Thomas Robertello Gallery’s new space will include a tiny 4 × 6-foot micro gallery. This small project space will be devoted to a single artist for one year at a time, much like a small residency. Artists, curators, academics, writers, collectors, and the general public are invited to explore in depth the work, process, and practice of one artist throughout the entire year through the presentation of small work, video, written material, drawing, and other archived materials relevant to the artist’s interests. These presentations will change in coordination with the exhibition schedule in the gallery’s main space. This unique offering will allow for greater length and depth of exposure to the work of one artist, culminating in a solo exhibition at the end of the year-long process. The first such project of this nature will be devoted to Jason Robert Bell: The Tetragrammatron Archive. Bell’s first installment includes the collaged debasement of a Bergdorf Goodman catalog. Turning the gorgeous models into creatures of darkness, subverting the rich and creating comic book recession art are among the ways Bell casts his limitless characters and figures.
Jason Robert Bell graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a BFA in painting in 1995, and the Yale School of Art, with an MFA in painting in 2000. His ongoing experiments in translating metaphysical concepts into expressive visual and poetic communications will be featured for the next year at Thomas Robertello Gallery as The Tetragrammatron Archive. Bell’s paintings, drawings, experimental films, sculptures, graphic works, internet pieces, outdoor installations, and theatrical performances have been exhibited and performed around the world.