POSTMODERN BLUES | Artist John Bell mounts first solo
show in Utah in three years.
Nox Contemporary is pleased to present a new exhibition
by John Bell entitled, Postmodern Blues. This is Bell's
first solo show in Utah since 2009 after exhibiting out
of the state with multiple shows in Miami, Los Angeles and
During the opening Bell will be signing copies of a self-published
chapbook, Fresh Oil!, in which the artist has a humorous
and revealing conversation with himself. The exhibition
runs through May 4th.
The exhibition is comprised of several new and revisited
pieces shown for the first time inUtah including paintings,
installation, mixed media and a photographical display,
Portraits without Faces, where the subject's primary source
of expression, their face is removed and replaced with a
mask. At the core of the exhibition are Bell's paintings,
wrought with recurring images of celebrities, modern art
masters, monkeys and iconic cartoon characters, many of
which are appropriated from what Bell likes to call "Google
collaborations." The late actor Dennis Hopper and his
many acting personas appear in one large canvas, google
search; menace, june 5, 2010 (see photo). The piece inspired
by the word menace typed into Google, Bell choose images
from the top 10 results and used them in the painting. Working
in this manner Bell says, "Provides an interesting
glimpse into media influence through technology, why are
certain key words attached to an image and the ephemeral
nature of pop culture appetites. The exhibition's title
implies the artist's search for meaning in an increasingly
dystopian cultural climate through process, influences and
the daily annihilation an artist experiences, searching
for meaning in his work through that culture.
About John Bell
John Bell is a nationally emerging artist who describes
his work as postmodern mash up. He combines abstract expressionism,
geometric abstraction, pop art and other movements in contemporary
art. Primarily a painter Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist
incorporating print making, photography, sculpture, text,
installation and performance art. His work depicts wide
ranging themes from social to political, popular culture,
media and the public domain to comment on -- and understand
the complexities of contemporary American culture.
Ohio-born Bell lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Upcoming solo museum exhibitions include Utah Museum of
Contemporary Art and BYU Museum of Art (2013). He has exhibited
in countless solo and group exhibitions, including Art Basel,
Miami, New York's Time Warner Center, Southern Nevada Museum
of Art, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City, UT.
His work has been placed in many private collections throughout
the U.S. and Europe. He has received numerous acknowledgments
and reviews in NY Art World, Blackbook, City Weekly, Utah
Style & Design, Blue Canvas, Seven and 944 magazines
as well as a host of online publications. He is represented
by Mondo Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Brett Wesley Contemporary,
Las Vegas, Cancio Contemporary, Miami/New York.
ut Nox Contemporary
Nox Contemporary is a Salt Lake City-based contemporary
art gallery that seeks to exhibit all forms of contemporary
art, without regard to commercial viability. The gallery's
focus is to exhibit high quality, challenging work from
emerging local and national artists. Nox Contemporary is
directed by John Sproul, a nationally recognized visual
artist and founder of the Utah Foster Art Program. Nox Contemporary
is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., during
the Downtown Gallery Stroll and by appointment.