White Room: Anthony CampuzanoJune 17–July 23, 2005 320 West 13th Street
White Columns is pleased to present the first New York exhibition by the Philadelphia-based artist Anthony Campuzano. Working primarily with language, Campuzano’s works – often densely layered, elaborate drawings – explore the thresholds of history, politics, literature, and popular culture, with a view to – in the artist’s words: “slowing down the daily flow of information, and putting a magnifying glass on it.” Central to his White Room exhibition will be Campuzano’s most expansive work to date: Portrait of Mae Brussell, 2005, a twelve panel drawing that explores the entwined lives of Brussell – the celebrated anti-fascist, broadcaster and I. Magnin heiress – and Lee Harvey Oswald. (Brussell had attempted to track down Oswald’s every last utterance – in an attempt to present a more complete picture of the circumstances of both Oswald’s life/death and the Kennedy assassination.) The work, in its twelve parts, adopts a format inspired by Campuzano’s exposure to Barnett Newman’s Stations of the Cross in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Like Robert Smithson’s 1966 drawing A Heap of Language, Campuzano’s works collapse and fragment conventional narratives, preferring instead less defined and more porous readings.
Anthony Campuzano lives and works in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia; Harvard University, Carpenter Center, Cambridge, MA; @HaNNA, Tokyo; and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL. In 2004 he had a solo exhibition at The Players Club of Swarthmore, PA, in conjunction with their stage presentation of “The Bad Seed.” Campuzano received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art, in 2000, and participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000