Andrew Bell’s 3D works in his ongoing, dystopian Moterwerks series are a captivating combo of mechanics, sculpture and mixed media. The Variant Series at the Ingram Gallery in Toronto focuses on Bell’s female aeronaut and characters in sculptural forms. (Above: Variant – station 1 (2011) 13.5 x 22.5 x 3 mixed media)
-Left: Variant 2 – (2011) 21 x 8 x 11 mixed media; Right: Variant 5 – (2011) 27 x 6.5 x 17 mixed media
Andrew Bell’s photo-based mixed-media pieces, including Idoru Zero II, depict a protagonist dubbed “The Aeronaut” as she navigates a Mad Max-meets- Metropolis world fractured by humankind’s lust for power and control. Melding pseudo-historical and science ﬁction elements with visual techniques employed by the modern mass media, the Soviet-style images remind us that the machines of corporate and political repression remain subtly pervasive to this day. –Where, Toronto review.
The scope of Bell’s work through the series is stunning. Take a closer look via the gallery’s Andrew Bell link.
“Bell’s photo-based work is transferred on to plaster and concrete, then built up with tar and oil paint, creating Communist style, billboard-like images. Often, Bell employs text written in Turkish, Mandarin or Czech (see below), leaving the text untranslated, although he knows the meaning of the words himself. He tells us that the messages are all positive, despite the somewhat menacing effect.” Ingram Gallery