Image credit: E.T. Russian, DOUBLE CLEAR. Still from video comic, 2019.
DOUBLE CLEAR is an interactive exhibition of animation, sculpture, and poetry. Follow gargoyle apparitions as they fly over cemeteries and bridges, land and water, and experience a series of surreal events. This installation is a meditation on choosing what to live for.
I’ve made a lot of documentary work in the past (comics and film), but DOUBLE CLEAR isn’t linear like that. It’s more a visual poem about living and dying and transformation. When I was 18 I almost died in a traumatic accident and acquired artificial legs due to limb loss. Twenty years later I am still alive and facing an unclear future, especially considering it is hard to find elders with disabilities who are role models for thriving while aging. In this era of Trump and the border wall, Black Lives Matter, #metoo, and climate change I, and many people, are asking what the goal is. What are we living for? DOUBLE CLEAR is a meditation on choosing what we’re living for, as we're aging and dying.
After 20+ years of making zines and comics, while simultaneously exploring the cultural aspects of disability and chronic illness I became interested in the intersection: multi-sensory art. I thought how do people who are blind, Deaf or neurodivergent access art? I wanted my comic books to reach a wider audience, not just people who read comics, but who watch videos, listen to sounds, like to touch things and move their bodies. How can I create work that stimulates multiple senses at once? I’m very interested in things that are low, horizontal and forgotten. I use a wheelchair and crawl a lot. I love broken things and what comes when broken things make new things.
DOUBLE CLEAR will stimulate people audibly, visually, spatially and through touch. Working with Seattle University and The Hedreen Gallery, offers me the resources of recording, editing and exhibition space, as well as access inclusion (ASL interpreters, live captioning, audio description, braille printing, wheelchair access, etc.). This is an exciting opportunity to go big with my work and evolve my grand experiment with storytelling, accessibility, and sensuality.
For DOUBLE CLEAR I have taken thousands of photographs, created hundreds of illustrations, recorded dozens of sounds and edited the results together into a large-scale animation installation. I am offering an interactive sculpture, which attendees are invited to touch. New materials I am working with are resin, gravel and concrete, as well as found objects.
I’m largely self-taught and over the years I've learned to dance, draw, interview, record sounds, make movies, publish, produce, direct and sculpt. My do-it-yourself animations I call “video comics”. Now I produce large-scale multi-sensory video comic installations.
is a multi-sensory artist and maker of comics, zines, and videos. Russian is interested in creating accessible spaces and stories that welcome all bodies and minds into spaces where multiple senses can be stimulated. Russian’s graphic journalism is currently in the international traveling exhibit “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn”. Russian’s installation CASTING SHADOWS exhibited at Jack Straw New Media Gallery (2016), Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (2017) and Kittredge Gallery (2018). Their installation HELLO exhibited at Hedreen Gallery in 2018. In 2017 Russian was featured in the Out of Sight exhibition of contemporary Northwest art. Russian is the author of The Ring of Fire Anthology and has been published in a number of books and magazines including Disability in American Life, PEN Magazine, The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly, The Graphic Medicine Manifesto and Gay Genius, in addition to their mini-comics and zines. Russian is the Co-Director of the documentary Third Antenna (2001) and has received support for DOUBLE CLEAR FROM 4Culture, Short Run, and the University of Washington Harlan Hahn Disability Studies Award.
This experimental program seeks to support an emerging or mid-career artist who practices new media art production (photo, video, audio, film, mechatronics) and who engages with critical and experimental use of high-resolution image and/or audio-making processes. The resident artist collaborates with students, faculty, and staff in multiple academic departments to produce original research and a solo gallery exhibition. This digital residency has been organized by Seattle U Galleries Curator Molly Mac and anchored with funding and production support from Pigott Endowment for the Arts and Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. Seattle University Art Galleries and the Departments of Fine Art and Art History are proud to support the critical research and creative production of contemporary new media artists in collaboration with students and faculty.
GALLERY ACCESS AND DIRECTIONS:
Hedreen Gallery is a street facing gallery in the Lee Center for the Arts. The entrance is at the north end of the building. Doors are unlocked and phones are answered during gallery open hours (1-6pm Wed-Saturday) and during theatre productions. 2 Hour Parking is available on the street and visitor parking is available in Seattle University parking lots.
Hedreen Gallery is wheelchair accessible. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Seattle University Galleries Curator Molly Mac (firstname.lastname@example.org). One week notice of need for accommodations is requested.
Lee Center for the Arts (CNFA)
901 12th Avenue, between Marion and Spring | 206-296-2244
Open: Wednesday through Friday 1:00-6:00 PM
2 Hour Parking is available on the street and visitor parking is available in Seattle University parking lots.
The Hedreen Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Seattle University Galleries Curator Molly Mac. Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.