Brian Seethaller Talking About Bell's Work
February 22, 2010
"John Bell's latest work--informed by architectural principles, social interaction, mid-century expressionism, and philosophical and practical inquiry, is notable because it has blown through the established intersections of abstract expressionism and modern social and graphic design to exist in a new and singularly relevant space. There are a number of proficient modern artists working in Salt Lake today, but John's work stands far above the crowd's by continuing to stretch artistic boundaries while maintaining surprisingly accessible connections to the human condition that has inspired great art always, desire, love, despair, confusion, contemplation, reflection, doubt, and inner peace are all evidenced in works that also challenge our ideas of form, color, kinetics, and spatial relationships. I don't mind in any way sounding turgid when describing John's work, because once you experience it personally, you'll understand how bombast and powerful composition and execution can change your way of thinking about art and architecture and, well, life."
Brian Seethaler, Pop Shops
photo from John Bell's Size Matters show at the Pop Shops, 2009.