Robin Bell: Sound, Video, Spirituality

Video artist Robin Bell.

This will be my third year doing an audio-visual remix response to an exhibition at The Phillips Collection. The museum has one of the finest collections in the world, and I feel honored to be able to do my craft here.

The Phillips Collection is a living museum, and it is a joy to be able to contribute to helping pieces grow and take on a life beyond their original meaning, while maintaining the ideas and concepts of the original work. I primarily use still and video cameras to capture the world around me and am always inspired by the artists who capture the emotions in canvas and sculptures.

I usually visit the museum a few times before I start filming for my visual responses. For this show I came twice to just look at exhibitions and space and then I filmed three times in the museum. This time I was very lucky to be able to interview and film one of the artists on exhibit, Alwar Balasubramaniam. I am responding to his work and the spirituality in the art of Wassily Kandinsky. Working with the footage I filmed I crafted it into a live audio-visual show that you can see on August 4.

In my studio I have a poster from my great uncle Leland Bell’s show at The Phillips Collection, which was on display in 1986. When I take breaks, I look at the poster, and it reminds me of his pursuit to find meanings and rhythm within life and to depict them in a work of art. I feel lucky to be able to continue that pursuit with the video work that I do. This show is very special to me as Leland Bell, Wassily Kandinsky, and Alwar Balasubramaniam have the same drive to include many meanings inside quite beautiful pieces of art.

-Robin Bell, video artist

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