Thursday, April 9, 2009

Tonight''DRESSING'' -Ariana Page Russell @ Magnan Projects 4/9/09

Photo- Ariana Page Russell
Morning Glory
Archival inkjet print
26" x 18"

ARTmostfierce is a big fan and collector of Ariana Page Russell beautiful and interesting work. When I saw her work for the first time during Miami Art Basel 2008 @ The Aqua Art Fair I was, quite taken at first glance. After talking to the Platform Gallery owners and learning more about how the work was created then I was totally fascinated with it.

I really enjoy when photography is taken to another level of creativity and in my opinion this body of work does that. Our dear friends at MAO (Modern Art Obsession) also agreed on Ariana's work, snapping it up before I can blink my own eyes and make a move on it.

For those who don't know about Ariana and her work, I suggest that you look into it...a lot more of what you see at simple sight . Much more than just a beautiful photograph...and talk about beauty being only skin deep. Speaking of skin, it is quite amazing, unusual, quite creative process that Ariana uses. This is Ariana's second solo show @ Magnan Projects. See press release below for more info and see you @ the opening!

Photo-Ariana Page Russell
Archival inkjet print
26" x 18"

Ariana Page Russell

Ariana Page Russell and Art Collector Michael Hoeh @ Opening night


Magnan Projects is pleased to present Dressing, the second solo exhibition for Ariana Page Russell at the gallery. Using her skin as her canvas, Russell creates a series of tattoos—or dressings—to adorn her own body.

What makes these tattoos unique is their source. The artist has a skin condition called dermatographia in which painless scratching on her skin’s surface creates red welts that remain for about 30 minutes. Russell has been using her skin as the subject of her artwork since 2005 by photographing cropped images of body parts with writing or patterns. She also creates wallpaper with photographs of her skin cut into decorative designs and attaches them to the wall or onto board.

In Dressings, Russell has taken this process to a new level. She explains, “Recently, I’ve turned some of the patterns made from skin into temporary tattoos, adorning my skin in a different way than drawing on it directly… These tattoos become an intimate fashion as their own sort of clothing, and an additional translucent layer for the fashion of skin... I am investigating where one surface ends and another begins … and how shifting exteriors reveal as they conceal.”

Rather than hiding behind her condition, Russell is empowered by it. She puts herself in front of the camera playing with ideas of fashion and concepts of beauty, what she terms “the bloom of adornment.” In “Capricious” Russell takes a close-up of her face featuring a flesh toned, decorative eye patch of sorts. Bright lights accentuate her chiseled features, erasing all evidence of her dermatographia and presenting her in a hi-fashion style.

Ariana Page Russell graduated from the University of Nevada with a BFA in Photography and BA in Psychology. She received her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005. She received a review in Art in America for her first solo show at Magnan Projects (Axial Bloom 2006-07) and was featured in ABC News 20/20. In 2008 Russell received the Artist Trust Grant for Artist Project. She has exhibited at numerous galleries throughout the US and recently moved to New York City from Seattle, Washington.

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