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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 gallery UPFOR in Portland.

"Surface Tension", a joint exhibition with Rafael Soldi, 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

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