In Gradation (2011), nine raspberries lined up on a lichen-dotted rock progress from left to right, dark to light, plump and juicy to not-yet-ripe. Through a curatorial act of collection and arrangement, Campbell alchemizes discrete instances of color, fabricating a gradient. Viewed alone, each berry would be unremarkable. But when placed in Campbell’s ordered context, interesting details emerge. The slightest variations in color and scale become suddenly perceptible.
Arabella Campbell is a Vancouver-based painter who explores the intricacies of abstraction. Drawing on Minimalism, her subtle yet effective interventions delve into texture, color, and frame. In one series of monochromes, Campbell precisely quoted the hues of the gallery walls, debunking the supposed neutrality of the white cube while binding the works physically to their context.