Alvaro Campo

Alvaro Campo

I like to think of art as a form of research, much like scientific research but with a different set of rules. Art is not based on empirical evidence or even logic, but rather defines its own rules and frameworks as it moves forward and develops. My practice is rooted in photography and I often return to its principals as a point of departure, addressing such notions as time, space or light. In recent projects I have approached the perception of time and I am interested in the ways in which everyday experiences are influenced by it. I also want to know more about the idea of working with natural processes as opposed to working against them (if that is even possible). How do we tackle the fact that we are a part of nature as a whole wether we want it or not? I am very curious about the mechanisms of consciousness, thought and perception in an age where technology is of great influence in how these are formed. I use my work to investigate, to learn and to become more familiar with such questions. In practice, the work often takes form in experiments at the studio. These experiments can serve the purpose of trying to understand certain principles or give form to phenomena and they can also simply be ways of testing ideas. It is often later in the process that the results of the experiments are included in the final pieces. I have lately been involved in several larger public art commissions, I enjoy the possibility to spend longer periods of time with one particular piece. I find that with more time, a piece often matures and reveals its intent.

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