Visual Arts Program

Friday, January 10, 2020 — Friday, February 28, 2020

Katie Bell

Abstract Cabinet

Katie Bell’s exhibition is a site-specific installation conceived of as a one-act drama starring anonymous artifacts. Functioning like a theatrical set, the gallery holds static characters that reference the interior architecture of corporate and commercial spaces. Sculptural objects are often fractured or untethered to a contextual structure. Functioning as a whole, the individual artefacts are a nod to players on a stage, held captive in space and time. 

Bell’s visual language is partially inspired by the work of Constructivist artists including Alexandra Ekster, Malevich and El Lissitzky's 'Proun Room.' Her work often incorporates flat planes and shapes with hard edges, but never in isolation. Individual objects stack, pierce, lean and push one another, jockeying for space.

Movement and suspension are equally courted, as Bell’s arrangement suggests passageways and thoroughfares that draw a viewer through the installation while revealing small moments and tableaux along the way. Noting Hallwalls’ origin as the hallway space between the studios of Charles Clough and Robert Longo, Bell’s interest pulls from ideas of how space is partitioned, connected and organized. Bio:Born 1985 Rockford, IL

Lives and works in New York, NY