2017 Season II
Artist Statement/ Biography
Campbell's work is inspired through years of travel and an empirical interest in anthropology. Central themes assimilate and erode through the passage of time as the work orbits issues of political, social, cultural and environmental significance. Moving from an era of technology evolution into one of technology revolution Campbell explores the potential impact that could have on our daily lives. In the LA@Manhattan Project (working title) Campbell uses elements of the creative process inherent within art as a method to examine the possible impact rapid technological change is having on individuals and societies. Rather than a finished object to be hung on a wall or placed in a museum archive the process gives participants in the project express permission to generate conversation, questions and ideas. To contextualize the future and empower themselves during tumultuous change as technology outpaces existing social, economic and political frameworks.---
Sean Campbell received an M.A. from the University of Ulster in 1995. He won the RMA original vision prize at the RUA 130th Annual Exhibition, for Sentinel (Belfast, Lego) and Sculpture in Context Award for Sentinel (Botanic). His work is held in Public collections including National Museum of Ireland, OPW (Ireland), Arts Council Northern Ireland (UK), Shanghai Science Library (China) Gangtai Art Museum of Shanghai, (China), Irish Embassy (Beijing), Irish Consulate (Shanghai) and private collections worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include Memories of a Place I Have Never Seen, (UK) and The Sentinel Project, Christ Church Cathedral, (Ireland). Major public artworks include Between the Known and the Unknown (Ireland), Arc (UK) and Passage of Time (UK).
Sean's three-month residency is sponsored the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.