Sex and violence: Michael Bell artwork: ‘Carnevale Italiano: Ticket to Ride Prequel Series’
Sex and violence are Michael Bell main topics. Sex and violence and a perfect technique have made him one of the most interesting artists of the current artistic scene.
In his series ‘Carnevale Italiano: Ticket to Ride Prequel Series’, Michael Bell features eight different paintings with violent events, as a chronicle of his own childhood, which happened in a sinister fair in Little Italy.
The Mob (even with Dominic Capone III as a main character), guns, severed heads, sexy and naked women, strange mirrors… and opposite nice symbols like clowns, sweet boys, girls playing with balloons… they create disturbing atmospheres, which force the viewer to wonder what is happening.
In fact, this is Michael Bell intention: to hint a narrative that should be completed by the viewers. No more self-sufficient static art or artists but a new art in dialogue and movement. A movement that not only is reflected in each particular painting but which jumps from work to work, being still more furious in the moments which only belongs to our imagination.
Furthermore, Michael Bell shows a meditated technique. Strange perspectives (almost Expressionist), personal acid colors and unreal light games… Yes very creepy! And we put the willies with each new brushstroke imagining the reality of those people. Even the last painting of the series ‘Down at the Docks’, with the little boy looking the distant city, it is scary thanks to its acid colors and ghostly outlines…, a world which hide too many secrets!
Definitely, these eight large-format widescreen paintings on 48″ X 96″ canvases are a whole, an incomplete movie which reflects the life of a neighborhood known as ‘the Hook’ in a small section of a town in North Jersey. There, back in the late 70’s, it was home to one of the largest Carnivals in the Tri-State area. However, as every Carnival, the truth is behind the masks, the cotton candy and the eternal Ferris wheel that will return next year.
More about Michael Bell: http://mbellart.com/