New Exhibition: Vantar | Missing

April 10th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

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Inconstant Water

April 4th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink


I’m delighted to announce the publication of a new collaboration with the printer Roni Gross. Inconstant Water examines the art of travel across the sea, with particular reference to the carved wooden maps of Anmassalik. Inconstant Water was commissioned for Voyage Boxed, a project co-ordinated by Imi Maufe and Rona Rangsch.

Stories of sea journeys mesmerize readers with images of longing, discoveries, hardship and survival, of determination and being lost, of the width of the open sea, the magic of foreign destinations; they tell us how men and women face up to the elements of wind and water, how they defeat them or are defeated. But how and why do contemporary artists access the theme of sea journeys, what are their motivations and intentions, and which modes of expression do they employ?

The exhibition Voyage: sea journeys, island hopping and trans-oceanic concepts was held at Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany in 2013, curated by Maufe and Rangsch. Voyage, purposefully shown in a land-locked city, brought together artists whose works explored the theme in often subtle and less obvious ways than one would expect. The curators wanted Voyage to tour, and so they commissioned Voyage Boxed: ‘a creative answer to the issues involved with touring exhibitions.’ This miniature version of the exhibition is reminiscent of the ‘ditty boxes’, containers in which sailors on long sea voyages kept their precious belongings, and which Scottish artist John Cumming pays tribute to in his work.

Voyage Boxed aims to represent the original exhibition as a multiple edition in a format of just 14.8x 14.8cm. The box includes a collection of artworks by 16 of the Voyage artists and the two artist-curators, and the original exhibition catalogue. Voyage Boxed has been produced as a limited edition of 50, with each artist receiving two copies.
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Contributing artists:
 Peter Bennett (UK), Nancy Campbell (UK) with Roni Gross (USA), John Cumming (UK), David Faithfull (UK), Andrew Friend (UK), Lutz Fritsch (DE), Matthew Herring (UK), 
Gunnar Jonsson (IS), Simon Le Ruez (UK/DE) David Lilburn (IR), Imi Maufe (UK/NO), 
Rona Rangsch (DE), Ding Ren (USA), Aslak Gurholt Rønsen (NO), Ian Stephen with Christine Morrison (UK), Jeff Talman (USA), Sally Waterman (UK), 
and Philippa Wood (UK).

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Scott’s Negatives

March 14th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

scott03_2849260cBritish Antarctic Expedition 1910-13: Ponies on the march, Great Ice Barrier,
2 December 1911
(Robert Falcon Scott/Scott Polar Research Institute)

Readers who share my interest in the polar regions may have heard that the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge has launched a campaign to purchase 113 negatives from Scott’s Antarctic Expedition. If SPRI are able to raise £275,000 by 25 March, the negatives will join an outstanding picture library. A full report can be read in The Telegraph and there’s more on the campaign at the Polar Museum homepage.

Spring! New Events and Exhibitions

March 12th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

плакат А3Preparations continue for my solo exhibition of new work in Oxford in May… meanwhile some past projects will be on show in a number of group exhibitions during the spring.

If you are in Moscow, my work can be seen in Artists’ Books in the UK and Russia in the State Historical, Architectural, Art & Landscape Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno between 13 March and 18 May.

In Bristol, one of my first and favourite works, After Light (made in 2008 in collaboration with photographer Paula Naughton) can be seen in a celebration of the artists books collective AM Bruno in AM Bruno 2008-2014, Tom Trusky Exhibition Cases Centre forFine Print Research, between 3 March and 14 April.

In New York, my poems will be on show in The Night Hunter and Tikilluarit, two books conceived by the remarkable printer Roni Gross, exhibited at The Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair on 5 and 6 April. Look out for the Z’roah Press stand.

Taking a little bit of Denmark to Minnesota, my book Doverodde will appear in Fluxjob, an exhibition at the MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery, from 7 February to 6 March. Being a great admirer of John Cage I wish I could get over to Minnesota to see the related show, Cage, on the role of musicians and composers in the Fluxus movement.

Spring has also seen a few poets emerging to read. Last Friday I had a wonderful evening reading with Grażyna Wojcieszko and Sarah Luczaj at The Albion Beatnik Bookshop in Oxford, and on Thursday 13 March I’ll be reading with the fine poet Laressa Dickey (also published by MIEL editions) at Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham as part of the city’s States of Independence Festival.

An Arctic Alphabet

February 10th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink


My award-winning artist’s book How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet has just been published by MIEL editions.

‘In this beautiful publication Campbell magically manages to evoke the icy North through the warmth and power of the Greenlandic language. Exquisite pochoir prints sit alongside hand-printed type – a perfect marriage between image and text.’ — Emma Stibbon RA

“a book that is not only beautiful but full of joy, love & quiet intensity”
— Oliver Clarke, Collinge & Clark Books

Further details, including how to order a copy, can be found here.

I’ve written a short essay on ice and language in the arctic which appears on the MIEL blog.

Vantar / Missing

January 18th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

vantarAMy new print series Vantar / Missing has just come off the press at Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol.

The series of six diptychs record the transitory fields of mountain snow cover and domestic linen over one winter in Siglufjörður, Iceland. The photographs were taken during a residency at Siglufjörður in 2012.

Missing (‘Vantar’ in Icelandic) can refer both to a lost object or person and the experience of loss.

Avalanches caused 193 deaths in Iceland during the twentieth century. It was not until 1999 that avalanche defences were built around the northern town of Siglufjörður. Stóri-boli (Big bull) and Litli-boli (Little bull) wind around the mountains just above the town’s highest buildings. This barely perceptible human intervention divides the town from the mountain wilderness.

Vantar / Missing will be exhibited at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in May this year.

New Publication!

January 6th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

AHow To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet will be available in a new edition published by MIEL Editions in January 2014.

Established in 2010, MIEL ‘publishes poetry, short prose, photographs and prints in forms that bridge the gap between the artist’s book and the trade edition’. Based in Ghent, the team behind MIEL are also responsible for the wonderful 1110 magazine.

Those who found the price of the original artist’s book too steep for their pockets will be able to secure their own copy for just €15.

How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic will be released in time for Valentine’s Day – but the edition is limited to 175 copies. Pre-order your copy here!

Borrowed Bookshelves 11

January 4th, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink

Lloyd Hotel

Library of the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Borrowed Bookshelves 10

January 3rd, 2014 § Comments Off § permalink



Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam/ Amsterdam Public Library, the Netherlands

I See You Everywhere

December 28th, 2013 § Comments Off § permalink

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I am curating two exhibitions to celebrate 25 years of limited editions issued by Zitouna, an imprint run by the artist Roni Gross in New York. Since 1989 Zitouna has produced a limited edition object for Valentine’s Day and Hallowe’en every year. The Zitouna projects divide themselves between the themes of love and death, whether it be the mating of toothbrushes or the alchemy of a person’s life. For an advance preview of some of the works on show, click here.

The first exhibition, I See You Everywhere: Works From Zitouna Press Over 25 Years, will show at the Arnolfini Reading Room in Bristol from 1 February until 2 March 2014. This will present a survey of works made for Valentine’s Day.

The second exhibition, They Cast No Shadows: Works From Zitouna Press Over 25 Years, comprising the Hallowe’en editions, will show at the Special Collections of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England during October 2014.