Michael Bell-Smith - Glitter Grade & Glitter Bend

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Michael Bell-Smith creates imagined or fabricated dream-spaces. His two painterly wall-mounted pieces Glitter Grade (2007) and Glitter Bend (2008) each creates feelings of inter-galactic travel, skimming over the surface of the earth or soaring over an electrified cityscape.

The two pixilated landscapes are similar, but while Glitter Grade is composed of ordered rows, Glitter Bend is curved, suggesting a radical shift in scale. This simple bend, coupled with the minimal, reduced structures of both compositions, suggests how representation can be built from smaller abstract elements and formal gestures.