Jan 29 2015

Artist Talk | Michael Bell-Smith: Notes On Paper

Thurs | 7pm

Rip, fold, crumple, mark, shred, pile, file. In a new talk, Michael Bell-Smith uses paper as a metaphor to discuss his practice, influences, and interests.

Michael Bell-Smith (East Corinth, ME, 1978) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in Semiotics from Brown University, Providence, RI; and an MFA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Michael Bell-Smith takes familiar visual elements – from games, advertising, interiors, and corporate design, among other places – and positions them within unexpected conceptual frameworks. His digital animations and appropriations wryly reflect upon our cultural moment: as he tracks the circulation and proliferation of images and sounds, he charts a rapidly changing history of viral content. He mixes flatness with deep perspectives, and motion and stillness, in dynamic meditations on the image’s hold on truth.


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