Valentin Russo

Valentin Russo

MEDIUM: Photography
CITY: London, UK

Valentin Russo is a young Parisian artist, who currently lives in London. He is passionate about photography and video, has directed various short films and is currently studying Fine Arts in Great Britain’s capital. The photographer creates images with a life of their own; they seek to surpass the limits of the inherent statics of photography, seemingly portraying thousands of still images contained in a single picture. The dynamism, plasticity and movement present in Valentin's work conceive a whole new dimension for the viewer, who admires the abstract and highly expressive urban spaces portrayed.
Artig Gallery presents a series of limited edition photographs created by Valentin. Each photograph is signed and numbered by the artist, comes with a certificate of authenticity and will be printed on request by the artist.

“I am interested in the boundary between abstraction and reality in photography, a medium often associated with objective truth. I enjoy distorting every day scenes, invoking abstract photographic effects and magnifying the colour. I want to make the viewer aware of the physicality of the image by exposing the grain or creating distortions during the process of developing the film. I think it is analogous to a painter using the materiality of the paint to make the viewer aware of the surface.
My practice involves two processes, which feed into each other. I first draw from reality by photographing what’s around me while wandering in the city to capture forms, characters and atmosphere. Then, I explore the photographic material in a more experimental way through my research in the darkroom or using digital technologies. I mostly work with analogical photography because it is a more personal medium; I have a lot more control over the final image. I enjoy creating "hybrid" images, which combine both analogue and digital techniques. I’m inspired by painting and films which feed my photographic practice. The artists that have had the greatest impact on my oeuvre are Kandinsky, Ernst, De stael, Dubuffet, Daisuke Yokota, John Batho, Paolo Nozolino, Gursky, Trent Parke, Erwan Morrère.”

Residency in the Fish Factory, Iceland (2018)
Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School (2015-2018)
Foundation course at Atelier de Sèvres Paris (2014).

“Fragments “, The Norman Rea Gallery, London (2017)
Collaboration with Artig Gallery, Galerie Lafayette Berlin, Berlin (2017)
“Scriptless”, Gasworks Gallery, London (2017)
Group show “Daub” ArtisTank, London (2017)
Open Studio, CSM building, Granary Square, London (2016)
Galerie Ephémère, Paris (2015)
Exhibition of works at Galerie Métamorphoses, Paris (2014)

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