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Chris Bell

Cold Nervous Sun

Diam: 13’ x 11’h

Materials: steel, urethane rubber connectors, fluorescent tubes, ballast transformers, wires.

Cold Nervous Sun was facilitated in part with generous support from Fulham Company Inc.



This new work is a development upon my fascination with the fluorescent tube as a marvel of applied science and materials. By designing and making a flexible connector system I aim to extended them from architectural component, to architectural module- foregrounding the overlooked features of the glass tube.

Set against the geometric cleanliness of this grid is the mess of wires giving it ‘life’.

I hope this work inspires the ‘hackability’ of our physical world- re-purposing our given systems.



Chris Bell was born and schooled in Sydney, Australia.

Two years study in Industrial design was followed by his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts, graduating in 1992.

Since this time he has exhibited sculpture and installations regularly, most often making site-specific work.


He has received support from The Australian Council of the Arts, Arts Victoria and the Pollock-Krasner foundation, (1999, 2009). He won Melbourne’s Fundere Sculpture Prize in 2003 and a major public commission for Melbourne’s new civic square in 2000.

He has worked as an artist-in-residence with Belfast’s Flax Art Studios, LKV studios Trondheim, Norway, Connecticut’s I-Park Artists’ Enclave, and California's Headlands Center for the Arts, and Exploratorium.


Since completing his MFA with Stanford University in 2007 he has stayed in the San Francisco Bay Area, establishing a studio with funding support from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2010). 

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