Music/Arts - Performance
Saturday, May 8, 2010
12:00pm - 6:00pm
459 West 19th Street (at 10th Avenue)
On Saturday, May 8th, 2010, from 12 Noon to 6 PM, New York-based artist JASON ROBERT BELL invites the public to have him do their “Spontaneous Metaphysical Portrait” at Postmasters Gallery. Throughout gallery hours, in the manner of a traditional caricature artist, Bell will ambidextrously sketch gallery visitors interested in sitting for transformative 15 minute sessions.
Invoking the most primordial interaction of the artist with the public, Bell will engage directly with the metaphysical essence of each of his new models.
This transcendent experience will involve a short interview, an assessment of their morphology, and ultimately a performance of the oldest and most sacred way that an artist interacts with another person: by drawing them.
As with the drawings that are currently on display in the “Mirror, Mirror” exhibit at Postmasters, Bell will be employing his trance-induced hand drawing methods from the perch of his custom-constructed drawing bench and sitters stool. Each portrait created by Bell is intended to reveal the unseen and unknowable aspects of his sitters, fusing life drawing with imaginary discoveries and building upon the psychological phenomenon of ‘first impressions’. Each of the “Spontaneous Metaphysical Portraits” created on this date will be available to their subjects for a nominal fee to be agreed upon by the sitter, the artist, and the dealer ,however that there is no obligations for the sitters to acquire their portraits.