AWESOME CREATOR: Legacy Russell, Brooklyn NY: Wayward Ceremonies for Our Times
Legacy asks of her work, “Who killed the pork chops? What price bananas? Are you my Angel?”
She creates “tangible constructions inspired by the often intangible landscapes of memory and identity, the objects that rise to the surface have escaped their original owners and serve the function of participating in wayward ceremonies of remembrance, iconography, and idolatry.”
And we are thankful that she does. Legacy’s critical, playful, artful examinations are the work of a committed woman whose production across a range of mediums is at once is intimate and universal, searing and comforting, ephemeral and concrete. Here is someone who has continuously engaged in the public sphere, creating and enabling community and connection, questioning and interrupting our visual and verbal culture — yet who never ceases to turn the lens on herself, writing fiction and poetry with the deft quietude of the best hermits.
Every inch the model of the AWESOME CREATOR, Legacy is tireless in her efforts, and has been very rightly been recognized as a force to be reckoned with (but also well loved and appreciated) by her peers — one comes quickly to realize the great humility, kindness, and generosity of spirit in this young artist, one that is rare in someone on whom such accolades have been showered. Just this year she was recognized as one of the “10 Most Inspiring Young Artists in NYC Right Now” by Refinery 29, who had previously profiled her site specific, interactive piece, OPEN CEREMONY, begun in association with Trust Art in 2011.
Exit Strata is very excited to introduce you to Legacy this week as we celebrate the opening of Young Curators, New Ideas IV, this thursday June 7th at the Meulensteen Gallery in Chelsea.
Amy Beecher, A.K. Burns, and Julia Weist take varied approaches in response to narratives surrounding gender, sexuality, and cultural politic. Each experiments with the redefinition of portraiture and sculpture via the lens of printing, archiving and conservation. These works are paradoxical, challenging the same social and creative histories they strive to integrate into, highlighting the conflicts and clashes within the language of negotiation, critique, and reexamination as proffered by female artists. Each questions the codes of power that substantiate themselves within a longer historicized lineage of process-based art-making and bridges the gap between classical forms of art (painting, literature, sculpture) and pop culture. These artists offer up corrections within the scope of this narrative via their individual practices, a series of erratum that strive to set the record straight.”
Exhibit: June 8 – August 24th, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday June 7th, 6-9 pm
Music by Derrick Adams and DJ Imposter
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In case you weren’t already floored, Legacy has also had work featured in a myriad of printed and online publications alike— Refinery29, the Village Voice, the New York Times, the Santa Fe Literary Journal, Guernica, the online theological journal Killing The Buddha, and more. Her creative and academic work explores mourning, remembrance, iconography, and idolatry within the public realm. Oh yeah, and she’s an art editor at BOMB.