Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013


Working on the paintings for the upcoming show in Grand Rapids, MI

Thursday, March 14, 2013

8 Great Brooklyn Artists Under 30

Here is just a section of the article, for the full list and interview check out the L Magazine site

8 Great Brooklyn Artists Under 30 

Page 3 of 9

Katie Bell

She could be showing nowhere and she’d still make this list because her work is so good. Of course, we’re not exactly the first people who’ve taken note. She’ll be showing at Parallel Art Space, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park and the Fort Worth Drawing Center in Texas.

Bell’s sculptures vary in scale and are made from a mix of traditional and non-traditional materials. Scraps of drywall and wood are often collaged together and affixed to the wall, with paint overlaid as if it were a binding element. The effect is stunning.


    What neighborhood do you live in?
    I live in Sunset Park. I moved to this neighborhood from Crown Heights to try and get my studio and apartment in the same area. I love this neighborhood; it’s calm, with great food, and I can be in my studio in five minutes.
    How do you start a new project?
    I start projects by drawing and looking at a lot of stuff. I draw out ideas; most of them don’t go any farther than a drawing, but some make it out into a piece. For the more site-specific works, I make models. The models aren’t to scale or exact; they are miniature versions of ideas. Using actual material, rather than paper and pen, allows me to think about how the material is going to act in a space.
    Do you have a studio routine? How often are you able to work in your studio?
    I am in my studio three full days a week, Monday through Wednesday, and most nights. I am trying to get into a steady routine, but I always feel like I am trying to find one and it never stays consistent. It's best for me to have at least five projects going at once so there is always one that I feel like picking up when I get in there.
    Your work is abstract and often resembles packages or is made from piles of wood and paper. How do you decide what your work should look like?
    I think a lot about the surface of walls, the layers behind walls, and how we compile the structures that hold us. Most of these surfaces are abstract: faux-marble, drywall spray, linoleum, textured wallpaper, etc. In my work these materials are my palette and I am trying to describe an experience with these surfaces.
    Is there a driving concept behind what you make?
    I use my studio as a test site where I can bring things and look at them. I can move them around, put things together, build, and ask questions. I think about the history of the material, what’s behind it, what will be in front of it, and why this is our visual language.
    Is there an artist or exhibition that's had an especially significant impact on your development recently?
    I saw a show of Mika Rottenberg’s at Mary Boone a couple of years ago where she showed her video "Squeeze." That video and the presentation of it had such an impact on me—I still think about that piece all the time.
    You have a very robust show history outside of New York. How did that happen?
    It has all evolved very organically. I had work in Art Chicago a few years ago and that lead to a show in Kansas City, a curator saw my work at that show and told a gallery in Austin, TX, about my work which lead to a show there. I also grew up and lived in Illinois until I was 23 and many of the Midwest shows are from friends and people I know from my time there.
    Is there another medium or style of work that you'd like to explore or have started to experiment with?
    My background is in painting and drawing. My work is very sculptural, but it is only recently that I have begun making freestanding objects. It is a really different challenge to think about something sitting in space rather than coming off the wall.
    How do you describe your work to your parents?
    I think my parents describe my work better than I do. My mom is an interior designer of sorts; she mainly picks paint colors for various types of spaces. She did a job recently where she was picking an exterior color for a car dealership in Rockford, IL, and the way she was talking about it made me think, yeah, that’s what my work should be about. My dad is a contractor and does restoration work on older homes. He is constantly building stuff, fitting things together, and uncovering surfaces. My parents are from different kinds of making worlds than where my work fits in, but the language is all the same, and I think they think that is funny.

    Tear Peak, Acrylic, vinyl, plaster, nails, wood, drywall, foam, laminate, and vertical blinds on wall, 6.5’ x 10’, 2011

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    By Austin McAllister

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    Upcoming group show in D.C.

    Delicious Spectacle is proud to present:

    No Longer Presidents but Prophets
    curated by Brian Barr and Lauren Rice
    March 15 – April 5, 2013

    No Longer Presidents but Prophets explores Patti’s Smith’s “new breed”, in relation to French philosopher Jacques Ranciere’s notion of the Politics of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Politics. In much critical dialog an opposition is set between art becoming life and art as art, form and context. This exhibition brings together 8 artists who, through their work, explore critical aesthetics politically with their subversive use of craft and material, or engage with socio-political content aesthetically.  The title of the exhibition, No Longer Presidents but Prophets, evokes a romantic longing for transformation, reconnection and change in relation to the mediators of experience and culture, either political or aesthetic. Seeking a way out of the dead end of Post-modernity and it’s simplification of signs as empty vessels void of meaning, and content production as an exhausted field where all that is left to do is reshuffle the deck, curators Brian Barr and Lauren Rice combine a group of artists who seem at once aesthetically different and yet similar. They seem as different and yet similar, perhaps, as the metaphors used in Patti Smith’s poetry and the aesthetic theory of Jacques Ranciere. All of the artists included in No Longer Presidents but Prophets embrace the liminal space between form and content, meaning and experience, maker and viewer, by aestheticizing politics or politicizing aesthetics.

    'Fainting Violet'

    Sunday, March 3, 2013


    Check out the latest issue of FORGETGOOD!

    Friday, March 1, 2013

    FIRST of the month

     New piece, titled 'Shaken' for donation at BOMB Magazine's annual gala

     Opening at Parallel Art Space. Far left, my piece 'Under Cover' and to the far right 'In Memory'