Roberley Bell  

Early One Morning

Mixed media sculpture and photographs
Installation at BT&C Gallery, Buffalo, NY
9 September - 22 October 2016

The exhibition title, Early One Morning, offers a poetic frame for the show, references the history of sculpture, and relates to issues that are at the heart of my thinking process. The title is borrowed from a 1962 sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro (1924-2013) — a large-scale, brightly painted, geometric steel sculpture that sits directly on the floor. The bold vermillion of Caro’s piece serves to unify the elements as well as boldly announce itself — strategies very much present in my new series, Still Life Sculpture, and Some Things.

Included in Early One Morning, and continuing my exploration of color, is a series of photographs of towels in Istanbul that began in 2010. The project was “a quest for looking for the overlooked.” The result is a common scene, — a sort of street still life full of found color.

Also included is a series of small sculptures, titled some things, which began in 2014. These small works are meditations — initially thought of as mental preparation for large-scale work, the series has evolved into a practice in and of itself opening new avenues for investigation of the boundary between color and form.

Also included are a handful of my floor pieces— a series that I consider as still lifes. These works directly relate to some things through use of color, physicality and relatively intimate scale. They are delicate amalgams of many media, thoughtfully constructed and balanced. They are more quietly subtle than the Other Landscape series, past large-scale work of boldly colored organic abstraction. Yet, they are equally as forceful in the ideas and feelings they communicate to the viewer.

Early One Morning press release
Early One Morning - Buffalo Rising
Early One Morning - Buffalo Spree

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