John Russell

Fabienne Audéoud and John Russell, Giraffes with faces of ecstatic saints, 2011, Oil/acrylic on microfibre, 2011.

Exhibited at:

After Shelley Duvall '72 (Frogs on the High Line)
Maccarone, New York
Curated by Bjarne Melgaard
September 17 to October 22, 2011
Anonymous Three: Anonymous Three Selects Omar Harvey, Fabienne Audéoud and John Russell, Michael Alig, Alissa Bennett, Sverre Bjertnes, Big Fat Black Cock, Inc., Caroline Busta, William L. Copley, John Duncan, John Kelsey, Richard Kern, Michael Bernard, Loggins, Lydia Lunch , John Patrick McKenzie, Dwight Mackintosh, Bjarne Melgaard, Marlon Mullen, William Pope.L, Sam Pulitzer + Mathieu Malouf, Seth Shapiro, Estate of Martin Wong


Painting Show
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
Curated by Sophie von Hellermann & Gavin Wade
26 November 2011 to 25 February 2012
George Best, Ashley Bickerton, Simon Bill, Joe Bradley, Brendan Cass, George Condo, Cullinan Richards, Mark Handforth, Dietmar Lutz, Hayley Tompkins, Barry McGee, David Musgrave, Paul Newman, André Niebur, Rupert Norfolk, Nicolas Party, William Pope.L, Laure Prouvost, Rob Pruitt, RH Quaytman, Imran Qureshi, Alessandro Raho, Dan Rees, Tamuna Sirbiladze, John Russell & Fabienne Audéoud, DJ Simpson, Josh Smith, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Paul Thek, Richard Tuttle, Markus Vater, Richard Woods, Zheng Guogu.

  Installation, After Shelley Duvall '72 (Frogs on the High Line)Maccarone, New York.  

Paintings: Fabienne Audeoud & John Russell. 'Giraffes with faces of ecstatic saints' 2011.

From left to right

1/ Euphemia Gee: named after Saint Euphemia, who was tortured on the wheel but still refused
to renounce her faith, even when she was stabbed in the lungs. She was sentenced to death in the
arena where she died of wounds inflicted by the wild animals attacking her. Also named after S.
Germanotta Lady G. / “Put in on amen fashion, celebrate a new compassion, style your passion,
Jesus is the new black, work it black Jesus” (by P.Blair & S. Germanotta) / Feelings and surfaces /
Maybe it is you who are the enemy.
Oil and acrylic on black fabric (2011). 101 (w) x 381 (h) cm, 2011

2/ Rose of Lima Baby Gee: named after Saint Rose of Lima, the first New World canonized saint
who, at a rather young age, began her life of ritualistic self flagellation, starvation and endless
piety. She was wearing a crown of flowers woven around a coronet of metal spikes that would be
embedded into her scalp. In times of distress, Rose was known to seclude herself and hit her head
to make the spikes dig deeper into her head, reminding her that no matter what she did to herself,
Jesus suffered worse / A nun sucking a donkey, why not? / Cleaning bones for Uganda, why not?
Oil and acrylic on black fabric (2011). 87 (w) x 247 (h) cm.

3/ Jacquelinette also called Elmo: named after Saint Elmo, who was tortured by having his
intestines wound onto a winch or capstan before he got beheaded / Der Verfremdungseffekt
(Brecht) / Do I really want to see someone cross the gallery – very seriously - slowly - like they’re
walking on eggs or like they are a giraffe? / In hell nobody listens to your career problems.
Oil and acrylic on black fabric (2011). 105 (w) x 361 (h) cm.

4/ Marat Gee: named after the painting by David where Marat is dying with his eyelids droop, his
head weighs heavily on his shoulder, his right arm sliding to the ground. His body, as painted by
the artist, is that of a healthy man, still young. The scene inevitably calls to mind a rendering of the
"Descent from the Cross." The face is marked by suffering, but is also gentle and suffused by a
growing peacefulness as the pangs of death loosen their grip / The linguistic survival of the one
addressed (J. Butler) / Blood foaming around him in water.
Oil and acrylic on black fabric (2011). 107 (w) x 396 (h) cm.

5/ Gee Rosy Bindi Gee: named in reference to Italian former health minister Rosy Bindi who, in
August 2010 said about Kadhafi’s lectures in front of a group of 500 young women hired and paid
by an agency: “They are a new, humiliating violation of Italian women’s dignity”. One of the
women present claimed that Kadhafi had said at the gathering: “Women are more respected in
Libya than in the West” and offered assistance in finding Libyan husbands / The malediction of
the will / A powerful and poetic de-constructed urban and intimate drama.
Oil and acrylic on black fabric (2011). 102 (w) x 382 (h) cm.

6/ Lucia Bernadette Gee: named after saint Lucia, a wealthy young Christian martyr who
consecrated her virginity to God, refused to marry a pagan, and had her dowry distributed to the
poor. Her would-be husband denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily.
Miraculously unable to move her or burn her, the guards took out her eyes with a fork. In another
version, Lucy's would-be husband admired her eyes, so she tore them out and gave them to him,
saying, "Now let me live to God"/ Suffering as ornaments/ Heidegger, Identity & Difference /
Looking at the toiletries in her bathroom, it was not nice to think about her rubbing them on her
Oil and acrylic on black fabric (2011). 119 (w) x 402 (h) cm.

7/ Saint Baby Vitus Gee: named after Saint Vitus, condemned to death in the arena. As wild
beasts and lions refused to attack him, he was killed by being boiled in oil / The DSK-Diallo case /
The object of the masquerade is to say nothing / No one knows what she sees in her dreams.
Oil and acrylic on black fabric (2011). 99 (w) x 209 (h) cm

  Installation Painting Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham