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CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL
ESCAPE FROM LA

April 5 – May 13, 2017
First Thursday art walk April 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Design Week Open House, April 25, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Christopher Russell has regularly reinvented his practice to avoid easy categorization. He made his mark in Los Angeles with irreverent installations of altered photographs paired with transgressive, fictional texts, sharing the chaotic aesthetic of his notorious 'zine Bedwetter. As Russell traveled the country, eventually settling in Portland, his work became slower, combining laborious scratching of the print surface with other layers of material experimentation. Russell’s debut exhibition at Upfor highlights four projects developed during this nomadic period with a special presentation of images from his 1996 body of work, Landscape, hidden camera images of strangers meeting for sex in the bushes of a San Francisco park. Immediately prior to this exhibition, Upfor presents new works by Russell in New York at The Photography Show presented by AIPAD.