PLATFORM 13: Roberley Bell, The Shape of the Afternoon

Roberley Bell,  The Shape of the Afternoon, 2014.
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On View May 16, 2014 - Oct 06, 2014
DeCordova’s Rappaport Roof Terrace and adjacent gallery are transformed into a fantastical faux sculpture garden in PLATFORM 13: Roberley Bell, The Shape of the Afternoon. Amoeba-shaped Astroturf, real and fake flowers, abstracted bird decoys, plastic fruit, resin planters, and Blob sculptures come together in Bell’s colorful comingling of nature and its synthetic counterpart. In addition to her outdoor gardenscape, the artist also transforms the adjacent interior gallery into a domestic scene with plush carpet, painted walls, and shelves displaying a still-life tableau.
Bell’s work questions the natural in daily life by placing the copied, altered, and designed flora of the built landscape in direct relationship to living nature. Through brightly hued material juxtapositions, her installation The Shape of the Afternoon challenges the distinction between natural and artificial, and explores the human desire to control the surroundings.
PLATFORM is a series of solo exhibitions by early- and mid-career artists from both the New England and national arts communities. These shows focus on work that engages with deCordova’s unique spaces, both indoors and outdoors, and social, geographical, and physical location. The PLATFORM series is intended as a support for creativity and expression of new ideas, and as a catalyst for dialogue about contemporary art.
This PLATFORM exhibition is generously funded by James and Audrey Foster.      

Roberley Bell spent her childhood in Latin America and Southeast Asia, before returning to the United States to attend the University of Massachusetts and State University of New York at Alfred from where she holds an MFA in Sculpture. Bell is the recipient of many grants and fellowships including two from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a Fulbright to the Netherlands and several residency awards.

Bell's work has been exhibited in both one person and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Dieu Donne Gallery, NYC; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Fassbender-Stevens Gallery, Chicago Black and White Gallery, Brooklyn , Paul Petro Gallery Toronto and several Art Fairs. Bell has completed public site projects in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and New York. 

Meet the Artist: Roberley Bell
Thursday, June 5, 6:30 pm
Join artist Roberley Bell for a discussion of how her project explores issues of gardening, design, the great outdoors, and the world of fine art and sculpture. Moderated by Assistant Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan.
$10 | Free for Members
Registration is required. 
Conversation with a Curator
Sunday, August 24, 4 pm
Koch Curatorial Fellow Samantha Cataldo discusses PLATFORM 13.