People Like Us: The Gossip of Colin Campbell

November 14, 2011 - January 29, 2012

This is the first major exhibition of Colin Campell's videos since his death in 2001.

People Like US surveys Colin Campbell’s illustrious career, from such early tapes as Sackville, I’m Yours… (1972), which features Campbell as the beguiling fictional persona “Art Star,” to his final work, Que Sera Sera (2001).

Campbell’s life and artistic practice derived inspiration from and through gossip. By way of videotape, the artist gossiped with and about his real social circle while creating a newly fictional cast of characters.

The boundaries of truth concerned Campbell even less than the conventions of screen acting and narrative. His homespun tapes are a perverse collage of tall tales, rumours, conversations and daydreams gleaned from his everyday life.

Ironic, irreverent and ambiguous, Campbell’s tapes demonstrate how reality can be manipulated and invented to reflect one’s desires.

Curated by

Jon Davies

Artists in the exhibition

Colin Campbell


Organized and circulated by Oakville Galleries, and made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage