Come Saturday night, the walls of Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery will closely resemble those of Los Angeles-based artist, Nathan Bell's Chinatown studio. In his first ever solo show, appropriately titled, "Mixed Feelings," Bell will showcase a variety of type-based pieces comprised of musings, wordplay, inside jokes, lyrics, overheard exchanges, political and social commentary, pop culture anecdotes, and everyday idiosyncrasies, and will include over 400 6x6 inch square paintings that for the last two years, have covered the walls of his studio space.
Originally manifested from a series of these 6×6 inch square paintings that began as sketches for larger works, "Mixed Feelings" shows how these works evolved into a larger narrative installation. Bell considers this body of work to be “an experiment in language, typography and aesthetic.” Each piece engages the viewer in a playful dialogue that calls for deeper reflection and creates a visual onslaught of themes that are intentional, unexpected, hyper-personal and mysterious.
"Mixed Feelings" opens Saturday, April 22, at Subliminal Projects from 8-11pm.