Curated by Kimberly Rhodes
Exhibition: September 2 – October 3, 2014
Opening Reception: September 5, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
The Korn Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition “Waver” by Katie Bell, which will include a large site-specific wall installation, on view September 2nd through October 3rd..The Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, selected weekends and by appointment.
As the title of Bell’s exhibition suggests, the psychology and anxiety of choice plays a major role in both the decorating world and in the realm of painting. Within both practices, the idea of remodeling is a way to move forward in the creation process. In the home, remodeling is a way to make new or to cover up the past. In terms of abstract painting, remodeling, for Bell, is an unsettling struggle between hiding and revealing, as demonstrated by many of the pieces in the exhibition.
The works on view in “Waver” also investigate the ways that home surfaces (carpet, wallpaper, linoleum, vinyl, etc.) relate to abstraction and how the building process relates to making a painting. Holding Arms (2013), for example, reconfigures familiar building materials such as wood, laminate, and drywall into a dynamic layered arrangement that highlights features of interior architecture that are usually concealed in a home and demonstrates their visual potential as textured, colored, and shaped forms in an exploding abstract composition. The small stone hanging from a string at the bottom of the piece adds an element of surprise and delight that characterizes Bell’s work, from her site-specific wall installations to smaller plaster based pieces such as Finding Yourself (2014), and signifies the physical and kinetic manifestations of “Waver” (to tremble, quiver, shake) present in Bell’s work.
Katie Bell was born in Rockford, Illinois. She received her BA from Knox College in 2008 and graduated in 2011 from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Painting. Bell has shown her work at a variety of venues, including Storefront Ten Eyck (Brooklyn, NY), Nudashank (Baltimore, MD), PLUG Projects (Kansas City, MO), Okay Mountain Gallery (Austin, TX), Mixed Greens (NYC), and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA). In 2011 she was an artist in residence at the prestigious Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation based in Brooklyn, NY. She currently has an installation on view at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and was recently shortlisted for Thames and Hudson’s upcoming book ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’. She has been named by Brooklyn-based critic Paddy Johnson as one of ‘8 Great Brooklyn Artists Under 30’ and has been featured in BOMB magazine and New American Paintings. Bell lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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