I have arranged my studio practice around the traditional, often figurative and romantic notions of beauty in painting. This serves as my backdrop to elevate the everyday. My aesthetic choices marry high art theory and the quotidian to create a new narrative. I amplify a conversation between the commonplace of contemporary objects and the luxury of historical painting. This contrariety is where my work finds its legs, revealing an absurd dialogue. My work waits for something that never comes. But it is not about what is promised, it is about the wait itself, and the splendor and humor in the painted image.
Text – The text puts the viewer in a position where they become part of the work. The “reader” performs the piece and therefore intertwined with the compositional elements.
The color pink – I consider the color pink metaphoric—it can be bodily, sensual, gross and dramatic, and I use it as such.
Pixelation – The pixelation/grid relationship address artifice—it reflects the way mathematics and technology are used to create a facsimile of nature.
2012. M.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.
2009. B. A. Keystone College, La Plume, PA.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018. Absurd Constructions of Dialogue, The Workshop. Vineyard Haven, MA.
2012. Users , AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA.
2011. A Plastic Farm Reflection , Little Beasts Gallery. Savannah, GA.
Natural Artifice , Richard J. Demato Gallery. Sag Harbor, NY.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017. Strong, Tender and True, Brob Din Gnag. Pheonixville, PA.
2015. Scope: Miami, Galerie C. O. A. Montreal, QC
Mute , Galerie C. O. A. Montreal, QC.
Landfall, Gutstein Gallery. Savannah, GA.
Scope: New York , Galerie C. O. A. Montreal, QC.
2014. Play , Galerie C. O. A. Montreal, QC.
It's Not the Size that Counts , The Workshop. Vineyard Haven, MA.
The Vicinity of Objects , A. F. A Gallery. Scranton, PA.
2013. Decked Out , Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA.
2012. Small Works 2012 , Gutstein Gallery. Savannah, GA.
It's a Small, Small World , Family Business. New York, NY.
2011. Over Consumption/Under Construction , Mr. Beast Gallery. Savannah, GA.
Art Hamptons , The Richard J. Demato Gallery. Bridgehampton, NY.
2018. Noto, Russ. Flowers and Concrete. Philadelphia, PA.
2016. Fresh Paint Magazine. Issue #13. New York, NY.
Savannah Homes. Summer 2016. Savannah, GA.
2014. New American Paintings: Northeast #110, Boston, MA.
2013. Mikrokosmos: An Interview with Russ Noto, Wichita, KS.
2011. American Art Collector: Artifice, Scottsdale, AZ.
2010 - 2018. Savannah College of Art and Design, Permanent Collection, Savannah, GA.
Montreal, QC, Beijing, CHN, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New
York, Pennsylvania, Washington.
2010. Painting Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Savannah College of Art and
Design, Savannah, GA.
Flowers and Concrete