Adie Russell | New Work | 11 June - 23 July 2011
the most extreme perfect that exists.

the most extreme perfect that exists.

For Immediate Release

Adie Russell
New Work
the most extreme perfect that exists.

Flat Files Project Space: Reuben Moore

11 June - 23 July 2011
Opening Party: June 11, 6 - 8 pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 1 - 5 pm

Roos Arts is proud to present the most extreme perfect that exists., an exhibition of new work by Adie Russell. The show takes its name from the title of a video work, the latest in Russell’s ongoing Covers series. In this video she embodies the voice of Ingmar Bergman as he discusses the events that inspired him to write his 1966 film Persona. Ruminating on themes of personal identity, existence, life after death and the foibles of aspiring to some state of perfection, Russell both sincerely expresses the happiness Bergman feels as he describes an anesthetic-induced feeling of nonexistence, and humorously shares his stuttering frustration at being unable to think of the word he’s looking for in English. Russell’s work often plays with the permeability of identity as well as questions of reality vs. illusion, and this is no exception. She stands before a photographic backdrop of a perfect flowering tree, while the fluttering patterns of dappled sunlight pass through real trees to play across the frame.

Also in the exhibition are paintings and drawings, some on vintage postcards, that expand on themes from both the Bergman interview and Persona. Abstraction and landscape commingle in these delicate, layered pieces. Mandala-like circles hover above the ocean, or mountainous lumps, bulges of bright color ooze from the edges of pure and meditative forms, shapes are doubled, repeated, reflected, moving from foreground to background to foreground again. A small drawing in walnut ink depicts a vaguely ominous boulder decrying “Oui Oui” to a protesting pile of petals that dissipate around the words “Non Non.” A comic take on the revolving door of unity and dissolution.

Adie Russell’s videos, drawings, paintings and photographs have been shown in galleries and museums both in the United States and abroad. Her work will be included in an upcoming exhibition, The Subterraneans, at The School of Art in Leeds, UK, and she is the recent recipient of a fellowship from The Center for Photography at Woodstock. She lives and works in Stone Ridge, New York.

Please contact Heige Kim at or 718-755-4726 for more information about this exhibition.

Roos Arts
449 Main Street
Rosendale NY, 12472
t. 718-755-4726