Roberley Bell’s Seussian sculptures often seem as if they have grown spontaneously out of their surrounding environment, like genetically engineered crops cultivated by some insane horticulturist.
But, of course, her work is meticulously designed to seem natural. That tension between the organic look of her work and the use of technology to create it – the fertile space between nature and artifice – is a central theme of “Roberley Bell: Some Things,” which runs through May 29 in the Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery (1250 Niagara St.).
“Like the current trend in design where buildings and form adopt an organic structure that is made possible only though computer-aided technologies, my ‘Other Landscapes’ sculptures reveal themselves as natural forms, though they are, in fact, paradoxically based on nothing that exists in nature,” Bell said in a statement.
As part of the exhibition, Bell, who lives in Bethany and teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will appear at the gallery at 6:30 p.m. Friday for a conversation with Albright-Knox Art Gallery public art curator Aaron Ott. The gallery also will sponsor a conversation between Buffalo artist Gary Sczerbaniewicz and Castellani Art Museum curator Michael Beam at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Niagara Falls museum.
– Colin Dabkowski