Beth Campbell, “Spontaneous future(s), Possible past” (Sculpture)

Beth Campbell, “Spontaneous future(s), Possible past” (Sculpture)

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Beth Campbell, Spontaneous future(s), Possible past, 2019.

American, born 1971

Delicately charting the human condition with all the gravity and humor of real life, Beth Campbell’s drawing and mobile for the Dell Medical School reveals the interconnectedness of shared experience. The site-specific commission Spontaneous future(s), Possible past is rooted in Campbell’s ongoing drawing series begun in 1999—My Potential Future Based on Present Circumstances. The series draws upon the artist’s interest in rhizomatic structures, circuit boards, and early virtual worlds in order to map imagined futures or parallel lives. Her text-based drawing for Landmarks, the first that Campbell has made in this series in a decade, draws parallels to spontaneous future cognition, a newly developing branch of cognitive psychology that explores the random and involuntary thoughts that individuals have about their future.

This mobile extends the companion drawing of the same name also on view at Dell Medical School into three-dimensional space, expanding her thought process and hypothetical considerations into repeated forms that mirror one another like speculative visualizations of possibility. Referred to by the artist as a “[drawing] in space,” the mobiles are made by forging steel wires by hand. They mimic the twists and turns of complex structures such as the human nervous system, an arboreal root system, or social networks.

  • <p>Beth Campbell, Spontaneous future(s), Possible past, 2019. Photo by Christina Murrey.</p>
  • <p>Beth Campbell, Spontaneous future(s), Possible past, 2019.  Photo by Paul Bardagjy.</p>

Location: Health Transformation Building (HTB)

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