Laura Bell and Ian Ganassi
Laura Bell gained an appreciation for the spontaneous and serendipitous while studying with Fluxus artist Robert Watts at Douglass College, Rutgers University. In 2020, she received a BRIO painting grant from the Bronx Council for the Arts. Her paintings and mixed-media work have been exhibited in New York, Provincetown, New Haven, Chicago, Philadelphia, Berlin, and elsewhere, and she has been an artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony. Her ongoing collaborative collage series with poet Ian Ganassi has been mailed back and forth between them since 2005. Her paintings and works on paper can be seen at lauraelizbell.net. Laura lives and has her studio in the Bronx.
Ian Ganassi’s poems have appeared and are forthcoming in numerous literary magazines, including BlazeVOX, Clockwise Cat, Otoliths, The Yale Review, Stand, Offcourse, MadHat Annual, New American Writing, Interim, The American Journal of Poetry, and First Literary Review East. His poem “Blunt Trauma” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his translations from Virgil’s Aeneid have appeared in New England Review. His second book-length poetry collection, True for the Moment, is forthcoming from MadHat Press. His first book-length poetry collection, Mean Numbers, was published in 2016. Ian lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and has worked as a writer, teacher, and percussionist.
Selections from "The Corpses" have been exhibited at the Susquehanna Museum, Harrisburg, PA, and in galleries including Zone Contemporary Art, NYC, in “Disciplined Spontaneity,” a historical survey including works by such antecedents as John Cage; Local Project, LIC, NY; AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; and Materials for the Arts, LIC, NY; and have been published in art and literary reviews including New England Review, Shadowgraph, The Drunken Boat, MadHat, and Offcourse Literay Journal.