet studio” processes that are available to artists at Dieu Donné. Embracing the egalitarian spirit of the traditional edition, this artist-driven series produces new works in collaboration with our studio staff, featuring unique touches of the artist’s hand. Each year, artists work in collaboration with our studio staff to create dynamic new works for this series.