When I first started getting some preliminary research, I looked at some images. The images were of his ‘standing walls’ and his cubes. At first i thought he had no immediate connection to me until I found the some of the paintings he produced on canvas in the 1960’s.
Untitled, 1960, acrylic on canvas, 48 1/2 x 48 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.
Little Blank Ridinghood, 1961, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 65 x 2 1/4 inches.
Homage to Baby Judy, 1960, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 156 inches.
here is an accompanying text on the website.
“Bell found creative motivation in the spirit of good humored competition and, in an attempt to develop a unique artistic style, he began making large geometric paintings using flat monochromatic color fields and shaped canvases that suggested three-dimensional forms. In 1959 he began adding glass to the paintings.”
similarly I developed ‘my’ style in the same way, in search for a unique style. My question is what comes after that?
I think Bell is significant to me in finding why he may of abandoned this on canvas style, it has surely opened my eyes to how much of a gateway style i am producing, it is the next step that defines. In my view on Bell, I less interested in his later works although they are worth knowing about.
Death Hollow, 1962, mirror, glass, paint, silver leaf, 24 x 24 x 8 in.
These works incorporate glass and relied on frontal viewing. They feel like a breaking of the borundaries from the painting works although dont quite go far enough to break free of the confinements.
Cube series II, 1985-86, coated glass, 8 inch square.
The cubes were made using glass, the glass was able to be made reflective on both sides using a process called plating. Bell used the cube to investigate light and the processes made the cube act like a prism for Bell to study the light.