Larry Bell at Hauser&Wirth

Presented at Hauser&Wirth in London until July 2022, American artist Larry Bell introduces new works from his most recent Deconstructed Cube series and his Open Box series.

Bell is one of the most influential Light and Space artists, alongside James Turrell and Robert Irwin. Known for his refined surface treatment of glass and examination of light, Bell’s significant practice extends from painting and works on paper to glass sculptures and furniture design.

The work in the show continue his philosophy, exploring ideas of perception, layering, and opacity and responds to the dynamics of the space. Since 1969, Larry Bell has been using a machine he refers to as ‘The Tank,’ which allows him to coat glass in specific ways and alter how absorbent, or reflective it appears. For this, Bell uses a thermal evaporation technology developed for cutting-edge aeronautics and optics to deposit films of vaporized metallic and non-metallic substances onto glass panes without altering the glass’s fundamental nature.

‘Although we tend to think of glass as a window, it is a solid-liquid that has at once three distinctive qualities: it reflects light, it absorbs light, and it transmits light all at the same time.’ Bell said.

A solo exhibition of works by Larry Bell which opened on 12 March 2022 is on display at Dia Beacon in New York, bringing together a focused selection of Bell’s early sculptures alongside a new diptych entitled Duo Nesting Boxes (2021).