SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019, 19 Years at 535, group show, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2019, Ceramic Vessels and Painting, solo show, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

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Installation view

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Installation view

  • 2019, Feast and Famine, group show, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

  • 2017, C’est le bouquet ! , group show, Fondation d’entreprise Bernardaud, Limoges, France

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Installation view

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  • 2017, Herbarium, group show, NYU Langone Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2016, Hypernatural, two-person show, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

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Design, No. 10

  • ​​2016, After the Golden Age, solo show, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

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Installation View

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Snakes on Pillows

  • 2016,The Conference of Birds, group show, The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY

  • 2012, Unnatural Natural History, group show, Royal West Academy, Bristol, England

  • 2012, After the Golden Age, solo show, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

After the Golden Age consists of 45 ceramic objects on a wooden pedestal designed for the installation. The crowded still life objects, each hand produced, were inspired by art history and the decorative arts, sometimes loosely and sometimes quite specifically. All the objects are glazed white terracotta.

From the exhibition's press release:

The essential element of the still life is not the golden goblet or the Ming bowl, or even the pile of luxurious fruit. The essential element of the still life is the bug haunting the fruit bowl, the worm that burrows into the surreally beautiful apple. All still life is haunted. It is haunted with desire and greed, with the past and loss, with ostentation and pride. I started the work that has become "After the Golden Age" when I got back to the studio from a trip to Paris. The sadness of beauty and grandeur was very strong there. The world is so beautiful, there are so many beautiful things, but sometimes it all feels cursed.

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Installation views

Photos courtesy Julie Saul Gallery

Details

  • 2009   Pollination, 2-person show, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2009   Back to the Garden, group show, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY

  • 2008   Specimen, group show, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

  • 2008   In Response, group show, Glyndor Gallery, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY

Six artists were asked to create work in response to Wave Hill’s exuberant summer garden. Christopher Russell produced new pieces for his Beework series. Jennifer McGregor, Wave Hill Senior Curator wrote: With an eye to decorative ceramics and natural illustrations, Christopher Russell instills a sense of awe and wonder in observing the world of bees.

About Beework:

In 2007 I began an ongoing series of ceramic pieces which I group under the title Beework. The series is inspired by the many visual wonders of the world of bees. The first pieces were my version of honeycombs. I began these in the spirit of simple amazement after looking at photographs of bees working in their hives. This led to looking at photographs of pollen, and again I felt the challenge to try my hand. Later pieces depict the bees, often in the company of birds, in their wider environment.

Curator Anonda Bell wrote about this series:

Russell’s works hark back to the glass creations of the German craftsmen Leopole and Rudolf Blaschka. These artists created highly realistic specimens based on the natural world for private and museum collections where they were used as teaching aids. Russell’s Bee Work series is in the long standing tradition of scientific models and the decorative arts. His expertise with hand built ceramic forms facilitates translation of the complexity of the beehive, or the intricacy of individual grains of pollen, into forms which are of a scale that we can all appreciate.

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Bees on mullein, installation view
Photo by Stefan Hagan

Bottom left

Hive and pollen, installation view
Photo by Stefan Hagan

Top right

Bees on mullein, installation view
Photo by Christopher Russell

Bottom right

Hive, detail
Photo by Christopher Russell

  • 1996   Artists on their Own, group show, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

  • 1995   Upstate Bacchus, solo show, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

  • 1994   Watershed, Group Show, Maine Coast Artists Gallery, Rockport, ME