Michael Russell

Region: MFA Annual

The subjects I investigate are often symptomatic of society’s nervousness and its shortage of self-criticality. I search for phenomena that at one time felt strange and new, but have since been accepted and reduced to being commonplace and unchallenged. My drawings take a position of political ambiguity and exemplify the condition of cultural fatigue that arises out of our instant media climate. By not passing judgment on issues that may be present, such as violence, race, or our faith in technology, my drawings point to conversations greater than themselves. This level of detachment allows for the possibility for criticality and irreverence to coexist.