John Bell’s Election series is comprised of twenty-one, limited edition, digital archival prints created from hundreds of photographs of graffiti-laden political posters taken in Paris during the 2007 French presidential election. The prints are intricately layered composites, some up to ten layers deep. Bell meticulously juxtaposes the images, and boldly recolors them to convey an emotional and abstract narrative of what it felt like to be there, to capture the clash of opinions, politics and street culture. The end result created as Bell says “an unexpected collaboration with the people of Paris”.
On the occasion of the exhibition, the artist is debuting five new prints exclusively for the Kimball Art Center. Although shown at previous exhibitions, this will be the first time the series will be shown in its entirety along with a selection of the original photographs. More info, visit artistjohnbell.com