RANDI RUSSO’S “LIMINAL SPACES”
Friday, June 8th - Monday, June 11th, 2018
Castelli Art Space: 5428 W Washington Blvd, Culver City
Artist’s reception: Saturday, June 9th, 6-9pm; Open to the public: Friday & Saturday, 12-9pm, Sunday & Monday, 12-5pm
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 27, 2018 – Recent Los Angeles transplant, artist Randi Russo, premieres “Liminal Spaces,” her first solo exhibition in LA at Castelli Art Space, Culver City. Russo’s contemporary painting explores abstraction in the vein of Willem de Kooning, Brice Marden and Arshille Gorky, while tapping into the human experience.
The title “Liminal Spaces” references the time and space in which we anxiously float from when we leave a place of certainty, while we wait for new communities, new patterns, new ways of life to replace them. There’s a restlessness, a gnawing, agitation and yet hope and enthusiasm for a new world. Russo’s lyrical abstractions live in this space. She considers her shapes liminal, as they each are on the threshold to the next shape. These shapes often climb and slide through each other.
As Russo states, “In my latest work, I ask the viewer to ‘keep looking’ -- to follow a line or shape and notice that it'll pull you elsewhere. The tug allows you to discover a shape as part of another shape, as if entering into another realm. Just when you see something, you see something else, like picking up little hidden notes on a treasure hunt.”
There is a very human side to the work in “Liminal Spaces,” as alluded to in her provocative titles and color palette. “Trouble Finds Her (And Not the Other Way Around)” has piercing pinks of flesh painted with whimsy, “The Sutures of Our Future” has a corporeal feel, and “She Dreams in Color, Too” is another example of the human experience tied into the abstract expressionistic work.
Liminal Spaces will be open to the public from Friday, June 8th and will run through Monday, June 11th at Castelli Art Space in Culver City at 5428 W Washington Blvd. with the Artist Reception on SATURDAY, June 9th, 6-9pm. Public hours: Fri & Sat, 6-9pm; Sun & Mon: 12-5pm.
A percentage of the profits will be donated to the Hirschberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, in honor and memory of Randi Russo’s mother, Marlene Russo (1940-2017).
ABOUT RANDI RUSSO
Randi Russo is a visual artist and musician who currently resides and works in Los Angeles. She works out of her Tiny Pink studio in Glendale, CA. Before venturing into dual careers in music and visual art, she studied painting at Washington University in St. Louis and psychology at New York University. A native New Yorker, Russo spent much of her time as a musician, touring and releasing three albums. Randi then decided to leave NYC and venture to Chicago to pursue her first passion – painting. In Chicago she was represented by Thomas Masters Gallery, alongside artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Hunt Slonem, and Art Shay. A review of her solo show was featured in Hyperallergic. Randi exhibited in numerous group shows, including one at the Chicago Cultural Center, in addition to her solo shows in NYC and Chicago.