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Ariana Page Russell – body bloom

The princess who couldn't bear the burden of a pea was not an artist. She is an emblem of the useless sensitivity of a blue blood. In the human garden, royalty is a hot house flower on luxury's life supports. Ariana Page Russell is more sensitive (and hearty) than that. She has dermatographia, which means her immune system is always on red alert for blistering news from the outside world. Even the lightest scratch will cause her capillaries to dilate and welt. While the situation doesn't scream opportunity, Russell turned it into one. In … [Read more...]

Ariana Page Russell – wearing nothing but her art

What Nick Cave does with sound suits, Ariana Page Russell does with her skin. Both suits and skin are a means of a expressing a flamboyant relationship to the body. (Click to enlarge.) Says Russell:The power of a blush, an ephemeral and uncontrollable response revealing internal sentiment, becomes the fashion of skin. I have sensitive skin that easily flushes. In Dressing, I use the imagery of this temporary change as my medium via collages made from photographs of my skin. These collages show shades of sensitivity in reds and pinks made … [Read more...]

Ariana Page Russell: Just in time for Tut

Tutankhamun's come-back is coming up empty. Following a nationwide consensus, he's now racking up bad reviews in the Bay Area, including a key one from Kenneth Baker:Among people with a professional interest in the arts, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," which opens today at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, will merely deepen the tarnish on the reputation of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.More here. The first Tut wave in the U.S. in the 1970s reverberated in the art of the time. This time, the only response worthy of … [Read more...]


SEATTLE/REGIONAL ART BLOGS · Art and Politics Now · Artblog + . Artdish · Art Scatter · Best Of . Blandiloquent . Culturephile - Portland Arts . Dimensions Variable . Eva Lake . Freese . Getting to Know You Better . Go See Art · Hank . jouissance . Meaning in Art . My heroes died of syphilis . O My God Seattle . Oregon Art Live · Olympia Dumpster Divers . Pacific Standard · Peripheral Vision . Poor Worm . Port · Round About Seattle . Seattle Art Blog .  SOAP . Something To Say · Stranger - Visual Art . Telephone … [Read more...]

Your eyes (on Seattle art blogs)

Peter Gabriel's version, mutated to Seattle art blogs.Shaun Kardinal on Translinguistic Other:Andy Warhol, Ann Buchanan's Screen Test on Best Of:Joey Veltkamp on Best Of, deer, all the time, deer:Except, of course, for Joey, there are also bears. (Eye of ownership, eyes of ecstasy.) Joey on Getting to Know You Better:Staring over the burn: Ariana Page Russell on Getting To Know You Better:Staring at nothing: Diane Arbus on Jouissance: … [Read more...]

After Magritte – big kiss, can’t breathe

Magritte, The Lovers, 1928 (via)Part 1: Big KissTanya Batura, Intricacies of Dreaming 1  2004 Clay, airbrushed acrylic paintAriana Page Russell, Heat Wave 2008, archival inkjet print, edition of 5 18 x 26 inchesPart 2 - can't breatheTanya Batura Inhale, 2003, Clay, glaze, china paintDan Webb, SHROUD, 2008 Carved wood (Redwood) 22 x 7.5 x 11 inches Collection of the Seattle Art Museum … [Read more...]

Thy lips are a thread of scarlet

Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.Song of SolomonArtists threading the scarlet tend to color within the lines. Man RayMan Ray againAnd again, when his favorite erogenous zone became weather.When we're talking about erogenous, however, nobody beats Marilyn Minter's Green Pink Caviar, trailer below and on the link.  For coloring outside the lines, credit goes first to Irving Penn, 1986, ...and second to Ariana Page Russell, whose photos of her … [Read more...]

Seattle gallery introductions: Let me present my wife

Last fall, members of the Seattle Art Dealers Association (SADA) attempted to define who in their view is a singular artist for an exhibit titled, Century 21: Dealer's Choice.Predictably, the results were mixed. Just because dealers align themselves in a group doesn't mean they have anything in common. Like every other city with a thriving gallery scene, Seattle's galleries run on different tracks. Many specialize in intimate home decor. As long as there is a market for art that contains no criticality in its approach to content, there will be … [Read more...]


SEATTLE (AND REGIONAL) ART BLOGS · Art and Politics Now · Artblog +. Artdish · Art Scatter · Best Of. Blandiloquent. Culturephile - Portland Arts. Dimensions Variable. Eva Lake. Freese . Getting to Know You Better . Go See Art · Hank . jouissance. Meaning in Art. My heroes died of syphilis. O My God Seattle . Oregon Art Live · Olympia Dumpster Divers . Pacific Standard · Peripheral Vision. Poor Worm . Port · Round About Seattle. Seattle Art Blog.  SOAP. Something To Say · Stranger - Visual Art . Telephone Room · Translinguistic … [Read more...]

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