"Perform Chinatown" - One day only 6pm - Midnight. Performances by Morganne Wakefield, Elana Mann, Tricia Lawless Murray, Maya Lujan, Marjan Vayghan, John Bell.
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Artist John Bell to host a dinner party in the streets of Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Salt Lake City, July 7, 2011 – Utah-based artist John Bell will participate in Perform Chinatown, a performance Art Festival in the Chinatown neighborhood at Chung King Road and greater Chinatown in Los Angeles, CA, Saturday July 30th, 6:00 p.m. to midnight (one night only). Over 40 performances are expected to take place inside and outside the galleries of Chinatown. This is the third installment of Perform Chinatown organized by Tom Jancar of Jancar Gallery and Lee Lynch, curated by Micol Hebron. Hebron has chosen Bell and another Utah-based artist Morganne Wakefield for Jancar’s roster of artists for Perform Chinatown after having been a participant herself in the previous two years in an event formally known as Perform Now. “I am delighted to include these excellent artists as part of Perform Chinatown this year. John Bell and Morganne Wakefield are both doing innovative and thought provoking pieces that I know will significantly enhance the events of the evening. They are each doing participatory works, so I hope that visitors will actively participate in both of their performances,” says Hebron.
Bell’s new performance series entitled, “yours, mine & everyone’s” is a dinner party-cum-performance for 20 plus participants in the street outside the gallery. The work is the second in a series, the first of which, Bell hosted recently at his home, entitled “the 7 deadly commonalities” with bold, horizontal text screen printed across the canvas reading, EAT DRINK DEFEFATE WORK FUCK SLEEP REPEAT DIE. The dinner table(s) are covered with the large canvases. The canvases become the backdrop, or in this case, the table cloth at a dinner party. Throughout the course of the dinner, guests are encouraged to use, or play with their food and whatever else is available to them (wine, candles, corks, matches, pens, etc.) to react to and complete the canvas, with the artist assuming the role of facilitator and documentarian. “I have made the first mark on the canvas, using text that draws on shared feelings and common experiences; the text is chosen to provoke, but also to inspire dialog and break down socially awkward barriers between a mixed group of people,” explains Bell.
The genesis for this piece is based on Bell’s personal experiences.” I have pulled out paper, board, pen, paint, at dinner parties and have made art with friends more times than I can remember. But these events have always been clearly divided. Socialize, drink, eat, drink some more and then make art. This got me thinking not only about the separation between daily life and art, but also the separation between the act of the artist in the studio creating art and then -- later on sharing it with an audience. This series of work is about removing the distance between those experiences and merging communal and social experience, the people, and the act of creating art as one,” says Bell.
Micol Hebron is a curator, artist, writer and co-founder of artist collectives including LA Art Girls, and the Elizabeth’s. She has curated numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, where she serves as Senior Curator of exhibitions at the Salt Lake Art Center.
John Bell is a nationally emerging artist who has been lauded as an” indiscriminate genre-blender.” He fuses abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop art as well as many other artistic styles. He employs recurring images of iconic popular culture, snippets of news feeds, and social media references, sociopolitical issues and the ever-fluctuating values of contemporary American culture. Born (1967) Canton, Ohio, Bell lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. His work has been placed in many private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe and has exhibited in countless group and solo exhibitions, including Art Basel, Miami, New York’s Time Warner Center, Southern Nevada Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, CA and Salt Lake City, UT. His work and mid-century modern home has been highlighted in the Los Angeles-based, lifestyle, and culture-centric 944 Magazine. Other press accolades include a profile in the national art magazine Blue Canvas (Los Angeles), a cover editorial in Seven Magazine, (Las Vegas), entitled Beyond Pop; The man and message behind the paint. His work and home have also been featured in a cover article in Utah Style and Design, and hailed as an “artist on the rise” by Salt Lake Magazine. He has received numerous acknowledgments and reviews in NY Art World, Blackbook, City Weekly, Salt Lake City, Seven and Deseret Companion magazines (Las Vegas) as well as a host of online publications. He is represented by Mondo Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Brett Wesley Contemporary, Las Vegas, Cancio Contemporary, Miami/New York.