My work is an absurd construction of dialogue. I use the traditional, often figurative and romantic notions of beauty in painting as separate materials within an experience. This converses and elevates the quotidian in my work. There is a drama that occurs when you put the plasticity of everyday consumer objects at the same table with the aura of historical painting. It shows the glory of the past mashed with the easy indifference of the present. This is funny to me. Currently, it is the illogical and absurd narrative between; a really sensual oil paining, store bought tennis balls, duct tape and concrete that I am currently interested in. *Notes The color pink – I consider the color pink as bodily. It then becomes sensual, gross and dramatic and I try to use it as such. Text – The text puts the viewer in a position where they can become part of the work. The ”reader” becomes the performer of a piece and therefore intertwined with the compositional elements.

 

b.  1985

 

 

EDUCATION

 

2012.    M.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.

 

2009.    B. A. Keystone College, La Plume, PA.

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

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

 

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.  Mr. Beast Gallery: Over Consumption/Under Construction, Savannah, GA.

 

            Art Hamptons, The Richard J. Demato Gallery.  Bridgehampton, NY.

 

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

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.

 

 

COLLECTIONS

 

            Savannah College of Art and Design, Permanent Collection, Savannah, GA.

 

            Montreal, QC, Beijing, CHN, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington.

 

 

HONORS

 

2010.    Painting Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.

I am happy to provide a list of available works upon request.

 

Thank you!

 

russ@russnoto.com

 

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