roberley bell: [un]natural landscapes


What do we consider our natural environment?

This fall, explore Roberley Bell's indoor and outdoor exhibition, [un]natural landscapes, created specifically for the Hermitage. Her colorful, playful forms will delight visitors of all ages as they encounter pieces and plantings reminiscent of the museum outdoors and organic, biomorphic forms in conversation with the museum's collection indoors.

The exterior project invites visitors to discover Bell's conversation between the real and artificial in nature. Her lively, mobile forms of brilliant color provide seating areas for social engagement. Live plantings of flowers and trees mimic the statuary inside the museum. The backdrop of the installation is a secluded area, surprising visitors as they walk the path from the museum to find the area now brilliantly alive and enticing.

The indoor project introduces site-specific works into six of the museum’s galleries to create a dialog between Bell’s abstract, organic forms and the more conventional artifacts from the museum’s collection. These works ask us to revisit our assumptions about what we consider to be our natural environment. The tableaux balances the colors and materials of the 21st century with those of artifacts in the collection. Visitors are invited to see the collection in a completely new light and to consider the distance between the art forms.

Roberley Bell lives and works in upstate New York. Her work has been exhibited in one person and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including at deCordova Sculpture Park in Massachusetts, Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, and museums in Turkey, Austria and Russia. In 2001, she exhibited at the Old Dominion University gallery. Bell has completed public projects in Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Kaliningrad, Russia and Istanbul, Turkey.

Open through December 7, 2015

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