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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Sarah Christianson.
Title:

Reconstructed Memory


Artist: Jim Campbell (born 1956)
Date: 2012
Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 15 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (29.2 x 38.7 x 16.5 cm)
Medium: Custom electronics, 192 RGB LEDs, and cast resin screen
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2011.58
Not on View
Accession Number: 2011.58
Provenancepurchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2012
Label TextJim Campbell’s work relies on the LED (light emitting diode)—one of the light sources that is redefining our era—to replicate an event in real time or evoke the fleeting recollection lodged in memory. Drawing from his foundation in engineering and film, Campbell’s work adds the element of time to the experiential concerns of space, light, and art explored by his predecessors in light sculpture. In Reconstructed Memory, Campbell explores the fleeting quality of memory immortalized through the magic of technology. Where other artists use words, sound, and static image, Campbell transforms the transient into the reproducible through his technological mastery and understanding of the vagaries of personal memory, time, and space.
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