The Man and the Machine: Larry Bell

BY Janelle Zara

Larry Bell’s artistic practice revolves around a very specific migratory pattern. For three weeks at a time, he lives and works at his home studio in Taos, New Mexico—the site of an enormous piece of machinery that he uses to vacuum-coat various materials (these days, primarily Mylar, paper and laminate films) with a metallic, iridescent sheen. From there, he takes a 14-hour drive to a second studio—a neo-baroque former Sunday school room rented from the aging Christian Science congregation next door—in Venice Beach, California.

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