Roberley Bell: Inside Out
October 9, 2009 – January 10, 2010
Laumeier Sculpture Park Indoor Galleries
Laumeier Sculpture Park presents Roberley Bell: Inside Out, an exhibition that explores the relationship between the man-made and the natural with a focus on the artifice of nature. Bell’s colorful and intricate sculptures will enliven the Park’s indoor galleries with a survey of her recent work including the Flower Blobs, the Wonder Series, and new indoor sculpture. A full-color publication with an essay will accompany the exhibition.
Bell's Flower Blobs are not, in fact, drawn from nature though they clearly seem to declare themselves as natural forms. The Flower Blobs continue to explore the spills of the artist’s earlier landscape projects and the space where the artificial meets the real. According to the artist, “The Flower Blobs become a miniature version if not a souvenir of our extreme control of the landscape.”
The artist’s more recent Wonder Series is inspired by the wunder & kunst-kammers (wonder cabinets) of the 17th century when contemporary categorical boundaries had yet to be defined. These works are a series of miniature worlds. The curious collections of flora and fauna continue Bell’s play on and off the real.
Roberley Bell spent her childhood in Latin America and Southeast Asia, before returning to the United States to attend the University of Massachusetts and State University of New York at Alfred where she received an MFA in Sculpture. Bell is the recipient of many grants and fellowships including two from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a Fulbright to the Netherlands and several residency awards. Bell was recently selected a Fulbright scholar for the second time. She’ll spend the spring of 2010 in Turkey.
Bell's work has been exhibited in a multitude of solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia; the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Dieu Donne Gallery, New York; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Fassbender-Stevens Gallery, Chicago; Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn; Paul Petro Gallery, Toronto among others. Bell has completed public site projects in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New York. Bell is represented by Pentimenti Gallery of Philadelphia.
Exhibition Opening Reception: October 9, 2009, 6–8 PM (Free)
Artist GalleryTalk: October 9, 2009, 12–1 PM (Free)
Webster University, Sverdrup Building, Room 123
Museum hours are: Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM and Saturday-Sunday 12 PM-5 PM (Free)
The Museum will be closed for the holidays: December 24-26 and January 1.
Roberley Bell, Flower Blob #77, 2006,
image courtesy of the artist.