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Roberley Bell, Still Life with Table, 2018




Bell's sculptures are stacked, delicate amalgams of many media, thoughtfully constructed and balanced. These works directly relate to the some things through use of color, physicality and relatively intimate scale. The stacked format references the human form and recalls diverse visual references such as Isamu Noguchi, Constantin Brancusi, and the iconic American skyscraper. Bell states: I work with a range of materials, some fabricated into distinct forms, others utilized in their found state. Through my work, I seek out the material that at any given time best expresses the form I want to capture. The assembled elements, along with the addition of brilliant color and pattern, reference the natural world blurring the lines between inside and outside, nature and artifice. My sculptures are embedded in the formal language of spatial composition straddling the space between representation and abstraction. ABOUT THE ARTIST. Bell spent her childhood in Latin America and Southeast Asia. She attended the University of Massachusetts and State University of New York at Alfred from where she holds an MFA in Sculpture. Bell is the recipient of many grants and fellowships including, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship and a 2010 Senior Scholar Fulbright to Turkey. Bell’s Fulbright topic, The City as Site of Intervention, resulted in a series of projects in public spaces throughout the city of Istanbul. Bell has received numerous residency awards both nationally and internationally including, most recently at the Hillwood Museum and Gardens, Washington, DC; Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, NY; and Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include, The Shape of the Afternoon, 2014, at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; and Early One Morning, 2016, BT&C Gallery (now Anna Kaplan Contemporary). Last year, Bell was included in Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, Journeys 1967-2017, curated by Rachel Adams at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Recent public projects include “a visitor and one other” installed this year in Amherst, MA in an exhibition organized by UMASS Amherst and the University Museum of Contemporary Art and Locus Amoenus, installed at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo as part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative. Bell has also completed public projects in Toronto, Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, Albany, Istanbul, Turkey and Kaliningrad, Russia. She most recently participated in the inaugural edition of PLAY/GROUND and was one of 29 artists who transformed a former school building in Medina, NY. Bell lives and works in Western New York.

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sculpture | found objects | mixed media


58.00 x 17.50 x 17.50 in | 147.32 x 44.45 x 44.45 cm

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