Header image | Mountain XV  by Christopher Russell 

Surface Tension:
Works by Christopher Russell and Rafael Soldi

  • Exhibit runs October 5, 2017 – November 9, 2017
  • Opening Reception on Thurs, October 5, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • October 21, 6pm – Artist Talk with Christopher Russell and Rafael Soldi – Free for Corvallis Art Center members and SPENW conference attendees. All others $10. 

The Exhibit and conversation are in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, at OSU, October 20 and 21.

Surface Tension is a two-person exhibition presenting works by artists Christopher Russell and Rafael Soldi. This pairing acknowledges a shared lightness in the aesthetics of their work. However, this initial perception obscures a hidden drama that occurs below the surface of their photographs. Both artists mask their works with a veil of ethereality, enticing the viewer into closer engagement.

Portland-based artist Christopher Russell’s scratched and abraded photographs are often ambiguous and fractured, reflecting his exploration of the darker aspects of the human psyche. His photographs, taken in the landscape around Portland, have few traces of the original scene; relying on color and lens flare to entice. These ambiguous and yet seductive photographs are then scratched and re-worked to create images that imply a contrived but sublime landscape. Russell’s work appears in two dozen museum collections, including museums of contemporary art in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego and Antwerp. Russell received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and his MFA from the Art Center College of Design, CA. He is represented by the Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles.

Rafael Soldi’s project “Life Stand Still Here” explores internal dialogues and moments when life and its darkest facets can offer monumental symbolism. Through a variety of image-making techniques, Soldi deftly mixes portraiture and abstraction as a metaphor for personal loss. His images open the interplay between the viewer’s histories and his, a kind of dark mirroring that makes visible their shared psychic struggles. Based in Seattle, Soldi received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, and the King County Public Art Collection. Soldi is the co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective, an online magazine and project dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists.

Surface Tension is organized by Julia Bradshaw, Assistant Professor of Art and New Media Communications at Oregon State University. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, which will take place at Oregon State University on 20/21 October. Alongside the Corvallis Art Center, SPENW is a sponsor of this exhibition.

For more information contact: Julia Bradshaw Julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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Rafael Soldi | Veer

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Christopher Russell | Mountain XV









Many thanks to the sponsors for this exhibit