Explosion (Aperture Edition) is an example of this. With a razorblade, Russell etches intricate patterns and figures onto the surface of photographs of lens flare. The images transform into stylized explosions, fragments from scenes of an apocalyptic aftermath. The controlled chaos of his methodical process uses a visual narrative that references death and rebirth, as well as capturing the volatile nature of transience.
Christopher Russell (born in Sacramento, California, 1974) received his MFA from the Art Center College of Design. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Tokyo Institute of Photography; Norton Museum of Art, Florida; Armory Center for the Arts, California; White Columns, New York; De Appel arts centre, the Netherlands; Oakland Museum of California; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Russell also produces his own unique books in addition to his zine Bedwetter. His books include Sniper, Budget Decadence, Pattern Book, and Landscape. His work is in the collections of Deutsche Bank; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
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