Please join us for an artist’s lecture with Jeff Bell. Bell’s mixed media installation, reNautilus, is currently on view in 21c Durham’s Main Street window vitrines.
ABOUT THE INSTALLATION
“reNautilus is a return to a previous inquiry wherein I explored images of the submarine in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. This project is an examination of objects, materials, and pop culture, filtered through time and my own evolving perceptions. During the building process, I began to consider more traditional storefront installations and designs and worked to allude to some of those concepts here. The videos are simple and constructed from photos, videos of girders (support beams used in construction), and old family home movies. I examine primary references, incorporate additional ones, and evaluate my own history in order to construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct the elements to reflect the visual references and reveal layers of memory I want to expose.” – Jeff Bell, Artist
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jeff Bell is an artist living in Goldsboro, NC. He is the Executive Director of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, NC. Previously, he has worked at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, CAM Raleigh, and 21c Museum Hotel Durham. He received his B.A. from UNC Wilmington in Art History and Studio Art and his M.F.A. from UNC Greensboro in Sculpture. Together with artist Warren Hicks, they created a visual arts podcast called Don’t You Lie To Me, which explores North Carolina artists. Bell’s sculptures have been exhibited across the state and region. He has two sons, Finnegan and Teague.