The Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECG) presents Upon All of Their Tomorrows…, an exhibition of drawings by Doug Russell on view from October 12th – 27th at the HECG, located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT, on 11th Avenue, across from the Duck Pond. There will be a lecture by the artist on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 pm in Cheever Hall Room 215, followed by a public reception from 7:30 – 9:30 pm in the HECG. The lecture and the exhibit will be part of the College of Arts and Architecture Fall Art Walk, also featuring the work of Ella Watson, Scotland Steele, belt buckles from the Belt Buckle Championship organized by Bryan Petersen, and an exhibit of ceramic cups by the students of Josh DeWeese. The CAA Fall Artwalk will be Thursday, October, 27th from 7:30 – 9:30. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided, including a cash bar. All events are free and open to the public.
On view at the HECG will be drawings by Doug Russell depicting architectural remains. Most of the works are made with Prismacolor pencil and gesso on Mylar, giving them a haunting translucency, which only compliments his decaying subject matter. In his work, Russell explores the inevitable effect of time upon human aspirations. Rooted in his love of of direct observational drawing and architectural form, the imagery and process of his work reflect the perpetual cycle of human construction and natural decay in architecture. Upon All of Their Tomorrows… was inspired by his travels to Cambodia, where he explored the ruins of the Angkor Wat and other Khmer sites. In addition, he found inspiration for the series from when he lived in Turkey 20 years ago and observed Greek and Roman ruins, tombs carved into rock cliffs, and ancient multi-story underground cities. As Russell asserts in his artist statement, “I examine these basic truths: we dismantle the past to reconstruct our future; all that is came from something else; all that is will in turn become something new; we live now – for a moment – upon all of their tomorrows.” More of Russell’s work, including his blog and Instagram feed, can be seen at http://russellfineart.com.
Doug Russell lives and works in Laramie, Wyoming. His work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Missoula Art Museum, the Leedy Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and in numerous group exhibitions including The Architecture of an Idea at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Evidence and Residues: An Investigation of Contemporary Drawing at Indiana State University, and three International Drawing Annuals (INDA) published through Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center. He is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming, where is coordinator of the drawing program.