In their structural simplicity, Bell’s glass and metal boxes are closely associated with Minimal art. His concern with light, transparency, reflectivity, and space, however, lends his work a poetic character, a distinction that sets it apart from the often stringent parameters of Minimalism. The glass box encloses a definable volume, yet this visually ambiguous space can transmit light and has an interior quality, and is thus able to interact with the surrounding space as well as the viewer. The transparent sculpture allows the viewer an unobstructed view of all sides of the work while barely invading a physical, sculptural space.
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