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“The artwork that makes up my series Distorted Perceptions is an attempt to explore the relationships between various color harmonies and surface textures. I also use it as an opportunity to develop my own unique artistic voice. I have no interest in using my art to represent imagery or direct aspects from the real world. This may not be the popular view, but to me, art speak gibberish is art’s own worst enemy. The object is always there, and it should be discussed directly. Rather than carefully stepping around the object and thinking about what it might be, I focus on what it is. For inspiration, I look at concepts like Ordered Complexity and Emergence, where things build up from a simple base structure by following a set of predetermined rules, and self-organize as they go. I translate this into painting by building off of the random, using a predetermined technique and range of colors.” – Joseph Russo