A premiere reception will be held in the gallery on opening night at 5:30 pm. Starting October 7, the exhibit is open to the public on Fridays from 4-8 pm and Saturdays from 12-6 pm through November 19. Clark will be in the gallery during these open hours to talk with guests about his work, and to give personal tours of Riddleville.
Decades in the works, Clark Russell’s alternate universe / small world, features skyscrapers brimming with still-life scenarios made of disassembled machines, plastic figurines, family heirlooms, and reclaimed scrap. Riddleville showcases a wide variety of whimsically juxtaposed modern artifacts that give a taste of the equally compelling and disturbing cycles of collecting and discarding cultural consumables. You will delight in seeing objects from your childhood reconfigured and rearranged—but be careful, this awesome gathering is almost too enticing to the curious and nostalgic. Welcome to Riddleville, a sanctuary city of tiny epic proportions.
Burlington-based artist Clark Russell has been creating paintings, collages, and wall sculptures since graduating from the University of Vermont in 1983. Solo exhibitions of Russell’s artworks have taken place in his hometown of St. Louis, New York City, Burlington’s Fleming Museum, the Flynn, Firehouse Gallery, Trinity College, and St. Michael’s College. Mr. Russell is the former director of performance art troupe Safari 500, and he plays music in Blowtorch (conscious punk) and RECon (sound collage). In the works for decades, this is Clark Russell’s first public display of Riddleville. His longtime studio is directly next door to the Flynn.