Christopher Russell

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Ghost Ship Wreck, 2012 / Epson Ultrachrome HDR Print scratched with a razor / 40 x 60 inches / Permanent Collection Contemporary Museum of Art San Diego

Artist Biography

Dealing less with the supernatural than the psychosomatic, Christopher Russell rouses ghosts. Within his scratched photographs, fractured glass panes, and hazy metallic paints, there are haunting recollections - the kind of outlier memories that plague our psyche well after childhood. Through a purposefully repressive fog, we habitually revisit the monsters of our innermost mentality, and find ourselves the protagonist of a lifelong plight - a cinematic tale evocatively illustrated by Russell's eerie ships and spectral trees. Like a folkloric odyssey into a cognitive web, his mixed-media works and installations traipse through places of fragility and wistfulness; evidence of the divine and unsettling encounters inherent to our complex mortality.

Russell (b. 1974) received his M.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design (CA). In 2009, he produced a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA). He has also been featured in group exhibitions at the Tokyo Institute of Photography (Japan), The Norton Museum (West Palm Beach, FL), Armory Center for the Arts (Los Angeles, CA), White Columns (New York, NY) De Appel Arts Center (Netherlands) Oakland Museum (Oakland, CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), among others. He has published numerous critical articles in addition to being a featured subject of positive review by the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Huffington Post, Artillery, Frieze, and ArtForum, among others. Russell is also known for his 'zine Bedwetter. His first novel is Sniper, and other books include Budget Decadence (2nd Cannons Publications), Pattern Book (Insert Blanc Press) and Landscape (Kolapsomal Press)–which was included in Martin Parr's The Photobook: A History Volume III (Phaidon). His work is included in the collections of numerous public institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art - University of Oregon, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Hammer Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, to name a few.


Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell

Apr 16 - Jun 18, 2016

Art Culver City Los Angeles

Art Culver City Los Angeles

Nov 5 - Dec 19, 2015

In Bloom

In Bloom

May 7 - Jun 13, 2015

Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell

Apr 5 - May 3, 2014

Selected Press

Crave - The Finite Realities of Christopher Russell’s ‘Ersatz Infinities’

Christopher Russell - Artillery Magazine

Exposure - A Promiscuous Lens

Scientific Magic - Exhibition Catalog

Williamette Week - Portland Fall Visual Arts Picks

Los Angeles Times - Review: Christopher Russell looks through prisms

ArtScene - Christopher Russell at Mark Moore Gallery

KCET - SoCal Represents at Paris Photo L.A. 2014

Artsy Editorial - Romantic, Post-Apocalyptic Photographs by the Artist Who Caught Sally Mann's Eye

Wall Street International - Christopher Russell. GRFALWKV

Artillery - Christopher Russell

Mark Moore Gallery Statements 27 - In House Publication

Art - Back to the Picture - 2nd Floor Projects

The Art Book Review - Sniper: A Piece of Fiction

San Francisco Art Quarterly - Chirstopher Russell: "The ghost of background" at 2nd floor projects

In the Make - Studio Visit with Christopher Russell

Art Pulse - Tilt-Shift LA; New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge

Los Angeles Times - Art Review: Christopher Russell at Luis de Jesus Gallery

Los Angeles Times - A Deceptive Simplicity

THE Magazine - A Snapshot of Los Angeles Photography

Hammer Projects - Christopher Russell

San Francisco Bay Gaurdian - Lust and loss

Los Angeles Times - A Room of Glorious Gloom

X-TRA - Christopher Russell at Acuna-Hansen Gallery

New York Times - Even a Little Space Can Hold an Abundance of Ideas

Los Angeles Times - Review

San Francisco Bay Times - Sex, Death and Rejection

LA Weekly - Considerable People: Chistopher Russell

New City Times - Chicago Artists '99

Chicago Sun Times - Exhibits link humor and artistry

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