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Ryan Russo
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: Considering the multiple definitions of the term ‘media’, I create mixed-media paintings using both the type that carries pigment and the varieties that carry information. I re-purpose the latter as alternative mark-making tools, their intrinsic formats and contents working in conjunction with paint to determine the formal attributes of the resulting abstract paintings. In the VHS videotape and audio cassette tape paintings series, the encoded video/films and audio/music on the magnetic tapes remain undeciphered in the process of transfer to canvas but serve as a drawing/painting material; the transformation of one medium into another and the re-vitalization of an obsolete technology. In their reductive and repeating compositions, the works allude to the stark formal qualities of minimalism yet carry encrypted narrative or musical content. (In reference to Frank Stella’s famous quote that defined the movement, “what you see” is not everything that you could potentially see.) The parenthetical titles refer to the actual films that are used for each work.
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