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Michael Bell-Smith, Rabbit Season, Duck Season, 2014, HD video, color, sound, 5 minutes 18 seconds.

Michael Bell-Smith

Foxy Production

Michael Bell-Smith, Rabbit Season, Duck Season, 2014, HD video, color, sound, 5 minutes 18 seconds.

Like a marriage vow or a death sentence, the announcement inaugurating “rabbit season” or “duck season” is a speech act that changes everything, particularly if you are a duck or a rabbit. Or, for that matter, a wabbit. Michael Bell-Smith’s “Rabbit Season, Duck Season,” his fourth solo exhibition at Foxy Production, took its title from the existential comedy set-pieces enacted by Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd in the 1951 Looney Tunes short Rabbit Fire, in which duck and rabbit attempt to outwit each other—and their hunter—by switching game seasons and thusly reasserting whose turn it is to die.

Bell-Smith’s new video (all works 2014) opens with alternating high-definition shots of glisteningly lush forest foliage and windblown white clouds on a blue sky, with a sound track consisting of the pastoral swells of Edvard Grieg’s 1876 “Morning Mood” suite from Peer

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