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McIntosh Gallery Presents
Ross Bell: Last Stand

September 22, 2016 to July 15, 2017
McIntosh Gallery Sculpture Garden
Opening reception, Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 P.M.

This interactive outdoor installation comprises six sculptures based on the Muk Yan Jong, or “wooden man post” used for training in the Wing Chun form of Kung Fu. Each figure is made from ash trees cut down because of emerald ash borer. As an abstraction of the human body, Muk Yan Jong predate by several centuries similar modernist sculpture, which they resemble.

For Bell the exhibition title, Last Stand, evokes several tangential associations: the decimated ash trees of southwestern Ontario, a defensive military front, and the artist’s position as a maker of things in an increasingly virtual world.

Born in Alberta, Ross Bell lives in London, Ontario, where he has had solo exhibitions at DNA Artspace and Westland Gallery. He has shown at the Art Gallery of Guelph, and Chela Gallery, Baltimore.  He is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, in Toronto, where he has also exhibited at Propeller Centre for the Arts, and the Toronto International Art Fair.

For more information, contact Mitra Shreeram, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at mshreera@uwo.ca.

McIntosh Gallery
Western University
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Tel: 519-661-3181
mcintoshgallery@uwo.ca

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