Transporter

2011 - present
A play between heavily loaded political narratives and utopian ideals, image and object.

About This Project

The Transporter Project inhabits the interstices of a number of artistic, and political concerns. Begun initially as a visual investigation of the phenomenon of forced migration, the work also combines the desire to find a more material form for the motifs inhabiting my paintings with an emerging interest in the play between various aspirational futures and the present. The result is a project that converts three-dimensional forms into complex image surfaces, playing between heavily loaded political narratives and utopian ideals, object and image, public and private spaces.

Bagasse, a large black and white painting of the trash left over after sugar cane cultivation forms the backdrop for the exhibition. On the level of narrative Bagasse references the proto-capitalist economy of the sugar plantation and acts a metaphor for economic systems that view society and human relationships as bi-products. The sculptural forms point to Fuller's idea of a rational utopia, while the interwoven images that inhabit their surface suggest notions of complicity, compromise and violence. A larger versions of the domes appears as a temporary public sculpture.

The playful use of pattern and symmetry and the lightness of the sculptural objects acts as a counterpoint to the gravity of the underling issues. Here the attempt is to create objects that both engage in and defy pre-existing narratives, using beauty to contest the certainty of their meaning.

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Transporter 8
2014     aluminum composite, wood, water, rubber     164" x 164" x 48"
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Transporter 8
2014     Aluminium composite, wood, rubber, water     164" x 164" x 48"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/portal-declaration-maroon-2
Portal (Declaration Maroon)
2013     screen print on card, metal clips, wood, paracord, hardware     122" x 102.5 x 22"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/portal-declaration-maroon-detail
Portal (Declaration Maroon)
2013     Screen print on card, metal clips, wood, hardware     122 x 102.5 x 22"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/portal-declaration-maroon
Portal (Declaration Maroon)
2013     Screen print on card, metal clips, wood, paracord, hardware     122" x 102.5" x 22"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/transporter-2-transporter
Transporter 2 (Transporter)
2011     screen print on card, metal clips     40" x 40"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/transporter-3
Transporter 3 (Flock)
2011     screen print on card, metal clips     40" x 40"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/transporter-4-circle
Transporter 4 (Circle)
2011     screen print on card, metal clips     40" x 40"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/transporter-5-machete
Transporter 5 (Machete)
2011     screen print on card, metal clips     40" x 40"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/bagasse-3
Bagasse
2009     acrylic on panel     300" x 78"
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Transporter
     installation view    
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/night-object-hyatt-regency-desalines-soe-transporter
Night Object – Hyatt Regency (Desalines SOE Transporter)
2011     vinyl, corrugated plastic, fibreglass     80" x 80" x 80"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/night-object-promenade-2-desalines-soe-transporter
Night Object – Promenade 2 (Desalines SOE Transporter)
2011     vinyl, corrugated plastic, fibreglass     80" x 80" x 80"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/night-object-promenade-desalines-soe-transporter
Night Object – Promenade (Desalines SOE Transporter)
2011     vinyl, corrugated plastic, fibreglass     80" x 80" x 80"
http://charlescampbellart.com/artwork/night-object-lapeyrouse-desalines-soe-transporter
Night Object – Lapeyrouse (Desalines SOE Transporter)
2011     vinyl, corrugated plastic, fibreglass     80" x 80" x 80"
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