This essay was written for the exhibition catalogue “Peter Campus: Dredgers” published to co-incide with an exhibition at the Tierney Gardarin Gallery, New York, March 7 – April 19, 2014.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and
hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves
again since it is life.
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)
Over the past decade Peter Campus has been exploring the coastal shores of
Quogue on the east end of Long Island around Shinnecock Bay with his digital
video camera. It is a landscape and coast he loves and knows well and has
engaged with on many levels:
I know the land here, and the light. I have swum in the ocean and the
bay. I have walked the dunes and the beach. I have seen a solar
eclipse here. My comprehension of its infinity is part of my life.
To read the entire essay, click in the link below: