Born 1972, , Australia.
Lives and works in Redcliffe, QLD, Australia.
Russells art practice is focused on whimsical kinetic sculpture - small and large. His artworks are a play on consumer behavior - creating desirable but completely unnecessary appliances that seduce people to buy. He often makes art in series as a way of exploring concept as well as amplifying the appliances absurdity - So you built this Bubble Machine from scratch? What? Youve built two? And youre working on a third?!?!.
Although it doesnt negate the need for a conceptual basis, Russell strongly believes a person should be able to access and appreciate artwork without having a degree. He thinks this is especially true of work in the public realm; the general public isnt making an active decision to engage with artworks (eg visit a gallery) - the artwork is in their space. He endeavours to address this issue in his work by providing multiple access points including visual aesthetics, attention to detail, sense of whimsy, complexity and the balance of form and function. Public appreciation for his artwork ranges from pure fun and enjoyment (children running after the bubble machine) to serious discussion of the mechanics looks like a rolling beam suspension youve got there laddie.