Chicago

Larry Bell

Alan Koppel Gallery

Larry Bell has been making glass cubes for over forty years, continually refining and adjusting an already classic, pristine form. His work has come to embody a summa of West Coast Minimalism—crisp and rigorous, spartan and geometric, yet touched with a subtle ambient light and color that makes it a platform for surprisingly delicate and emotive nuances. Bell’s cubes, along with the work of California colleagues including Robert Irwin and James Turrell, offer softer gradations than Minimalism’s seemingly inflexible profile, deploying natural light to inject perceptual poetics into what otherwise might be sterner stuff.

Bell’s methodology has long involved a kind of alchemy in which complex machinery is used for transubstantiation. His procedure involves placing a small pellet of Inconel, an alloy of nickel and chrome, into a vacuum chamber with a thin glass plate. Under these conditions,

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