Larry Bell’s Church studies are made using processes similar to those involved in the Mirage Works and Fractions, but are so named because they were made in Bell’s current Venice studio, which happens to be housed in a building that used to be a church. The curvilinear imagery in certain compositions suggest his fondness for acoustic guitars. This body of large works incorporate an unusually shaped frame, which is deeper on the top edge, shallower at the bottom. A number of the Church Studies incorporate a red Kozo paper that is hand-made in Japan to Bell’s specifications.

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