The Studio no. 6 is an enactment of Philip Guston’s 1969 painting The Studio which represents Guston’s familiar hooded character as the Artist protagonist painting his self-portrait.
The Studio - 6 min Excerpt
Untitled Feat. Rachel Russell
Through the medium of video, both live action and animation, Rachel Russell makes work that concerns itself with the notion of ‘performance’, performance not only as an expression of creativity but also as an act of labour.
The performance in the live action videos, ‘Untitled (feat. Sean Price)’ and ‘Untitled (feat. Rachel Russell)’, is of an unnamed clown. In ‘Untitled (feat. Sean Price)’, his act is delivered to an audience of balloon animals. In ‘Untitled (feat. Rachel Russell)’ the clown is shown alone in his dressing room preparing for his show. The show is more an act of compulsion than volition, a performance more rooted in humiliation than entertainment. It is through this attempt at performance though that he fashions some semblance of an identity.