MARC BELL

Egypt Buncake

May 4 - June 9, 2007

"Egypt Buncake," 2006; Illustration Board, mixed media; 20" x 15" x 1"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARC BELL
Egypt Buncake

May 4 - June 9, 2007

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Marc Bell, "Egypt Buncake," from May 4 through June 9, 2007. In his third 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 over fifty drawings, watercolors, paintings and mixed media constructions of a fully formed visual world of tubular creatures, inexplicable landscapes, and nonsense words that imply narrative as quickly as they distract from it.

One of the works in the exhibition is "Fresh From Kiev #2," 2006, - a drawing with a compartmentalized composition teeming with Bell's manically animated people and quasi animals amidst text rife with free-associations. Also included in the exhibition is the mixed media construction, "Egypt Buncake Lazer Illustration Board," 2006, in which Bell creates a complex melange of people, creatures, forms and funny sayings in a series of mini drawings, paintings and collages that are masterfully and seamlessly recombined. These works have their roots in draftsmanship, typography and old-fashioned gags, but then grow into assemblages that bring his images into real space, and funny, seat-of-the pants comic narratives that give his characters an inner life. There will also be several collaborative ink and watercolor drawings by Marc Bell and Christian Schumann that fuses their idiosyncratic, iconographic, figurative pictorial vocabularies.

Marc Bell, 35, lives in Vancouver, B.C. A monograph of his work, edited by Dan Nadel, will be released in 2008 by Picture Box. Marc Bell's work was featured in The New York Times magazine Play, 2006. He was the editor and contributor to Nog a Dod: Prehistoric Canadian Psychedoolia, 2006 - a survey of contemporary self published Canadian art booklets. Bell has also self published his own books and comics for over a decade, yielding dozens of titles including Mojo Action Companion Unit, Gooma, Knoze Clippah! He has serialized his comic strips weekly in The Montreal Mirror and The Halifax Coast, and monthly in Vice Magazine. His first comic strip collection, Shrimpy and Paul and Friends was released in 2003 from Highwater Books. In 2004, Bell's book The Stacks was released by Drawn and Quarterly and Fantographics published Marc Bell's Worn Tuff Elbow. Bell's work has been included in several anthology books such as Ganzfeld 3, 4, and 5 (guest editor), Kramer's Ergot 4,5 and 6 and Made magazine. His work was recently included in the exhibition Bit By Bit at the Contemporary Art Gallery Museum in Vancouver. 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. A preview of the exhibition can be seen at www.adambaumgoldgallery.com. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338.

Special thanks to Dan Nadel, Editor of The Ganzfeld and Picture Box for his assistance.

 

"It Ain't Easy Bein' Maw Peazie (Modurn Informalism)," 2006
Mixed media on board
20" x 15"

"My Inner Foot Says (The Fundementals Are Out Of Wack)," 2007
Mixed Media On Paper
30 1/8" x 22 1/2"

"My Inner Foot Says (The Fundementals Are Out Of Wack)," 2007 (detail)
Mixed Media On Paper
30 1/8" x 22 1/2"

"Complaint Dept." 2006
Mixed Media On Board
20" x 15"

"Complaint Dept." 2006 (detail)
Mixed Media On Board
20" x 15"

"Aug Bullion," 2006
Mixed media on board
22 1/8" x 11 3/8"

"The Story Of The Pile Of Bacon," 2006
Mixed media on board
14" x 10 7/8 "

"Stub 4 (Society)," 2006
Mixed media on board
7" x 5"

"Stub 5 (Shy)," 2006
Mixed media on board
7" x 5"

"Jcheeerrupp," 2006
Mixed Media On Paper
14" x 11"

"He Wore A Tall Pointed Hat," 2006
Mixed media on board
7" x 5"

"Faux Pas Fussbucket (One Egg Brownies), "2005
Mixed media on board
8 1/2" x 6 5/8"

"Catered Party (Stale and Hiding)," 2005
Mixed media on board
9" x 6"

"Bells TRAD (looked like)," 2005
Mixed media on board
10" x 8"

"TRAD GOLD," 2005
Mixed media on board
11 1/8" x 8 1/16"

"(Woof it's) DOG SHIT ARTIST CO," 2005
Mixed media on board
11 1/4" x 8 1/2"

"Koff (Japan)," 2006
Mixed media construction
11 1/2" x 5" x 1 3/8"

"Cheeper Than Tuba Player (May 16th
Flugtag)," 2006
Mixed media on board
10" x 7 5/8"

"Koff Pom Pon (Sensible Shooz)," 2006
Mixed media on board
9 ¾" x 6 3/8"

"Skinny Fighter Pilot on a Stink Reconnaissance," 2007 (detail)
Mixed Media On Paper
16 1/4" x 12 1/4"

"BACONBEHINDEAR (psychological formation)," 2006
Mixed media on board
13" x 9 1/2"

"Phew! Comics Ain't Butter," 2006
Ink and watercolour on paper
16" x 20 5/8"

"World Cup Factorama," 2006
Watercolour On Paper
20 1/2" x 22.1/4"

"Fresh From Kiev #2," 2006
Ink and Watercolour On Paper
16" x 20"

"Fresh From The Silver Pumpkin," 2006
Ink and Watercolour On Pape
22 1/2" x 17 1/4"

"Come to Me My Pet," 2007
Collaboration with Christian Schumann
Ink and Watercolor On Pape
11" x 14"


"Hey Flotsam ," 2007
Collaboration with Christian Schumann
Ink and Watercolor On Pape
11" x 14"

"Monument to Space Cadet," 2007
Collaboration with Christian Schumann
Ink and Watercolor On Pape
11" x 14"

"Purple Cement (I"ve Set Up my Own Parallel Government)," 2007
Collaboration with Christian Schumann
Ink and Watercolor On Pape
11" x 14"

"Gobbli-Gook Defense Shield," 2006
Ink and watercolour on paper
9 3/8" x 6 3/8

"Index To May 16 Student Pandemic," 2006
Ink and watercolour on paper
10 1/4" x 7"

"To Gnostic Pizza Esq. (August 10th)," 2006
Ink and watercolour on paper
10 1/4" x 7"

"(It's The Leader's Resposibility To) Get Me Jazzed," 2005
Ink and watercolor on paper
14' x 11'

"International Doodle Week #9 ("Leaving You Room To
Breathe")," 2005
Ink and watercolor on paper
8" x 10"

"Sluggish," 2005
Ink and watercolor on paper
11.5" x 5.5"

"Corkhead We Come In Peace," 2005
Ink and Watercolour on Paper
10" x 8"

"Chauncey Boy," 2005
Ink And Watercolour on Paper
14" x 11.25"

"I'll Be Fine, I've Got This Ability To Put a Shield Up Around Me (Don'ts Lookin)," 2005
Ink and Watercolour On Paper
13.25" x 11"

"This Is Gnee-o Gneppotism," 2005
Ink and watercolour on paper
13 x 22"

"VerilyThis is Gneppotism Gnew Gloo #1," 2005
Ink and watercolour on paper
13" x 22"


"Verily This Is Gneppotism Gnoo Gloo#2," 2005
Ink And Watercolour On Paper
16" x 22"

"Not Comics Or Video Game ("The Cost Of Living),"2005
Watercolour On Paper
14" x 11"

"TRAD SCORN USED FURN (100 cousins on thet side)," 2005
Ink and Watercolour on Paper
14" x 11.25"


"Confirmed," 2005
Ink and watercolor on paper
11.5" x 9"

"Hudson Mack Turbidity," 2006
Mixed media on contemporary art gallery show invite
17 ½" x 11 1/2"

Untitled ("Hat Friend"), 2006
Ink on page from Canadian business
magazine
10 3/4" x 8"


"Cob Haus Crisis," 2006
Mixed media on contemporary art gallery show invite
17 ½" x 11 1/2"

"Kuh Kuh Kuh Kuh Buncake," 2006
Mixed media on contemporary art gallery show invite
17 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Ol' Mug
18 ½ " x 15"
Ink On Paper, 2006

Wall Of Sound!
ink on paper, 2006
14" x 11"

"STOP THE CASSETTE: I like Frozen Gravy," 2006
Ink on paper
12" x 8 1/8"

"Haircut Bonus Footage," 2005
Ink on paper
13 1/2"' x 11'

"International 8 Legged Doodle Week," 2005
Ink on paper
9" x 13"


"George Lucas Carried Me Throo The Muck," 2005
Ink on paper
12" x 8.25"

"End Of The Eath" 2005
Ink on Paper
11" x 9.5"

 

Previous Exhibitions:
MARK BELL: BLOO CHIP
  MARK BELL:The Stacks
 
Press:
NATIONAL POST- NOV. 18, 2009
THE NEW YORK SUN- MAY 7, 2007
  THE NEW YORK TIMES
THE NEW YORK SUN
  THE NEW YORK SUN
  THE NATIONAL POST
 
Bio:
MARC BELL BIO

 

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