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Meditations of Spirit Opens June 21

YONKERS, N.Y. May 24, 2003 - Drawing upon nineteenth-century landscape traditions, the works of painter Dozier Bell, on view June 21 through September 7 at the Hudson River Museum, contrast nature's sublime space, sky, water and land with the unsettling symbols of surveillance and the science of war.

Over 20 acrylic paintings in Meditations of Spirit: Dozier Bell Contemporary Landscapes show images of Earth's curvature, water, sky and space overlaid with grids that symbolize science and the mechanisms of war. Bell appropriates the grids of radar, sonar, LANDSAT and satellite technologies to draw attention to man's relationship with landscape in this century, and trigger thoughts of reconnaissance and remote sensing. The markings, developed as tools of war, speak of our vulnerability to the anxiety induced by technology. In Oculus 4 and Pneuma, these devices focus on either a bright spot of light with the ambiguous appearance of a bomb blast or the sun, barely penetrating a haze of clouds, smoke or dense fog. The vastness of space and time are suggested in Starfield 3 and Tehom. Bell's works express the tension between the destructive tendencies of humanity and the endurance of the spirit, in both humankind and nature.

Bell's provocative paintings also reflect her interest in the German Romantic painter Casper David Friedrich (1774-1840) and the atmospheric nuance of the English painter J.M.W.Turner (1775-1850). Bell addresses questions which come out of her explorations of the wars and the theologies that stand in opposition to them. She asks: "What are the implications of death and destruction, particularly on a mass scale, for the lives of the survivors, and those who were untouched by violence? How have the events and discoveries of the twentieth century changed our concept of divinity, and of personal relationship to the divine? …How are we to understand the complex relationship between creation and destruction? How are we separated from the past, and in what ways does it persist in the present?"

Bell, who studied art in the United States and at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, has been exhibiting her work since 1984. Her paintings are part of many collections and museums. Bell, who is represented by A.V. C. Galleries, lives and works in Waldoboro, Maine.





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