Weekly Pick: Jason Robert Bell at Thomas Robertello Gallery

This week, we’re excited to see Jason Robert Bell, who has been showing monthly in the Thomas Robertello Gallery project space for the past year or so. In this exhibition in the main space, the artist’s use of his own imagined narrative looks to be a fascinating convergence of different disciplines.

JASON ROBERT BELL: The One Man Army Corpse

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present The One Man Army Corpse: a solo exhibition by Brooklyn, New York based artist Jason Robert Bell. The exhibition opens with a public reception Friday March 16, 6:00 – 8:00PM and continues through April 28, 2012.

The One Man Army Corpse presents a highly charged alternative reality in which monstrous totemic paintings and assemblages act as temple guardians to a new sacred text written by Bell: The White Feathered Octopus. This science fiction novel is presented as an element within a sculptural installation. All of the works in the exhibit are directly inspired by this limited edition text, which seeks to describe the superimposition of the human mind upon reality.

Each work presented employs unexpected fusions of abstraction, figuration, and the readymade to confront issues of portraiture, social ills, personal loss, sexual dynamics, metaphysics, and contemporary art making itself, with absurd humor and phantasmagoric abandon. The paintings induce Pareidolia; the psychological visual phenomenon of seeing human faces, by use of materials culled from the discarded ruins of consumerism intermixed with deeply sentimental objects of the artist and fetishes of a world gone wrong. The material and emotional rawness of the work marks a dramatic shift for Bell.

Jason Robert Bell graduated from the School of the Art Institute Chicago with a BFA in Painting in 1995, and the Yale School of Art’s MFA program in 2000. Bell’s paintings, drawings, sculpture, experimental films, outdoor installations, and performances have been exhibited in New York, most recently at Postmasters Gallery and the Fountain Art Fair, Boston, Miami, Washington DC, Baltimore, San Francisco, Tokyo, and many times in Chicago.

Thomas Robertello Gallery is located at 27 N Morgan St, Chicago