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Craig Russell

August 15, 2024 to November 2, 2024
Community Gallery

Events

Opening Reception: TBA

The exhibition Me, I Think is a series of nearly 100 “selfies,” taken outside the vernacular of social media–a deliberate misunderstanding of their function. The photographs are an intimate, personal documentation of a Brandon Heritage home that deliberately obscure their own contexts. They are a scavenger hunt of reflective surfaces, a record of discovery, of family, and of giddy play. Craig Russell is a writer, playwright, and retired city administrator who created a game for himself while he was stuck at home during the pandemic: to take one photo of his reflection every day for 100 days.

From the Artist Statement:
For most of human existence, ordinary people might occasionally see their own face in a bowl of water or on the surface of a still pond.
Only much later in history did the well-to-do have “looking glasses”, and only the very wealthy could afford to have their likeness painted.
And even then it was said of portraiture, that every portrait contains the artist.

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When photography was new, it was touted as the medium of truth. Photographs would show us the world as it truly is, unfiltered and real.
But now selfie-culture shows only what the “self-taker” wants us to see
Them at their best. Smiling. Happy. Perfect.
Many photographs leave us feeling that everyone is having a better time than we are.
That others are better at life than we are.

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As you view these photographs please feel how your eyes are drawn to what should be my face.
We simply can’t help ourselves.

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