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Roberley Bell: Inside Out
by Ivy Cooper

Roberley Bell’s “Inside Out” at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis was a breathtaking mini-retrospective and the sculptor’s largest show to date. Installed in Laumeier’s indoor galleries, it included prints, sculptures from the “Flower Blobs,” “Other Landscapes,” and “Wonder” series, an installation titled Room with a View, and an artist’s book, A Borrowed View. It was a delectable collection, the sculpture, in particular, teeming with artificial flowers and fruits and creatures arranged in elaborate, candy-colored assemblages designed to dazzle the sensibilities. From the moment that one stepped into the galleries, the visual pleasure was mildly disrupted by an audio distraction in the form of chirps, bangs, and thuds.

Room with a View, 2009.
Pigmented fiberglass, polychrome steel, found china bird, wood, foam mats, blown glass,
plastic ducks, flowers, artificial lemon tree, and inflatable, installation view.


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