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Sunshine, Acrylic, wood, canvas (36.5×23.25) 2018

Scott Bell is an artist originally from Florida, who currently lives and works in Dallas, TX. In the spring of 2012 Bell received his BFA from the University of North Florida and in spring 2016 he received his MFA at Florida State University. Bell has won several academic awards and has had numerous national and international exhibitions. Bell is a active member at 500X Gallery in Dallas. His current work focuses on the contemporary home and concepts of need and want.

News & Recent Exhibitions 

Chunk

Chunk is a project space exhibition featuring a series of new paintings and sculptural paintings by Scott Bell and Elise Thompson. The term “chunk” can refer to “a piece of something” to consume, such as cake, or a section of information built from several smaller elements.[1]These artists inquire about notions of indulgence and desire through painting at levels both commercial and personal. 
 
Bell’s works can be read as “a love letter or a red flag”. At first glance, the assembled forms and subject matter appear simple and commonplace. Geometric shapes and velvety textures call on the recognizable, like candy that could melt in your hand. Upon closer examination, bits and stories of daily American life can be found: of longing, guilt, indulgence, and impulse. Much like our culture of persuasive advertising, the packaging in these paintings mimics the consumable; attractive image and texture triggers desire.
 
Thompson’s translucent surfaces call on the problems of transparency; both physical and figurative. The painting frame is shown in varying degrees of obscured visibility through clear vinyl employing synthetic dessert-like mediums that blur, gloop, and cover. The frame and wall–where exposed–become part of the image while also disrupting it. The viewer’s inclination to explore what is above, in between, and below unveils details in the constructed image and object. Through gestures of concealing/revealing, and the suggestion of the familiar, these works allude to vulnerability, desire, and the competing inclination to either remain private, or explicitly share.


[1]Gobet, Fernand, et al. “What’s in a Name? The Multiple Meanings of ‘Chunk’ and ‘Chunking.’” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4746241/.

500x Members Show

“Sunset” on the left and “Feeling Good!” on the right
Hamburger House
Skylight