Currently Hanging: Ariana Page Russell and Jesse Burke at Platform
by Jen Graves
on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM
Left, one of Burke's photographs of hunting blinds; right, a self-portrait by Russell.
On the right wall of Platform Gallery are Jesse Burke's creepy, creepy photographs of hunting blinds at night. Hunting blinds are where you hide to shoot at animals—they're not supposed to be the subjects of shooters themselves. They're isolated and anonymous; they look like sites of violence. They're at odds with their environs, forests where setting skies are pink or green sprigs of evergreen trees jut upward hopefully.
On the left wall of Platform Gallery are Ariana Page Russell's self-portrait photographs of her angry red skin—she has a condition called dermatographia, which has made her skin like paper, turning it into her medium for several years now. She pulls at her legs and her face like she's frantically looking for something, like she's strung-out and exhausted by her own appearance.
Each body of work is like a 911 call made by each gender. The way they come together, face off, and ignore each other in the room heightens the experience of both.