1939, Chicago, Illinois
Lives in Taos, New Mexico, and Venice, California
Church Studies, 2014
Collage papers, Mylar, and laminate films coated with aluminum and silicon monoxide
The Light Knots are created from a single layer of Mylar film coated with thin films of metals and quartz. They get their mysterious charm from the way they gently move and interact with light. Bell considers them to be “improvisational, spontaneous, and intuitive three-dimensional drawings in space.”
For his two-dimensional Church collages, Bell coats a custom-made red paper with a reflective micro-thin film. The resulting iridescent surface flickers in changing light to give the work an ever-changing appearance. The title refers to his new studio in Venice, a light filled desacralized church.