Washington, DC


Courtesy Robin Bell

From a press release:

“In REFRACTIONS Robin looks back at the 20 years of his history of documenting the world as a filmmaker and taking actions as a social activist. Collaged images and videos of both the archival and newly produced for the show are displayed on televisions and projected on sculptures throughout the space. With mirrors, cameras and other technologies seamlessly weaved into the art pieces, Robin allows the audience to see themselves in the installations and invites them to reflect on their own space in society at an intimate environment of the Lost Origins Gallery. 

Photographic prints of some of his iconic projection work from the archive are available for purchase for the first time. The installation pieces are also for sale.

Exhibition Listing Information
Artist: Robin Bell
Title: REFRACTIONS
Alternative Title: REFRACTIONS -Prints and Projections by Robin Bell
Location: Lost Origins Gallery (3110 Mount Pleasant St. NW, Washington DC 20010)
Gallery Contact: [email protected]
Date: October 4th – October 27th, 2019
Time: Saturday and Sunday: Noon – 5pm, all other times by appointment

Special Events for REFRACTIONS at Lost Origins Gallery

Saturday, October 19th
1pm : “Library of Light” Book Talk with Author Jo Joelson and Robin Bell
3pm : Sound Performance by Jerry Busher
About “Library of Light”: Library of Light is the first truly interdisciplinary book on using light as a creative medium and includes 25 interviews with leading artists and designers written by author and artist Jo Joelson. https://www.lundhumphries.com/products/80853
About Jerry Busher: https://jerrybusher.bandcamp.com/releases
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/525288741628601/

Sunday, October 20th
3pm – 5pm: Artist Talk with Robin Bell
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/778321169271524/

Tuesday, October 22nd
5pm-8pm: Weekday Open Hours with Robin Bell

Friday, October 25th
7pm-10pm: Closing Reception with Musical Performance by Robin Bell
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/446088429595478/

Saturday, October 26th
2pm – 5pm: Music performance by Doug Kallmeyer and Robin Bell
About Doug Kallmeyer: https://www.dougkallmeyer.com
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068662796675826/

Sunday, October 27th
3pm – 6pm: Closing Talk with Tom Bunnel and Robin Bell
About Tom Bunnel: Tom is an artist whose painting work has been exhibited both in the DC area and nationally. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at American University.
Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/525288741628601/

Artist Statement

I have spent most of my life as a filmmaker. I still am one. Documenting things around me is a process of me figuring out how to participate in the world. The act of capturing the world and telling a story constantly changes me. It challenges where I stand and what to do next. The job as a medium, a storyteller is a transformative one by nature.

In physics refraction is the phenomenon when the path of light gets bent as it travels through objects. Rainbow is refraction of color wavelength. Eyeglasses refract light to adjust your eyesight. My work starts with sceneries captured with my eyes and lenses. It is an exercise of reimagining the world as we know it. It’s light traveled through me, you and everybody. It’s in the space between worlds.

In my show REFRACTIONS, I created a space where the audience is invited to be a part of the art pieces and examine the process of my transformation through artmaking. It’s a collage of my personal history and new creations carried out by old and new media for an intimate and immersive setting. We are living in and witnessing an extraordinary social environment. I want to invite you because we are in it together and our work matters more than ever. What we do matters. We matter. Future is uncertain but bright if we choose to shine a light on it.

About Robin Bell

Robin Bell, founder of Bell Visuals, is an award-winning editor, video journalist, and multimedia artist based in Washington, DC. Robin works on a range of creative, political and public interest projects.

Robin’s commitment to social change through the dissemination of information via video, sound and image is present throughout his artistic career. In 2005, Robin co-produced Operation Ceasefire, a seminal anti-war concert on the national mall. His incisive 2017 projection, Emoluments Welcome, on the face of the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC garnered media attention from the BBC, CNN, New York Times, and L.A. Times.
Robin creates permanent public art installations in addition to his ongoing work with ephemeral media forms.”

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