All things being equal. was presented at Ottawa Art Gallery, August 21 -September 13, 2015.
Exhibition text: In her MFA thesis exhibition All things being equal. conceived specifically for the Firestone Gallery, Jessica Bell presents the very idea of constructing a painting as a way of making sense of the world. Simple materials and formal devices make allusions to ordinary events and experiences. The works bear the marks of incidental studio occurrences which conjure a conversation between the will of objects and the artist’s intention to activate them. Canvas and stretchers appear like characters, assuming the posture of active participants instead of subservient structure. The pieces engage with and resonate in one another, emphasizing the temporal relationship with the physical space. The forms are deliberately abstract and minimal, drawing our attention to subtle differences in the surfaces of material, gentle play with volume and light, and the quiet passage of time.
List of works: Calendar Piece 2015 Canvas, thread, grommets, seven inflatable poly-woven dunnage bags, common nails 45 x 195 inches (114 x 495 centimetres) x variable depth
Folly (pressure) 2015 Ink and graphite on canvas, thread, Velcro, inflatable poly-woven dunnage bag 48 x 48 inches (122 x 122 centimetres) x variable depth
Painting of a plinth 2015 Ink on canvas, thread, Velcro, inflatable poly-woven dunnage bag 30 x 36 x 18 inches (76 x 91 x 46 centimetres)
Life and times (series) 2015 Five framed inkjet prints on paper 30 x 20 x 2 inches (76 x 51 x 5 centimetres) each
Incident/Accident 2014 22:39 minute full HD video made from digital photographs Projection size variable (4:59 minute clip)
Catch and Release 2014 Found object, plaster 18 x 14 x 14 inches (46 x 36 x 36 centimetres)
Three Days (extended) 2015 Ink on muslin 63 x 252 inches (160 x 640 centimetres) x variable depth
Folly (fold) 2015 Ink on Belgian linen 54 x 78 inches (137 x 198 centimetres) unfolded
Folly (diptych) 2015 Ink on canvas, thread, nails 60 x 55 x 3 inches (152 x 140 x 8 centimetres)