Russ Connell

Russ Connell

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Russ Connell
My work is based in the fundamentals of sculpture, each new piece is an opportunity to play with balance and the positive and negative space created by the piece. I’m interested in most every method of fabrication, my current body of work is a reflection of that. My working process is organic, though the forms are often quite geometric in presentation. I like to start building each part individually, creating a natural flow and movement through the pieces as they become welded into a single sculpture. My pieces range from CNC files that have been cut and welded to hand made pieces that are meticulously formed. I’ve recently taken an interest in digital fabrication, using methods of 3D scanning and printing to create cast bronzes. The current exhibition is an exploration into multiple facets of production. I’ve tried to challenge myself with each process, from simplifying and limiting the scale of certain pieces to venturing into formerly unknown processes of digital design and execution. The past year has been a tremendous opportunity for growth in my professional practice and I’ve attempted to capture every challenge, growth, fear, and victory in this body of work. See Russ in this piece for HGTV: https://www.hgtv.com/videos/russ-connell-5339069 Studio Visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hyIKtt6ln8 Education: 2009 - 2014 University of North Texas, Bachelor of Fine Art in Metalsmithing and Jewelry De- sign Exhibitions: 2018: Nice to Meet You (solo exhibition), Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX Art al Fresco, Boerne, TX Art on Henderson, Dallas, TX 2017: Group Show, Craighead-Green Gallery, Dallas, TX Tiny Monsters, FE Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2016: Old Town Art Stroll, Coppell, TX 2015: Art on Henderson, Dallas, TX Art al Fresco, Boerne, TX Art on the Green, Wichita Falls, TX 2013: Blow-Up Gallery, Dallas, TX 2012: University of North Texas North Gallery Commissioned Works: 2017: Hall Park Monumental Sculpture (22’ tall), Frisco, TX Hall Park Flower Wall Installation (2000 pieces) Frisco, TX 2015: One Main Place- Flower Accent Wall, Dallas, TX One Main Place- Diamondback (2 symmetrical 12’ sculptures), Dallas, TX 2014: Larry Srubas Private Residence: Quartz Chandelier, Dallas, TX Mostyn Law Firm, Tree Branch Light Fixtures, Austin, TX 2013: Erik Travis Designs, Tree Branch Light Fixture, Dallas, TX Randy White, Coffee Table Commissions, Dallas, TX Galleries: 2017- Current Craighead Green Gallery, Dallas, TX 2012-2014 Artisan’s Collective, Dallas, TX 2013: Curated, Dallas, TX
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