It took a while to get to Russell’s art show — actually a show of pieces by Russell and three other artists, Rhys Bambrick, Joseph Redwood-Martinez, and Charlie Warren — but it was worth it. The show is in the Palmer Gallery, which is on the first floor of the Main Building, the massive edifice that is the original, and therefore the oldest, building on the Vassar campus.
When we arrived on campus, we also were delighted to see that a feature article about Russell and the show appeared in the latest edition of the Miscellany News, the Vassar student newspaper. A link to the article, in which Russell describes the concept of the show and talks a bit about his artistic interests, is here.
The show is quite well done. It includes four paintings from Russell, as well as some cool prints, a large silver robot, and some multimedia pieces. I like all of Russell’s artwork, but there were two pieces that I particularly liked. One was a large, intensely layered study of shades of red and textures that had a very strong visual impact; the deeper reds in parts of the painting yielded to lighter orange hues that looked like an angry gash across the canvas.
Another piece I very much liked was more whimsical and playful, giving the sense of a screen shot from a video game in which a character named Frogma is locked in a death duel with a giant, mechanical villain rolling forward on massive wheels, each speaking the stylized and stilted language of video game characters. Another of Russell’s pieces in the show had a similar video game feel, but with a more sobering theme, of storming the beaches at Normandy from the first-person standpoint of a rifle-toting American soldier in a Call of Duty-type scene.
The show runs through Thursday, March 4.