The Stacks

"Landscape in the World," 2003; Ink, gouache, collage on board; 11" x 8 1/2"

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Marc Bell, "The Stacks," from February 5 through March 13, 2004. In his first solo exhibition, Marc Bell seamlessly combines his decade plus comics activities with his lifelong devotion to, as he calls it, "Fine Ahtwerks." The result is cardboard constructions, paintings, and drawings of a fully formed visual world of tubular creatures, inexplicable landscapes, and nonsense words that imply narrative as quickly as they distract from it. His "Layer of the Earth" drawings are a Bedeker's guide to Bell's pen and ink universe, as much related to Philip Guston as medieval celestial maps. Bell's work finds roots here in masterful renderings, typography, and old-fashioned gags, but then grows into assemblages that bring his images into real space, and funny, seat-of-the-pants comic narratives that give his characters an inner life beyond the page.

Marc Bell, 32, lives in Vancouver, B.C., though he's been known to relocate. He has self-published his own books and comics for over a decade, yielding dozens of titles including Mojo Action Companion Unit, Gooma, Knoze Clippah!, and the booklet after which this exhibition was named, The Stacks. He has also serialized his comic strips weekly in The Montreal Mirror and The Halifax Coast, and monthly in Vice Magazine. A pullout poster of Marc Bell's work was featured in the January 2, 2004 issue of The L.A. Weekly, that described his work as "a riddle wrapped in a conundrum further wrapped in salty bacon." A group of fourteen drawings, "Gustun," will be included in the exhibition and the upcoming book, The Ganzfeld 4. His first comic strip collection, Shrimpy and Paul and Friends was released in 2003 from Highwater Books. All of these activities have charted Bell's ever-growing imagination. His artistic universe is at once foreign and familiar, and a riotous, enlightening, and constantly surprising experience.

The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-5:30 P.M. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338.

Special thanks to Dan Nadel, Co-Editor of The Ganzfeld, for his assistance.

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