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Botanical art exhibition focus of last colloquium of semester

Assistant Professor of Art Ian Campbell, whose work is currently being shown in southeast Arkansas, delivered the final lecture of the 2019 Faculty Colloquium series Nov. 22 at Lyon College.

Campbell shared intriguing, semi-abstract images from his exhibition, describing the light-sensitive paper and sunlit-exposed flora he used to achieve the look.

The exposure takes from a couple of minutes to all day, with differing impacts on colors depending on how long the material has been in the sun, according to Campbell.

Campbell’s 2018 research in the remote woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he was an artist-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center, informed his artistic process.

“Photography has been in a bit of an identity crisis, lately,” he said, noting the back-and-forth about whether it exists as art or science or a little of both.

Campbell uses his images as “an invitation,” he added, one in which he hopes to open up dialogue “between contemporary photography and historical photographic practices.” 

“Refugia: Photos by Ian Campbell” runs through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Pine Bluff’s Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.