"I don't really care that much about Pokémon, it was more about a certain aesthetic impulse."
Michael Bell-Smith's digital video, installations and prints evocatively embody our cultural and technological moment. Investigating the circulation and proliferation of images and sound, he charts a history of the viral growth of digital content, from the earliest computer games to the latest online applications. He draws upon Romanticism, Pop, and Minimalism to reflect upon the artist's role in the development of new forms. Simultaneously establishing and dissolving the sense of a digital sublime, he mixes opposing features - flatness and depth, limited and limitless perspective, color and monochromy, motion and stasis, repetition and singularity ‚Äì in dynamic meditations upon the image's hold on truth.
Michael Bell-Smith - born in East Corinth/ME, 1978 - lives and works in Brooklyn. He holds a BA in Semiotics from Brown University, Providence/RI.
Selected exhibitions include: Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS; SFMOMA, San Francisco (both 2010); Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, IL; Macro Future, Rome; New Galerie de France, Paris; Foxy Production, New York; Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn; Cell Project Space, London (all 2009); The 2008 Liverpool Biennial, UK; The 5th Seoul International Media Biennale; Foxy Production, New York (solo); The New Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum, DC; Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, IL (all 2008); Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; MoMA, New York (screening); Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, TX (all 2007); The Museum of Fine Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland (screening); Foxy Production, New York (solo) (both 2006); and Tate Liverpool/UK (2005).