On view at Smack Mellon until Sunday, April 21

Katie Bell: A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place/Austin Ballard: Shadow Lake


Both artists create work inspired by the designed and built environment but adopt their own unique approaches. Katie Bell takes discarded and readymade objects to construct immense assemblages that match the industrial scale of Smack Mellon's building. Austin Ballard, on the other hand, turns his focus onto household objects, specifically light fixtures and lampshades, to create a more intimate setting that resembles a suburban domestic interior. In both of these projects, however, the artists call attention to the way that architecture and design objects shape-whether dramatically or subtly-how we see and respond to the world.