Mark Campbell, born in 1952, is an associate professor within the Fine Arts department. He has held numerous administrative positions at UArts, most recently as Dean of the College of Art, Media and Design. Exhibitions include: Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl, at the San Jose Museum of Art and Situated Realities, a national traveling exhibition focusing on new media. Additional venues include; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Fabric Workshop And Museum, DUMBO Art Center and the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Mark Campbell’s works reference urban and landscape theory, with contents and forms derived from the built environment and the interface of constructed and natural systems. The works in this exhibition could be considered a satirical critique of land use practices in the suburban mega-zones surrounding US cities, including the rigid, uniform templates used in the design of most US suburban subdivisions. It could also be understood as simultaneously advocating for urbanized high density living, referencing Italian hill-towns or Chinese hutongs. The latent abstraction of the work invites the viewer to respond first to their pure physical/optical characteristics.