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Reynolds Gallery To Host Russell Photo Exhibit

Feb 26, 2013

The University of the Pacific's Reynolds Gallery will host an exhibit by a San Joaquin Delta College photography professor.

Contemporary photographer Kirstyn Russell will exhibit "three photographic series that intertwine histories, both real and created, that she projects onto the landscape."

The "Where We Are Not Known" exhibit will run March 11 to April 5 at the Reynolds Gallery in the Jeannette Powell Art Center at 1071 W. Mendocino Ave. in Stockton.

"I began looking at the edges of communities and questioning how we project ourselves into what we photograph," Russell said of her work. "As I continued with the work, I started looking at gender and queerness in the landscape. Is there room for queerness in areas where it may not be safe to be queer? I started photographing queer spaces in rural, suburban and abandoned urban places.

"I found that often you see more rainbows on the muffler shop than on the local gay bars," she said. "I realized I was projecting queerness into the stores, street signs and grocery stores I was driving past. In areas where overt queerness is hidden (no queer signifiers on the gay bars) I noticed pool halls called 'Butches' and supermarkets called 'Big Bear.' By making these photographs I want to consider places that could easily be missed as you move from destination to destination. I am interested in searching beyond the geographic boundaries, to the possibility of a psychological, historic and identity-based understanding of the areas I photograph."

Russell will talk about her work 6-7 p.m. March 14, which will be followed at 7-9 p.m. with an opening reception. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Russell received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts.

She received the Cadre Grant in 2007 to produce 10 images from the series "Where We Are Not Known" as postcards and mailed them to 75 recipients. The work was reproduced in Capricious Magazine and written about in Make Shift Magazine.

She was a speaker at the 2011 Society for Photographic Education conference.

Russell is a photography professor at San Joaquin Delta College and her work can be found at www.kirstynrussell.com.

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