Homage to the Square with Bubble Wrap and Packing Tape #9
This work is a perfect stand-in for a historical work from one of the minimalist movement's most influential series. The artist undertakes an enormous amount of research to technically and truthfully replicate the original painting, reconstructing it entirely from acrylic paint—including the trompe l'oeil bubble wrap, tape and cardboard that literally envelopes, secures and mummifies the cherished object.
Tammi Campbell takes trompe l’oeil, a genre of painting that relies on illusion, to its hyperrealistic extreme. With this work, she penetrates the male-dominated modernist and minimalist canons. She pays homage to the past while simultaneously taking it hostage, inviting viewers to ponder the received value of famous artworks.
Tammi Campbell’s paintings are made entirely from acrylic paint, including the trompe l'oeil bubble wrap and tape that enclose them. Through meticulous research, she creates hyperrealistic stand-ins of historical works. Campbell’s mummified compositions literally envelope and secure the male-dominated modernist and minimalist canons, paying homage to the past while simultaneously taking it hostage.