Russel Hulsey’s current artistic endeavors focus upon time-based video works, interactive technologies, and multi-sensory immersive installations. Hulsey has been an active artist since 1997, working in drawing, painting, photography, and a wide array of varied electronic media – all consisting of a conceptual framework directed upon social commentary, personal introspection and spiritual contemplation. In addition, he also collaborates with a diverse range of artists on projects often incorporating video, sound, and performance. In 2001, Hulsey began experimenting with a transparent imaging technology that permitted him to effectively project three dimensional semi-transparent figures in spaces with low ambient light levels. These works concentrated on human figures as life-size “apparitions” or “kinetic light sculptures” involved in performances / movements that functioned as metaphors of contemplation. In 2002, he co-curated an exhibition in conjunction with the 26th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville; this exhibition featured the first light sculpture in Hulsey’s trilogy, a series that he would come to complete in 2003. Steven Spielberg’s film Minority Report (based on a short story by Philip K. Dick) was also released in 2002 and featured the very same holographic special effects process.
In 2004, Hulsey exhibited solo at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. He was invited, 2005, to participate in Video Integration, an international arts exposition that took place in Belgrade, and showcased contemporary works from USA, Spain, Serbia, and other countries. That same year, Hulsey worked as an assistant to New York based artist Ik-Joong Kang, creating a site-specific commission (sponsored by Angelina Jolie) for the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY. Hulsey is the recent recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship (2006), awarded to visual & media artists through the Kentucky Arts Council; aided in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2006, he traveled to India to present and discuss his work at the Kala Ghoda Arts Symposium in Mumbai (Bombay).