Thursday, April 7, 2016

Los Angeles Exhibition

Opening Reception: April 16, 2016 6:00-8:30 PM
On View: April 16 – June 18, 2016
Mark Moore Gallery is pleased to present Ersatz Infinities, a solo show of recent work by Portland-based artist Christopher Russell. 
For his second solo show with the gallery, the artist has created a series of manipulated landscape photographs. Using a colored veil over the camera lens, the original prints are fuzzy impressions of forest scenes—seemingly underwater, awash in blood, or encased in amber. Russell then scrapes, gouges and scratches the surface of these prints with intricate, overlapping swaths of pattern. The individual marks are violent disruptions to the pristine surface of the print, a romantic impulse invading the field of mechanical reproduction, revealing the bright white glow of the paper's inner core. 
The space of the photograph, already illusory, begins to alternate between visual systems. Repeating patterns are used as stand-ins for personal and abstract sets of values. Unlike Victorian flower codes, with rigid definitions assigned to specific flora, the meanings of patterns are individual and fluid. They line interiors, envelop bodies and provide a glimpse of an ersatz infinity—the valiant attempts at replication falling ever short of the real thing. In the drawings, patterns are chopped into awkward, intersecting ribbons, free flowing signifiers jammed against each other and into the shapes of mountain peaks. The result is both destructive and revelatory—the patterns bringing to life the photographic subject’s inner world, or suggesting at the vast potential therein. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Exhibition Images

I'll soon load exhibition images, and individual pieces from the new show, but for now, they can be found here.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Solo Exhibition

I will be having a solo exhibition, GRFALWKV, at Mark Moore Gallery, 5790 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA. The exhibition opens on April 5, 2014 to May 3, 2014. The reception is on April 5 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

The catalog is available for purchase from the gallery, or to download freely:

Additional images and details:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Landscape has been included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's third and final volume on the history of the photo book. This has been an extremely influential series, and it's a special honor to see this work affirmed in such a well respected project.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A New Relationship

I am very pleased to anounce that I am now represented by Mark Moore Gallery. While I'm always happy to answer questions about process and intention, any inquiries about availability or purchase should be directed to the gallery.

They put together a nice page of images of my work: 
Please check it out. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pattern Book by Insert Blanc Press

A collection of my short-story-wallpaper-patterns has finally arrived! The book involves 5 short stories, each designed as a historical wallpaper pattern adding a visual element to the emotional tone of the story. Each piece is designed around the interplay of text and image, displaying a block of text that tries to strike a balance between the legibility of the image and the legibility of the text. This compromise is followed by a few pages that are "wallpapered", covered completely in a tiny repeating pattern composed of letters too small to read. The  readers focus is shifted completely to the flow of the pattern across the page. Finally, the image gives way to a large-size, colorful text from which no clear pattern can emerge, but which retains everything necessary to recreate the intricate patterns of the previous pages. And there are exquisite essays by Holly Myers and Kevin Killian!

Friday, February 1, 2013

For the next few days you can catch a survey of 10 years of my book works at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary building, as a part of the LA Art Book Fair.