Marc Bell’s “Hot Potatoe”

Published December 7, 2009 by Molly

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Examining a Marc Bell drawing is like gaining entry into the mind of a psychotically talented and slightly autistic doodle-machine. It’s art that’s fun to look at but funner to snuggle up with, which is why we’re happy that the Vancouver artist has released a book of comics and artwork on drawn and quarterly. Hot Potatoe combines experiments in typography with comic stories and stand-alone assemblages, and at an imposing 272 pages, the book contains enough of Bell’s work— or “Fine Ahtwerks” as he calls it— to keep you armchair-traveling for hours.

It’s worth mentioning that Bell scored a glowing mention in the New York Times, where Ken Johnson compared his drawings and paintings to “medieval manuscript pages with collage and sculptural elements sometimes added” and praised the “wild shifts of space, time and scale.” Meanwhile, LA Weekly has called the artist “a riddle wrapped in a conundrum further wrapped in salty bacon.” Yummers!

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