Enclosure + Exclusion: A Visual Treatise

Exhibition open 13-31 July 2022.

We are thrilled to be participating in the DesignTO Festival. Going into its 12th year, the DesignTO Festival transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban sphere, forming Toronto’s design week, January 21-30, 2022.

The exhibition is hosted by Artscape Youngplace in the Hallway Galleries on the 2nd floor. More information can be found in the 2022 DesignTO Festival Schedule.

Enclosure + Exclusion: A Visual Treatise presents a body of work which considers how urban environments are manipulated and shaped. My process of apprehending inscriptions and boundary marks found on-site explores societal patterns of impermanence and exclusion perpetuated by technological developments in the production of space.

The exhibition explores how urban frameworks engender a provisional landscape—one which, according to contemporary philosopher Bernard Stiegler, is relentlessly manipulated by “technological beings” whose settlement and migration patterns are programmed to deplete the earth’s resources, including the availability of fertile land.

Absence of place is a common narrative throughout much of the work, conveying notions of “rationality” in the market, and how urban frameworks, born of capitalism, “seek to make space a blank slate upon which the agents of capital—merchants, industrialists, financiers, real estate agents, corporate executives—can inscribe their plans and desires” (Derek R. Ford).

My research interest includes financialization of housing and its effect on real estate hoarding, as well as the impact of single-family zoning and the loss of farmland.

Enclosure + Exclusion is a body of work that documents how we, as “technological beings” have been busy manipulating landscapes which support economic migration patterns that ultimately cannot be sustained due to the limited supply of land. 

The uniformity and homogeneity of the gypsum reliefs, molded from granite, asphalt, and concrete surfaces found in various topographic features, represents the turnover and erasure of existing land practices. The process of fabricating such reliefs allows Campbell to envision a series of synthetic topographies where parametric architectures collide and overwhelm the surface. The gypsum reliefs are cast over and over again and arranged into a mass-assembly that conveys the relentless production cycle, colonizing every last square mile of available land and emulating the forces of late capitalism.

Artscape Youngplace, Hallway Galleries, 2nd Floor, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto
The exhibition was originally postponed until July 13th, 2022
View DesignTO 2022 Festival Schedule

Support for this exhibition has been provided by: