Astral Projection: The Video Art of Thomas Russell
Colour, vibrancy, abstraction and what he calls a “psychedelic aesthetic” have always informed the work of Thomas Russell, but he’s wary of the connotations his art might sometimes imply. “I don’t like the misconception that because I make colourful stuff, and I like warped visuals, that it’s all about drugs,” he says. “It’s more of a philosophical thing.”
Two minutes with the young Melbourne video artist is enough to convince you that his beautiful and kaleidoscopic visuals come from a considered collection of fascinations with the biological world, human cognisance, the role of the observer and a real-time response to stimuli.