Ariana Page Russell Interior Optics
October 15 to December 12, 2015
Artist Reception: Thursday, October 15, 6 to 8PM
IMAGES FROM THE EXHIBITION
“A body becomes an index of passing time. Skin reveals how bones shift, muscles loosen, freckles and wrinkles form, and bruises appear. I am interested in this as a fashion of skin, including the way a blush decorates one’s cheek, freckles form constellations on an arm, or hair creates sheen on skin’s matte surface. Skin also protects us while revealing internal emotions, offering a translucent space for adornment. I create images that explore the skin as a document of human experience, using my own hypersensitive flesh to illustrate the ways we expose, express, adorn and articulate ourselves.”
For her Interior Optics exhibition, Russell is making a series of photographic images which simulate scientific optical instruments (such as “two-photon excitation (TPE) fluorescence microscopy” high-resolution laser imaging) that can detect and “read” layers under the skinthe dermis, epidermis, and so on. These images show an internal topographythe many depths just under the surface that reflect and refract light like a prismwhich reveal a hidden, mysterious, often extraterrestrial landscapes. In Interior Optics, skin becomes an “instrument” to detect and reflect light from within. By manipulating images of her skin with varying tones and saturation, this light becomes visible revealing depth and layers just under the skin. This simulation, in conjunction with dermatographia scratches, emphasizes the surface detail in such a way that it becomes a surprising and colorful topography. We see the hair, follicles, dermis, epidermis, and glands, all at once.
Ariana Page Russell currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Recent exhibitions include the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin; Town Hall Gallery in Australia; the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada; Adelphi University in New York; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Bolivia. Her work has appeared in Art in America, the Huffington Post, Wired, The Atlantic, VISION Magazine: China, and the monograph Dressing, published by Seattle-based DECODE Books. She was featured on ABC News 20/20 and was a recent participant in the Sexto Encuentro Mundial de Arte Corporal in Caracas, Venezuela. She had a solo exhibition at Magnan Metz in New York December 2014, and will have another in 2016 at NYU's Langones Medical Center, New York, NY. She received her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005. Russell is also a creativity coach and the author of Skintome, a website about skin and creativity.
Image: Ruby, 2015, archival pigment print, 30 x 21.5 inches, edition of 8 + 2 A.P.'s
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