All things being equal.

Graduate thesis work, 2013-2015

 
 
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All things being equal. (2015)

 
 
 

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)

All things being equal. was exhibited with support from Ola Wlusek, Ottawa Art Gallery and the University of Ottawa’s Department of Visual Arts Master of Fine Arts graduate program.

Selected images by Julia Martin

Texts:
RBC Canadian Painting Competition Catalogue. 2015: 16-17. Print.