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JK Russ
After graduating with a BVA from MIT Faculty of Creative Arts in Auckland, New Zealand, JK Russ relocated to Las Vegas in 2010. With an interest in performance, gender and sexuality, Russ creates collage and video works blending sexual commodity with eco-tourism. Her work has been described as “absorbing the awe of the desert and its sculptural rock formations and creatures, along with her observations of the sexually charged casino culture, built on fantasy and illusion.” Russ is represented in Las Vegas by Sin City Gallery, and in New Zealand by PAULNACHE.

Entries by JK Russ

Michael Govan and Dave Hickey Discuss Land Artist Michael Heizer's 'City'

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:59 PM

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) director Michael Govan and art critic Dave Hickey have convened in Las Vegas for a conversation about contemporary land art, focusing on Michael Heizer's "City" project in Lincoln County, Nevada. Standing at a podium on the Cabaret Jazz stage at the Smith Center...

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Photographer David Yarrow Brings a South Sudanese Cattle Herd to the Las Vegas Strip

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Before I came to Las Vegas, I did not expect to find flocks of pink flamingoes or large tiger sharks on the Strip. But this array of unexpected incongruities is now my favorite aspect of this desert city that venerates the exotic. On this Friday evening, I am going in...

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Visual Art Is Vibrant at Life Is Beautiful Festival 2014

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 1:40 PM

"Love is Power. Power is Life. Life is Beautiful." The words are scrawled in red, encircling a cut out of a large, purple cactus flower. Pasted to the wall, the flower is surrounded by hundreds of other natural desert elements, with hand-written messages. For this year's Life is Beautiful...

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Lorde: New Zealand's Young, Feminist, Cultural Ambassador

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 4:39 PM


There is an air of palpable excitement in the 4,500-capacity performance venue The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The large standing-room area is solid with people, and when the muted blue stage lights are sliced through with...

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5 Good Caffeine Reasons to Visit Downtown Las Vegas

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Coming from New Zealand - a mecca for espresso aficionados - I have developed an obsession for hunting out good coffee experiences wherever I go. So I thought I'd share my favorite independent coffee haunts in my new home of downtown Las Vegas, along with some neighborhood cultural hubs.

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Mapping New Ground: the Artist-Run London Biennale Pollination Event

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:50 PM

The street frontages do not automatically suggest art venues within -- a mid-modern home in an historic suburb, a grilled-window apartment block in a 'transitioning' downtown neighborhood, a metal fence topped by spikes alongside a steep freeway embankment and an imposing façade of New York-style loft apartments. But each...

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Bunny Yeager's Vibrant Legacy Lives on in Las Vegas

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:02 PM

On a white sand beach, a toned and tanned young woman extends her leg, arches her back and twists her naked torso towards the camera. Behind her on the otherwise deserted beach, a tangle of foliage stretches down to the gently lapping waves. The year is 1954.

The photographer...

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Las Vegas Takes Center Stage In Large-Scale Art Project MAS Vegas

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 2:52 PM

A small cul-de-sac in the industrial area of Henderson may seem an unlikely place to encounter a large-scale contemporary art event, but Las Vegas can be full of surprises. As the sky begins to tinge with mauve on this mid-May Saturday evening, a stream of people enter the gates...

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A Toga-Wearing Tattooist Creates an Antipodean Contemporary Art Experience

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 4:34 PM

It is the first Friday of the New Year in the coastal town of Gisborne, New Zealand. The town has almost doubled in population with the influx of summer holiday-makers attracted by the relaxed beach lifestyle. On this balmy summer evening however,...
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Visual Art: The Life is Beautiful Festival Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Some time has now passed since the Life is Beautiful Festival took over Downtown Las Vegas for one short weekend in late October, but a legacy remains. Organizer Rehan Choudhry and team conceived of more than a music festival, incorporating visual art, performance, learning and cuisine. With...

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From Happy Rocks to Bloody Heads -- Llyn Foulkes at UNLV

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:41 PM

The first Llyn Foulkes' work I saw was one of the "blood head" works at Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica a few years ago and it left a lasting impression. As I discovered more of his work, I could see that it is often dark, yet can also be...

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Art-Burlesque-Fashion Fusion

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 2:07 PM

The glamorous world of burlesque is enjoying a revival in popularity -- and a new vanguard of contemporary performers are sashaying off the stage and into lane ways lit by video projectors accompanied by pulsing electro-swing beats. As an artist with a long-standing interest in performance, I'm really enjoying witnessing...

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JK Russ on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Lascivious Landscape I, 2012, mixed media on vinyl record

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JK Russ on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Snake Charmer, 2012, mixed media on board, 22 x 39", private collection, Las Vegas.

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The Traveling Miracle Show Crosses the Great Divide

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 1:27 PM

From its early days as entertainment hub for the workers constructing the nearby Hoover Dam, the city of Las Vegas has continued to offer spectacle and entertainment, and has miraculously transformed into a sprawling desert metropolis of nearly two million people. Not surprisingly, there is also a growing performance art...

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JK Russ on the ImageBlog

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Desert Bloom, 2012, mixed media on board.

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