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Roberley Bell

Nature Pops!
Glyndor Gallery | July 12–September 5

Roberley Bell, Always Lime, 2014, mixed-media sculpture, approx. 34” x 72” x 30”. Courtesy of the artist and BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

In her sculptural work and public art installations, Roberley Bell questions human nature and the impulse to design our surroundings in a way that simulates nature yet distances us from it. Her series Other Landscapes is inspired by blob architecture—building and interior design that uses computer rendering software to generate amorphous forms, amorphous forms that, while evoking the organic, are based on nothing found in nature. Bell’s amoeboid sculptures often have a secondary function as vases or planters. Whether placed on a swath of Astroturf or displayed outdoors, they are inspired equally by the natural and the built environments. Her work combines the fields of horticulture and interior design, heightening the artifice by using fluorescent colors, plastic and kitsch. Bell explains, “My sculptures reconsider or interrogate what is real against what is not, to the point where even nature itself is uncertain.” See Always Lime on the lawn in front of the gallery.

Bell spent her childhood in Latin America and Southeast Asia, returned to the United States for college and now lives in western New York. Works from her Other Landscape series and Blob sculptures have been exhibited at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk, VA; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO; and Burchfield Penney Art Museum, Buffalo, NY. In 2000, she was included in Wave Hill’s Welcome exhibition, presenting her outdoor sculpture Arcadia Now. Bell received an MFA from the State University of New York at Alfred and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

 

Roberley Bell, Other Landscape #18, 2015, high-density foam, pigmented resin paint, steel, plastic, flower on cherry block with flocking on shag carpet, 50” x 48” diameter. Courtesy of the artist and BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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