Vinyl, terror & Horror
Flæsketorvet 77 - 79
Vinyl, terror & Horror
Lanes of transparent neon colored mylar films, perforated grey nets, and neatly conducted paintbrush strokes, all assembled with the outmost precision in large collage paintings and installations. This is the universe of Ruth Campau, who for more than three decades, has been investigating and expanding the field of painting.
Campau’s art practice extends classical painting in the direction of more spatial, installational forms. She peels off all unnecessary layers and ends up with the essence of painting: the single brushstroke. There is a precision in the execution of her works. Placing every brushstroke or object demands the full attention and presence of the artist. It is a bodily performance in which intensity, rhythm and transformation is at the center.
Despite the fact that Campau in her works uses synthetic elements and objects, unfamiliar within the painting tradition, one is never in doubt that her works are man made, full of fragility, and intuitiveness, and driven by the curiosity towards exploring new materials.
Her effort in the execution is reflected in the experience of viewing her works. Just as creating the work requires the artist's time, presence and movement, so do the viewing process require the equivalent from the viewer, when looking at Campau's works. It is an unsteady, sensuous experience, where one has to move in all directions, in order to grasp the work in its entirety.
Ruth Campau was born in 1955, in Denmark. She lives and works in Copenhagen. Next to her artistic practice, Campau has been a member of artist collectives and societies and since 2013, a member of the Academy Council in Copenhagen. Her work has been exhibited widely both in Denmark and internationally, including exhibitions at ISCP, New York (USA); KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg; Ostrale, Dresden (DE); Co Lab, LA (USA); Overgaden, Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen (DK) Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg (DK) and Herning Art Museum, Herning (DK).
Her work is represented in the collections of Arken Museum of Modern Art, Esbjerg Art Museum and Malmö Art Museum. Ruth Campau is represented by Gether Contemporary in Copenhagen and Gallery Feldbusch Wiesner in Berlin.
Installation view, 'Chicago Mountains', Gether Contemporary, 2017
Detail, 'Chicago Mountains', 2017
Installation view, 'Cool, Calm & Collected', ARoS, 2017
Detail, 'Cool, Calm & Collected', ARoS, 2017
Ruth Campau, Dark matter, 168 x 117cm, 2015
Ruth Campau, Mars-Black, 195x150cm, 2015
Ruth Campau, Between The Past And The Coming, 2015
Ruth Campau, Between The Past And The Coming, 2015 (detail)
Ruth Campau, Silver Curtain, 154 x 108 cm, 2014
Ruth Campau, You Too Can Be a Superhero, 2010
Ruth Campau, Naphthol Red Light 419, 2001, 480 x 900 cm