Saturday 21 February 2015

Mike Russell - Negated Obstacle

Mike Russell - Negated Obstacle
Welcome to the Dwell exhibition and book. For a whole month we will be taking each artist's page and transforming it into a 3 dimensional dwelling. Each one of these small sculptures will be exhibited in public on the London streets.

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Today we bring you Mike Russell's cube dwelling, Negated Obstacle, on the streets of Walthamstow. Mike has been exhibiting with us since the Brighton Open in 2011. He cuts a mysterious figure and like many of our artists we have grown close to him yet have never met. After each exhibition though we get another glimpse of the man behind the art.

The Entrance Door To Life
Mike Russell
In 2012 he piqued our interest with his page 'The Entrance Door To Life' in Sampson Low Ltd's publication Freedbook. It charts the journey from the spiritual side to our more concrete world or possibly vice versa. The final line of the story reads 'now you must learn to see without your eyes'. It's the kind of sentence you never forget and I have often wondered if Mike Russell the Artist is also the well known Medium of the same name.

Building the nets
Mike Russell's dwelling 'Negated Obstacle' starts life as the classic cube net, but once made it is a joy of confusing angles and perspectives. When we first built Negated Obstacle for the Dwell book it was a firm favourite amongst our net guinea pigs. It's just the sort of illusion that makes you think twice, as you walk around it the cube changes form and shape. When you see it on the London streets you feel as though you cannot trust your own eyes. Maybe it is time to take Mike Russell's Freedbook advice and see without these globular organs.

Don't forget to have a look at the next Collect Connect project, 'The Art of Caring' exhibition at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. The theme is Caring/Care and it is FREE to enter.

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