Fits and Starts

New works for Central Art Garage (Ottawa, Canada), 2017

 
 
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Fits and Starts (2017)

 
 

Fits and Starts was presented at Central Art Garage, April 7 - May 31, 2017. Laura Taler’s performance, Effort 01, took place on April 7, 2017.

Exhibition text:
Because my heart is a muscle that rarely gets sore.*

Bell wades through expansive perspectives and approaches to formal abstraction as well as her personal history to domestic craft, engaging questions of privilege, permanence and visibility.

Joining mindful moments between her objects and the spaces they inhabit, Fits and Starts revels in repetition and care as Bell's means toward outward resolve and subsequent affection.

*Jan Verwoert, "A Prayer to Protest" in Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want , ed. Vanessa Ohlraun (Berlin: Piet Zwart Institute and Sternberg Press, 2010), 252.


List of works:
Walking and falling
2017
Laundered and braided painting on muslin with canvas, hand-tied backing
48 x 54 inches (122 x 137 centimetres)

Effort (assorted)
2016
Ink and acrylic on muslin, poly-pellets, thread
30 pieces
2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm) x various lengths up to 103 inches (262 centimetres)

Effort 01
2017
A collaboration with Laura Taler, as performed by Laura Taler on April 7, 2017 at Central Art Garage

One foot in front of the other
2017
Painting on muslin, thread; double-sided
Irregular, approximately 72 x 300 inches (183 x 762 centimetres)

Truth-teller
2017
Lap quilt; laundered and quilted muslin
60 x 50 inches (152 x 127 centimetres)

Peacemaker
2017
Laundered, quilted and stretched painting on muslin
60 x 36 inches (152 x 91 centimetres)

Effort 1, 2, 3 (yellow)
2016
Ink and acrylic on muslin, thread and poly-pellets
3 pieces
2 x 2 x 61, 92 and 132 inches (5 x 5 x 155, 234 and 335 centimetres) respectively

The Other Side of the Face
2017
Double quilt; laundered and quilted painting on muslin
94 x 84 inches (239 x 213 centimetres)

The works in Fits and Starts were made with Project Assistance from the British Columbia Arts Council.

Images by Julia Martin

Press:
Nuttle, Rupert. “Ottawa Report: New Romantics, Old Punks.” Canadian Art (online). http://canadianart.ca/reviews/ottawa-report-new-romantics-old-punks/