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SELECTED WORKS BY Dirk Bell

Abgrund (Abyss)

Abgrund (Abyss)

Dirk Bell
Abgrund (Abyss)

2008

Mixed media on canvas, curtain, mirror pieces, bones, wood, paint, neon lamp, electric cable

204.7 x 174.5 x 14.4 cm
Dirk Bell’s intimate figurative drawings and paintings unveil a new way of depicting and perceiving sensuality, like an evanescent but still present memory. In works such as the delicate Rabbit’s Moon (2007), with its illusion of a watery craquelure all over its surface, and the darker, more violently rendered Wolf Hamlet Madonna Elmex (2006), the artist revisits traditional genres and compositions – the memento mori still life, the symbolic representation of the human figure – filtering and compressing art historical references with a contemporary sense of dismantlement and disintegration.
Wolf Hamlet Madonna Elmex
Dirk Bell
Wolf Hamlet Madonna Elmex

2006

Mixed media on canvas

230 x 140 cm
The pictures within the frame of Rabbit’s Moon, depicting posing figures, illustrations in books, and other less easily identifiable shapes, are on the same illusory plane as the skull, glass of wine, bottle and ashtray next to which they stand, and contain the same visually hallucinogenic power.

In the limb-plagued Wolf Hamlet Madonna Elmex, two figures, one holding the other, are set against a background full of multiple marks suggesting motion. The exact meaning of the work is as impenetrable as similarly gestural prehistoric cave paintings.
Rabbit's Moon
Dirk Bell
Rabbit's Moon

2007

Mixed media on canvas

160 x 276 cm
Nowhere is Bell’s embracing call for a new kind of ungraspable but overpowering figurative sensuality proposed more clearly than in Abgrund (Abyss) (2008). A naked figure, painted in soft brushwork and installed under a neon light, is partly revealed by a half-drawn lace curtain. A ledge running along the bottom of the frame holds broken mirror shards and charred pieces of bone. A certain frustration hovers over the work. Abyss, Bell explains, ‘marks a point of no return… The mirror shards can be used to look into fragments of the future, whereas the past as well as memory are spread out before one’s eyes and can be looked at… The cindered bones are relics of a picnic at the roadside…The whole scenery can be veiled by the curtain.’

Dirk Bell's BIOGRAPHY

Dirk  Bell
Born in 1969, Munich
Lives and works in Berlin



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2012
Bitte Danke, Pavillon der Volksbühne, Berlin
BQ, Berlin (part of Art Berlin Contemporary)
SOFT IS HARD (Work), Sadie Coles HQ, London
Grid(love)r, Melas Papadopoulos, Athens (with Frederic Detjens and Marcus Steinweg)

2011
The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Pinakothek der Moderne, München

2010
Made in Germany, The Modern Institute, Glasgow
Made in Germany, Sadie Coles, London
Made in Germany, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Paradise Lost, Kunstverein Arnsberg
PANIKEARTH, BQ, Berlin

2009
Dirk Bell LI’ve is LI’ve, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin
7 x 14, 6. Teil der Ausstellungsreihe 7 x 14, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden

2008
Opening, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

2007
BQ, Cologne

2006
Modern Institute, Glasgow
Kunsthalle Bremerhaven
Dirk Bell (with Kitty Kraus & Ulrich Wulff), 620A/ Gavin Brown’s enterprise, NY

2005
BQ, Cologne

2003
BQ, Cologne (C)
The Modern Institute, Glasgow

2002
Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York

2001
BQ, Cologne, (C)

2000
One day it will all make sense, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (with F.
Kunath), weekend-show

1999
Hobbypop, Düsseldorf (with A. Reyle)

1998
Why are my friends such finks, BQ, Köln (with F. Kunath), (C)


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Boros Collection #2, Boros Collection, Berlin
Cosmic Laughter: timewave zero, then what?, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unterowisheim,
Germany

2011
Gesamtkunstwerk:New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London
Melanchotopia, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2010
Enlightenment, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V., Berlin
The Menippean Uprising, blank projects, Cape Town
Captain Pamphile, Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg
A moving plan B - Chapter ONE“, The Drawing Room, London
Under One Umbrella, Bergen Kunsthall, Norwegen
Old Ideas, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel

2009
You will miss me when I burn,Mountgomery Gallery, Berlin
Modern Modern,Chelsea Art Museum, New York, curated by Pati Hertling
Berlin 2000, Pace Wildenstein, New York
Freier Fall. Magazin für Befindlichkeit, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

2007
Every Eye sees differently as the Eye, The Drawing Room, London
Pure Self Expression, Kölnischer Kunstverein

2006
Blake & Sons, Model Arts and Niland Gallery ,The Mall, Sligo Ireland
Bonanza,Tilton Gallery, New York
Freier a magazine for sensibilities, Art:Concept, Paris

2005
Blake & Sons Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland (traveling)
The third peak, Art:Concept, Paris

2004
Kunst macht Schule – l’art fait ecole, Saarland Museum; Caves
Sainte Croix, Metz
Sommer Photo Ausstellung, Galerie Merettich im Glaspavillion an de Volksbuhne, Berlin
Jetz und 10 Jahre Davor, Kunst-Werke, Berlin
Der spate Liebhaber, Neue Dokumente, Berlin

2003
Deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Frankfurter Kunstverein (C)
Painting on the Roof, Staedtisches Museum Abteiberg, Moenchengladbach (C)
Minerals in the Water, The Changing Room, Stirling, (C)
Dirty Pictures, The Approach, London
EU3-Drawing, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (September 2003)
Vom Horror der Kunst, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

2002
Roma Roma Roma, Rome
Grosse Kunstausstellung Sommer 2002 im Pazifik, PAZIFIK, Berlin
Friede Freiheit Freunde, Maschenmode Galerie Guido W.Baudach, Berlin
Tiere 2003, Wohnung der Eheleute Hermann & Elfriede Paime, Immenstad

2001
Circles Nr. 5: Berlin – Montagna Sacra, ZKM, Karlsruhe, (C)
Viva November, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, (C)
1995-2001, BQ, Cologne

2000
Parking Meters, Köln
Make my paper sound, Studiogalerie Kunstverein Braunschweig (C)
Malerei VI Monika Sprueth Galerie, Cologne

1998
Junge Kunst im Zweiten, Staatstheater Braunschweig