Ever Your Friend: Instant Scale, 2016
portfolio of twenty-four laser-cut images on paper collected in an archival box with masonite insert and ribbon pull
each sheet: 3 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in.;
box: 4 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. x 1 1/2 in.
Ever Your Friend: Instant Scale presents a collection of images abstracted from the photo collection of the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn, NY. Compiled during a month in residence at the Archive, artist Anna Campbell has modified the images, isolating only hands, bare arms, and any objects they may hold. Campbell's selective editing prompts the viewer to fill in the gaps. The images are intimately-scaled to match the dimensions of a classic SX-70 Polaroid photograph; a horizontal cut underscores the space of the SX-70's film's heavy bottom margin. With signed and numbered laser-engraved edition sheet
Using sculpture and site-specific installation interwoven with video projection, Anna Campbell's work deconstructs otherwise clearly legible signifiers of masculinity and heteronormativity in the service of illustrating alternate histories of attachment and desire. Campbell maintains an active exhibition record including solo exhibits at BOSI Contemporary in New York, Tractionarts in LA, and the Window Into Houston at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston, Texas, as well as group exhibits at Seoul National University of Science and Technology in South Korea, Queens College Art Center in New York, and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. She earned a BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Campbell teaches sculpture, installation and curation as Associate Professor in the Art & Design Department at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.