Has Tammi Campbell Got You Fooled?

Tammi Campbell, Albers Study #5, 2018, Acrylic on masonite with metal frame, 16 x 16 inches.

April Fools! If you thought the gallery forgot to unpack Tammi Campbell’s work before hanging it up, you thought wrong. In a playful mimicry of finicky art handling and commercial reverence for high-modernist works, the artist creates paintings in the styles of Andy Warhol, Josef Albers, and Ed Ruscha (among others), that appear to be wrapped with industrial packing materials. However, the bubble wrap and tape are in fact tromp l’oeil illusions crafted entirely by the artist using silicone molds and acrylic.

If you would like to hear more about Campbell’s meticulous, hyper-realistic practice, reach out here!

Detail view of cast acrylic “bubble wrap” and “tape.”
Tammi Campbell, Campbell’s Soup Can (Cream of Vegetables) with Bubble Wrap and Packing Tape, 2022, Acrylic on canvas with wood frame, 22 1/8 x 18 inches each.

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