Exhibitions Post Masters by Crystal Z Campbell
October 9-November 3, 2019 Project Space One
Crystal Z Campbell will be in resident to work on Post Masters, a film and book project based on research on the US Postal Service and her family’s personal history: both her parents and Campbell have worked for USPS. USPS is a quintessential American institution. However, her mother immigrated from the Philippines and her Americanness within that realm was often questioned. Other parallels include corporeal disability and the gradual dissolution of the postal service. And of course, the Manila envelope. At VSW, Campbell will be seeking film and photo references related to the USPS, nation-building, references to philately, images of automation, training videos, the Philippines, mail art, and the history of distributing images and messages. Archival analog film will be duplicated and transferred to 16mm analog film, which will be manipulated/painted by hand. Campbell would also like to develop a prototype for an artist book for the project that will use common mail formats including envelopes, A4’s, and stamps.
Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist & writer of African-American, Filipino, and Chinese descents whose works question the politics of witnessing. Campbell exhibits internationally: ICA Philadelphia, Studio Museum, and SculptureCenter. Honors include: Pollock-Krasner Award, MacDowell, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, and Whitney. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center and Tulsa Artist Fellow.
Support for this exhibition came from Max and Marian Farash Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, and the New York State Council on the Arts Visual Arts program.