Neil Campbell

Boom Boom

1993
Neil Campbell is recognized for paintings that eschew frame and support to apply, in the case of Boom Boom, lustreless sheens of black pigment directly on the wall. In this sense, the artist takes a conceptual approach to painting, in that his work exists as an idea recreated materially based on the proportions of the architecture where it is exhibited. The remarkable fluidity between the gallery’s white walls and the outlines of the two expansive discs here create a destabilizing trompe-l’oeil effect as the geometrical shapes that take over the corner seem to recede into a dramatic abyss. The optical effects of Boom Boom aim to invoke in viewers an experience that is at once sensual, immediate, and even spiritual.
Title
Boom Boom
Date
1993
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic paint
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2013
Accession number
45896