In 1978, campus devoted his time entirely to outdoors photography, working with nature as his subject. When he returned to video in 1996 after an extended hiatus, the medium had become digital and the equipment much lighter. His video productions from this period are intimate and poetic, yet still as experimental as the earlier work. In 2007, he began creating videographs of landscapes around his familiar environment of Long Island composed of static, unedited shots. campus’ treatment of the images, at the level of the pixel, creates a certain degree of abstraction, engaging the viewer in new exercises in perception and interpretation. His intense connection to site and his attention to light, color and framing may best be seen in his most recent work. Filmed in a natural setting in 4K, ultra-high-definition, the visitor’s gaze intersects with the sensibility and emotion of the artist’s vision.
A special screening of peter campus’ Head of a Sad Young Woman, 1976-77, will be on view throughout the month of March in Times Square as part of the Midnight Moment exhibition program organized by the Times Square Alliance.
peter campus: video ergo sum is curated by Anne-Marie Duguet, and organized by Jeu de Paume, Paris, with the participation of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Cristin Tierney Gallery, Anonymous, Karen and Steven Shapiro, Clarice Oliviera Tavares, John and Barbara Vogelstein, Marieluise Hessel, and the Director's Circle, the Museum's premier support group.