Light Knot, 2020

Larry Bell
Chouinard ’59
Portrait of man

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Light Knot, 2020

Box Dimensions:  14 × 15 × 15½ inches

Sculpture Dimensions: Variable

Media: Polyester Film Coated with Aluminum and Silicon Monoxide, Optium

Edition of 10 with 4 APs

Signed and numbered by the Artist

Published by Lisa Ivorian-Jones for CalArts

Artwork photos: Jeff McLane

Current sales price: $20,000

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Larry Bell (Chouinard 1957 – 1959) is known foremost for his refined surface treatment of glass, as well exploring the ways that light, reflection, and shadow interact with it. Bell’s significant oeuvre extends from painting and works on paper to glass sculptures and furniture design. For CalArts 50+50, Bell continues his investigation of light and perception with a new edition from his Light Knot series. For each work, Bell vacuum-coated a thin sheet of polyester film with aluminum and silicon monoxide before twisting into its shape. The coating process produces a unique mirror-like surface, reflecting the environment while simultaneously absorbing and refracting light. Suspended within their transparent Plexiglas vitrines, each ‘Light Knot’ becomes weightless, shifting from the gravity acting upon the object’s own surface tension.

About Larry Bell

Larry Bell was born in Chicago in 1939 and splits his time between Taos, New Mexico and Venice, California. Bell attended Chouinard  in the late 1950s, studying under Robert Irwin. Bell’s work has been positioned at the intersection of Southern California’s Light and Space Movement and New York Minimalism.

In the 1960s, Bell emerged among a circle of avant-garde artists who shared a spirit of experimentation, invention, and discovery. In addition to  Irwin, Bell also worked alongside James Turrell, and John McCracken. In New York City, where he lived for several years beginning 1965, Bell met life-long friends John Chamberlain, Donald Judd, and Frank Stella. Incorporating influences of both East and West Coast schools of thought, Bell experimented  with technically advanced approaches to harnessing the optic possibilities of glass as a medium for absorbing, reflecting, and transmitting light.

Artist portrait by Paul O_Conner.

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