Joyce Campbell – Californian Fan Palm

Winning Bid: $2,800.00

Joyce Campbell
Californian Fan Palm, 2008
Gelatin Silver fiber-based print (from Ambrotype). 600 x 400 mm

“Crown Coach Botanical” is a series of twenty-eight photographs comprising a botanical survey of a polluted industrial Brownfield in downtown Los Angeles, previously the site of the Crown Coach School Bus manufacturing facility. The wet-plate negatives were poured, sensitised and developed in a field darkroom in the back of a truck using nineteenth century technology. The series is part of a larger LA Botanical project, massive and perhaps unachievable in its full potential scope, to document each plant that grows in Los Angeles for which there is a documented use – be it food, medicine, weapon, abortive, analgesic, fuel, stimulant, building material, deadly toxin or mind altering entheogen. The Series operates simultaneously as map, inventory, and survival guide to the city of Los Angeles. It has the potential to reveal who lives there, from where they originate, what they value, how they eat, worship, heal, harm, travel, clothe themselves, seek insight or achieve oblivion. Specialist valuation NZ$4,000.00


Artist Bio:

Joyce Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist based in Auckland, graduating with MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland (1999). She has taught and worked in Southern California and Auckland and has undertaken a residency in Antarctica (2006). Her work utilizes anachronistic photographic techniques, such as the daguerreotype and ambrotype, as well as conventional analogue, digital photography, and film to examine the collision of natural and cultural systems. Campbell’s interest in biological and physical systems has led to works documenting the incremental emergence of complex form, be that of a microbial colony, crystals in the process of formation, the migration of glaciers into the ocean, or of silver from an electrode dispersing into colloidal suspension. Campbell has participated in numerous exhibitions internationally including The Future is already here- it’s just not evenly distributed: The 20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2016), Heavenly Bodies, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (2014), Te Taniwha/Crown Coach, Nichols Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA September (2012), In 2019 the major survey exhibition On The Last Afternoon: Disrupted Ecologies and the work of Joyce Campbell curated by John Welchman opened at The Adam Art Gallery in Wellington. More info via Two Rooms Gallery 

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Highest bidder was: j***t

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
j***t October 3, 2020 7:14 pm $2,800.00
Auction started October 2, 2020 6:00 am