CAMeC presents with Time in process by Giovanni Campus an exhibition which marks a new step in the history of the museum. As the winner of the annual fair Settembre d’ Arte in 2011, CAMeC offers the artist a new platform by acquiring his works of art and showing them in a solo exhibition. Giovanni Campus, along with Luca Matti, is a winner of outstanding merit of the 2011 edition of Settembre d’ Arte.
Campus’ work is full of both painting and sculptures, lacking a separation of these two types of making art as both have been used in a very substantial and constant way in the last 50 years. The artist does not treat them as two different ways of making art, but more as a means of expression with the continuing possibility of dialogue and confrontation.
As Marco Meneguzzo points out in the catalogue: “Along the way through the exhibition the visitor is reminded of one notion: the one of ‘measure’. Campus measures something with every gesture he does, and even before, he looks around and measures the space he is within, he stabilizes coordinates, decides what shall become his point of view, directs the eyes of the visitor and suggests him to perceive the space according to the lines he has put.
This accentuation can be easily seen in the rooms of the museum, just because they are defined in their own way, they are ‘closed’, perfectly in their Newton style geometry of a white box: In this case, every element used by Campus in its whitish non-coloured appearance leads to a measurement which is even more abstract, more platonic than we are used to know, even if he turns the gaze of the visitor on something by using physical strength.
This approach is one of the characteristics of his work, which is at the same time both a mental and a physical one. Art provides every time a certain physical aspect. His intention is to render visible the measurement without a lacking capacity of abstraction and, even more important, to render possible to perceive the space around us as an ideal space in the very (platonic) sense of the word.
Every little bit of his activities is influenced by this concept of space. Therefore, he put a very long steel feather in piazza Duomo in Milan in the 70s which surprised the passengers all around the place, and put some robust pieces on the cliffs of the Sardinian coast to show another time his giving form to a human space by measuring it.
His work has not changed with the time regarding his artistic actions, but more with regard to his definition and consideration of the space and the metaphor of measuring. This is a truly substantially consistent process as history brings up diverse concepts and the work of the artist - which is consistent in its language, but not in his spirits of time - becomes influenced by various meanings which contradict each other after a certain time. Yet, this is not important as coherence is not as crucial in the field of arts as the capacity of being flexible, of changing, accepting, testifying, but still remaining true to oneself.
Giovanni Campus measures the space: He has done that in the 70s and does it right now, but the meaning of his work has changed in our view. Therefore, his work is able to come across transformations and to transform in its own way and not to serve as a part of archaeology for Modernity.”