Russell Webner

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My Latest Sculpture

So, for my latest sculpture I constructed about a 10 foot tall cylindrical form made of recycled brown fence posts.  I connected multiple lengths of post at slighting angles with screws that were either flush with each other, overlapping, or splayed out.  In a cramped area within the sculpture, viewers could enter.  There, they were faced with the juxtaposition of fence posts in their immediate foreground, and the environment outside peeking in through the cracks in the fence posts.  I anchored the sculpture in the ground with wooden posts outside the popular dining center the Retreat outside the College Center of Vassar College.  I felt the setting presented a sharp dichotomy of the isolated interior of the sculpture, with the traffic of a campus hub visible through the cracks.

Unfortunately, the setting of my sculpture ended up being it’s downfall.  On this most recent ‘Thirsty Thursday’ at Vassar my fence post creation — to which I had dedicated an intense all-nighter too the previous night — was destroyed my an unknown, presumably drunken, force.  Instead of feeling anger, I was mostly shocked to discover my elaborate creation in exploded segments upon my approaching it Friday afternoon.  It was attacked at some point between midnight, when I last saw it, and early morning.  Personally, I was awe-struck to see probably about 40 hours worth of work destroyed in what I presumed took no longer than a minute.  It’s an enlightening experience, the gut-wrenching feeling of disbelief resulting from senseless destruction.  In the end, a piece which I had developed from a concept of imprisonment died was destroyed only a half day after it was constructed.  Although I didnt plan for this end, at all, it ended up informing the work in ways I couldn’t have imagined but don’t necessarily dislike.  Unfortunately, I didnt have a chance to photograph the piece. Later in the year in our sculpture class, we get a chance to rehash and improve upon old ideas, and I wouldn’t doubt this idea makes another appearance.

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I had to move my mattress and sleep in the living room for 3 days while painting this.  It’s the view of the intrusive streetlight across the street from my window.

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Green Spandex Sculpture

The following are pictures from my second sculpture project.  It’s been very interesting working in three dimensions for the first time this year with my sculpture course, and very  enjoyable as well.  This project challenged students to learn to work with new materials and I opted for a fluorescent green spandex-type fabric.  I made 14 different mini-sculptures using this fabric, wire, painting stretchers and thumb tacks.  Conceptually, I wanted to emphasize the exploration within the piece  as a departure from my own art, but also in the viewer’s experience.  The pieces were hung in a loose circle in the middle of the room from fishing line.  As viewers move around the room, the composition and view of each mini-sculpture changes with their perspective.  It was my goal to have people create their own favorite views of the piece simply by exploring different angles, heights, and even interactive elements (some of the pieces were rotatable) of the work.

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Some New Shit

Holla Ballas, sorry it’s been so long since a new update. Since my adoring fans have been clammering for some new fodder, here it is yo:

These first two are just some stuff I did around Vassar:


And these are all works from my painting class throughout the last semester:


Sorry about the bad quality of some of those last ones, in painting class we sometimes paint on the more-economical but less photogenic shellacked paper. Peace!

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Scenes from Vassar

These are gouaches I’ve done in the past couple weeks at Vassar.  I’ve been somewhat obsessed with the library, in my opinion the most beautiful building on campus.

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New Albany

Here are some paintings I did over spring break, while I was spending time in my hometown.


The CMH one is about 1/2 way done. The rest are gouaches with one acrylic painting and I did them mainly at night in the dark.

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Here are a couple gouaches I’ve done recently. The second to last one is from Folly Beach, SC and the last from Shem Creek near Charleston, SC.


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Pictures of Cities

Here are a collection of pictures I’ve taken over the past year. Representing different cities I’ve visited. I like the pictures, too. and the cities. ok?dsc03264dsc04537
St. Louis, MO                Columbus, OH
New Albany, OH          Bucyrus, OH
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San Francisco, CA       Reno, NV
Boston, MA                    Washington, DC


Newburgh, NY              Cairo, Egypt

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Here are three paintings I made at the end of last year. I guess I made them in response to the crisis facing the automakers, but in reality I just like painting trucks. BIG trucks.

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Stuff From Painting Class

Here are a couple pictures of paintings I’ve done so far in my painting class.

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