9 April - 29 May 2015
BT&C Gallery announces Roberley Bell: some things opening Thursday, April 9th with a reception 6-9pm. The exhibition will remain on view through May 29th. Gallery hours are Fridays 12-5pm or by appointment. As part of the BT&C Conversations series, on Friday, April 24th the artist will speak with Aaron Ott, Public Art Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery in an event that will begin at 6:30pm (www.btandcgallery.com for more information).
Some things showcases Roberley Bell’s latest body of work continuing her decades long investigation of the idea of the “natural” in our contemporary environment through sculptural organic abstraction. Bell is best known for sculptural and installation work that creates a dialogue between our interior and exterior worlds, as well as nature and its synthetic likeness. Heralding Spring into Buffalo, Bell’s boldly colored large sculpture from the series Other Landscapes will be included in the exhibition. As Bell explains:
The Other Landscapes series continues to explore the space where the artificial meets the real. My sculptures reconsider or interrogate what is real against what is not, to the point where even nature itself is uncertain. It is my intent to employ our imagination and our senses even with the artifice.
The Other Landscapes series is grounded in the origins of organic abstraction and computer aided Blob Design. Bell states, “like the current trend in design where buildings and form adopt an organic structure that is made possible only though computer-aided technologies, my Other Landscapes sculptures reveal themselves as natural forms, though they are, in fact, paradoxically based on nothing that exists in nature.” These sculptures, characteristic of Bell’s creative practice, do not just occupy the gallery space, but interact with the architecture; occupying the realm of installation work, Bell’s sculptures combine multiple elements, some of which directly interact with the gallery walls.
Also included is a series of small sculpture which Bell has titled some things and from which the exhibition takes its name. These small works are meditations for Bell— they allow the artist to work spontaneously and intuitively, serving as mental preparation for her large-scale work. An extension of the themes explored in her other work, but on a different scale, both visually and psychically, they are delicately subtle musings on the boundary between nature and artifice. This is the first time these works have been exhibited en masse.
During the run of this exhibition, for the month of May, Bell will be an artist in residence at Chesterwood, the summer home/studio and gardens of the American sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, MA, now a National Trust Historic Site. Bell’s project at Chesterwood will consist of documenting her daily experiences in the gardens, French’s studio and house as resource material for future sculptures. Bell’s plan is to respond directly and immediately to some source of inspiration discovered on location. The result will be a sculptural response by Bell created each day of her residency.