Roberley Bell  
 
       

STATEMENT
Over the past decade my work has centered on the production of sculpture and site specific public projects. My work explores the natural world both in abstracting from, and in borrowing, to reveal hyper-realized fantastical landscapes. My current series Other Landscapes fast-forwards the origins of organic abstraction into the 21st century. My forms take their cue from Blob Design. Like the current trend in design where buildings and form adopt an organic structure that is made possible only though computer-aided design, my Other Landscapes sculptures reveal themselves as natural forms, though they are, in fact, paradoxically based on nothing that exists in nature. 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. My prints and book works are an extension of the themes explored in my large-scale installations.

BIO
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 from where she holds an MFA. Bell is the recipient of many grants and fellowships including the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a summer Fulbright to the Netherlands and a 2010 Senior Scholar Fulbright to Turkey. Bell's Fulbright topic, the City as the Site of Intervention resulted in a series of projects in public spaces. In 2012 she received a Fellowships from the Turkish Cultural Foundation and Dave Bowen Projects. Bell has received several residency awards both nationally and internationally. Including a residency to the Stadt Kunstlerhaus in Salzburg Austria and a Studio fellowship from the international Studio Program in NY. Bell's work has been exhibited in one person and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally including, many art fairs. Bell has completed public projects in Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Kaliningrad Russia and Istanbul, Turkey. She lives in a rural community in Upstate New York and teaches in the School of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.

PRESS
The Shape of the Afternoon - deCordova museum and Sculpture park
Paradise ready-made
Inside Out
Beyond/In WNY: Roberley Bell
The Chautauquan Daily: Bell recasts nature in biomorphic sculptures
The Chautauquan Daily: A 'Familiar' ring
Inside Out - Sculpture
Chasing the Sky - Times-Union
Finding Form in Chesterwood's Landscape - Preservation Nation
The Shape of the Afternoon - Sculpture
Early One Morning press release
Early One Morning - Buffalo Rising
Early One Morning - Buffalo Spree
Locus Amoenus press release
Locus Amoenus - Buffalo Spree
Locus Amoenus - The Public
Written in the Space of the Water: A Conversation with Roberley Bell - afterimage

 
ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016 Early One Morning, BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2015 (un)natural landscapes, Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Norfolk , VA
2015 some things, BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2014 The Shape of the Afternoon, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
2010 Other Landscapes, ALANistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Street Scenes and finds, Rezan Has Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Inside out, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, MO
  Wonder, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2008 Becoming Blurred, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Becoming Blurred, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
2006 At Play, Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  Window Dressing, Paul Petro Gallery (window project) Toronto, ONT, CN
2004 Dressing, Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2002 Trace, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY
2001 Always the Immigrant, Old Dominion University Gallery, Norfolk, VA
FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
2016 Project Space Residency , Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY
2016 Artist Residency, Institute For Electronic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2015 Artist Residency, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA
  Turkish Cultural Foundation fellowship
2014 Fulbright Specialist, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Dave Bown Project Award
2012 Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellowship
2011 Puffin Foundation Grant
2010 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 Artist Residency, Kunstlerhaus Stadt Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
2003 Artist Residency, Weir Farm, Wilton, CT
2001 Artist's Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation
2001 Artist's Fellowship, New York Foundation For The Arts (also '93)
2000 Studio Residency, International Studio Program, NY, NY
2000 Work space Residency, Dieu Donne Paper Mill, NY, NY
1998 Artist as Catalyst, Residency Award, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
1993 Sculpture Space Residency Award, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY
1990 Fulbright: Summer Seminar in the Netherlands
1988 Artist Residency, Artpark, Lewiston, NY
PUBLIC PROJECTS
2016 Locus Amoenus, Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, NY
2015 Fleurs Fatales, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
2014 Chasing the Sky, Albany International Airport, Albany, NY
2012 Tree seat, streetscape project, Rochester, New York
2011 Desk Projects, Gallery 5533, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Flora & Fauna, International Terminal, Philadelphia Airport, PA
2009 Paradise ready made, Tower Kronprinz, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia
2008 Hovering, Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
  Gates, Costa Lopez Park, Cambridge, MA
2007 Anomaly, I Park, East Haddam, CT
  Bloom, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY
2004 Gardens 2004, Grant Park, Chicago, IL
2004 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Meyers, FL
2003 Public Art Biennial, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2002 Three Rivers Park, Pittsburgh, PA
2002 Sculpture at Evergreen, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
2002 Connemara Sculpture Park, Dallas, TX
2001 St Paul Western Sculpture Park, St Paul, MN
1999 Public Sculpture @ NPR, Washington, DC
1998-99 Main Street/Art Street, Buffalo, NY
1997-98 George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
1995-96 Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI
1995-97 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
1994 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Wanderlust, University Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2016 Nature Pops, Wave Hill, Bronx NY
  Synthesizing Nature, View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY
2013 Second Nature, Albany Airport gallery, Albany, NY
  Beyond Nature, University of North Texas galleries, Denton, Texas
  Echo Art Fair, Installation project, Buffalo, NY
2012 Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey
  represented by Alan Gallery Istanbul, Turkey
  The World According To… Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Mind the Gap, Gallery 5533 Istanbul, Turkey (satellite project of Istanbul Biennial)
2011 Secret Garden, Denise Bibro Gallery, NY, NY
2011 Summer Salon, Denise Bibro Gallery, NY, NY
2011 Follies, Rockland Art Center, West Nyack, NY
2010 Toy's Art US, Curator's Voice Art Projects, Miami, FL
2010 Winter Salon, Denise Bibro Gallery, NY, NY
2010 Art Miami, Denise Bibro Gallery, NY, NY
2010 Chautauqua: A Continuum of Creativity, Denise Bibro Gallery, NY, NY
2008 Fantastical Imaginings, Delaware Center For the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
  Wildlife, Mt IDA Gallery, Mt IDA College, Newton, MA
  Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL
2007 Beyond in Western New York, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY
  Persistent Play, Cohen Fine Art Center Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2006 Scope Miami Art Fair, (Curators Office, DC), Miami FL
Bridge Miami Art Fair, (Pentimenti Gallery Philadelphia, PA), Miami FL
Garden, Visual Arts center of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Beauty, Everson Biennial, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY catalogue
Among The Trees, Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ catalogue
2005 Scope New York Art Fair, (Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY), NY, NY
Miami Art Fair, (Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY), Miami, FL
Collaboration as Medium: 25 years of Pyramid Atlantic, Edison Gallery, Washington, DC catalogue
2004 Drawings by Sculptors, Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Public Art Artist's Proposals, Meghan Gallery, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
2003 Pushing Paper, Hand workshop, Richmond, VA
Paper remix, Dieu Donne Gallery, NY, NY, catalogue
2001 Books at Evergreen, Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, catalogue
Small Treasures, Fassbender-Stevens gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 The View From Here, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia, catalogue
Welcome, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York
 
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