Solo show at Thomas Masters Gallery, JAN 9 - FEB 8, 2015
Artist Statement for the exhibition:
This exhibition of my latest body of abstract work is called Life Lines for a number of reasons. To have the word LINES somewhere in the title was perfectly fitting because of the organic, gestural line work that distinguishes my painting. It is the natural ease of these lyrical lines that define my style. I often see biological themes magnified and abstracted in my works, as if I cannot pull myself away from what we’re made of.
But the title goes much deeper than that…
This past year, 2014, was a difficult one, starting off with my mother’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis followed by the death of a dear friend several months later. It is now a time for me to reaffirm LIFE, to consider what life means in the face of adversity; how it travels from innocence to experience, from joy to despair and back to joy again, from tragedy to defiance to victory.
As one of my favorite painters, Willem de Kooning, once said, “I paint the way I do because I can keep on putting more and more things in – like drama, pain, anger, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas of space. It doesn't matter if it differs from mine, as long as it comes from the painting, which has its own integrity and intensity.”
Also, this evening combines both my visual art and music. These two passions of mine have rescued me in times of need and provided a place of solace when things were difficult. They are a necessity, much like breathing is to me. Art and music are my life lines.
- Randi Russo
This show is dedicated to my mother Marlene and to my friend David Lang, whose love and devotion I am forever grateful.
Marching Over Memory Mines
acrylic paint and watercolor pencil on canvas, 54x63", sold
Mechanical Minds Moving through Time
acrylic paint, gesso and watercolor pencil on canvas, 60x62", sold
The Militant March of the Heart
mixed media on canvas, 58x78", sold
What's Caught In My Mind Spins All the Time (a.k.a., "In My Mind All the Time")
mixed media on canvas, 48x66", sold
acrylic paint, watercolor pencil, chalk, charcoal pencil on canvas, 36x66", sold
Blue Born Babies
acrylic paint and charcoal pencil on canvas, 36x60"
She Dreams in Color, Too
acrylic paint, charcoal pencil and chalk on canvas, 65x66"
mixed media on canvas, 36x55 (2014), sold
acrylic paint, watercolor pencil, charcoal pencil on canvas, 45x54"
Trees Under the Seas
acrylic paint, watercolor, watercolor pencil, charcoal pencil on canvas, 44x54", sold
Tidal Waves Under the Skin
acrylic paint and graphite pencil on canvas, 23x33"
acrylic paint, watercolor pencil, chalk, artist stix on canvas, 42x50"
Trouble Finds Her (And Not the Other Way Around)
acrylic paint, watercolor pencil, pencil on canvas, 60x67"
Trouble Finds Her (And Not the Other Way Around) - installation shot
acrylic paint, watercolor pencil, pencil on canvas, 60x67" - installation shot at Thomas Masters Gallery