ISRAELI PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEOS AND DRAWING
‘On a Clear Day We Can See Forever’, a solo show by Israeli-born artist Karen Russo is presented by Paradise Row until 13th June 2009. In her video installations, drawings, writing, and photographs, Russo attempts to illuminate the murkier side of human life.
The exhibition unites two bold bodies of work.
The Mole Man
The Mole Man is a fascinating photographic record of the compulsive activities of 75-year old William Lyttle, a long-term resident of Hackney, London, who has spent several decades digging an elaborate network of tunnels beneath his house.
Russo’s work examines the parallels between Lyttle’s subterranean tunnel-making and the process of artistic production. The underground world the work inhabits also delves deep into ideas of human consciousness and invisibility.
Target: 090913 977 (Silberschlag Crater on Moon)
Target: 090913 977 (Silberschlag Crater on Moon), a video and sculptural work commissioned by the Hayward Gallery Project Space for a forthcoming exhibition ‘Deceitful Moon’, explores a controversial mental faculty know as Remote Viewing.
Discovered by ‘Consciousness Researcher’ Ingo Swann, and developed by physicists Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ for a CIA sponsored programme in the early 1970’s, Remote Viewing enables the perceiver or ‘viewer’ to describe in vivid detail a visual target without access to normal sense data or prior knowledge. The only information the viewer receives about the target is a series of coordinates which serve him as a reference.
The video documents the process of a ‘Remote Viewer’ attempting to identify a target on the dark side of the moon. His graphic impressions were recorded and then delivered to a professional sci-fi movie model maker who was, in turn, instructed to build a model based on the visual descriptions provided.
The resulting sculpture presents a fictional lunar landscape based on psychic information, where a poetic and fictional proposition becomes more tangible than a physical place. Different modes of perceiving the world – both the world outside and the world within – are engaged and a zone where the two might meet is suggested.
About Karen Russo
Born in Israel in 1974, Russo studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She has had solo exhibitions in The Israel Museum in 2001 and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel in 2000. She has been in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, in 2009, the Ein Harod Museum, Israel in 2009, the Busan Biennial Korea 2008, the Tel Aviv Museum in 2008 and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 2007.