|Ten years ago, Brian Russell, already a recognized metal sculptor and woodworker, chose to investigate the possibilities of using glass as a means to add color to his work. In 1999, Brian Russell was exposed to the technique of lost wax glass casting and became determined to master this demanding process in addition to his other mediums. A decade later, Russell continues to create works of remarkable beauty and power, as metal and glass come together in an unforgettable fusion of movement and color.
The forms, rhythms and mathematics of nature inform Brian Russell's work. His fondness for nature's complexity is evident in his newest series of sculpture. "I love the qualities of foliage, the structure of leaves, the subtlety of overlapping flower petals, which are translucent like glass". Constantly innovative, Russell applies skills mastered in other media to his glass work. More than 25 years of experience woodworking effects Russell's treatment when carving the wax original. His ability to delicately manipulate the wax allows for the intricate glass forms of the Ikebana, which have complicated internal structures. The qualities inherent in the lead crystal permit the intersection of multiple planes within each sculpture without compromising the piece. Subtle changes in the transparency and depth of glass color occur as forms shift from interiors that overlap, wrap and fold to undulating, paper thin edges. The metalwork in all of Russell's sculpture, whether forged steel or fabricated bronze or aluminum, is a natural and complimentary response to the glass.
In addition to individual interior works, Brian Russell has completed numerous, outdoor and public pieces from San Francisco, CA to Newburyport, CT. His most recent commission has been secured for a pair of outdoor sculpture to be placed in the meditative garden at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC.
Decade of Exploration, highlighting the development of Brian Russell's interior and exterior sculpture is available during this solo exhibition.