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 as part of the Hammer Museum's (CA) "Hammer Projects" series. He has also been featured in group exhibitions at the Tokyo Institute of Photography (Japan), Barnsdall Art Center (CA), Armory Center for the Arts (CA), Oakland Museum (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), among others. He has has numerous critical articles published in Artillery Magazine, Art US, and Leisure, 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 also produces his own unique books in addition to his first novel, "Sniper. His work is included in the collections of Deutsche Bank, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Grunwald Center at the Hammer Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, to name a few.

Exhibitions


Christopher Russell

Christopher Russell

Apr 5 – May 3, 2014


Selected Press

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 Business.com - 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