House, 1997/2000

House (A Standardized Affectation for Telepresence), 1997/2000
8 1/2 x 12 x 20 feet
Vinyl siding, mixed media

The house consists of two rooms divided by a hallway. The rooms were completely identical, consisting of beds, dirty clothes, knick knacks, etc. Once entering the second bedroom, the viewer would experience inescapable deja vu. The rooms were separated by a hallway so direct comparison was not possible. The viewer then would travel back and forth between the rooms to check the accuracy of the placement of the objects. The installation first presented a sense of domestic space and identity, which then becomes more of an impossibility through the accumulation of encounters. The space creates a virtual conundrum as the viewer moves back and forth, trapped in between the same place.

Related Press:

Reid, Calvin. “Guy Richard Smit and Beth Campbell at Roebling Hall.”Art in America, September 2001

Mahoney, Robert. “Art Reviews: Beth Campbell.” Time Out New York, Issue No 275, December 28-Jan 4 2001

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Exterior view

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View of 1st Bedroom

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View of 2nd Bedroom

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Diagram of Space, 1997, ink on paper, 20 x 24 inches

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View of first bedroom

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View of second bedroom

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View of first bedroom

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View of second bedroom