The Warren County History Center is proud to present a limited time exhibit entitled, “The Imagine Nation” which features the work of noted designer Denis Bruss. His one-man exhibit explores the beauty of re-purposed farm and garden equipment as well as other unique finds to create some of the most unique sculptures, paintings, drawings and collages that have inspired fans. The exhibit will be available for viewing through August 2015.
“When I see a painting in my mind, I just go forward and paint it. I draw from inside my head outward. I don’t need to have a model or a static picture to copy,” designer and artist Bruss said.
His inspiration is life. It’s the people he has met along the way. It’s the places he’s traveled, the experiences he’s had. His work is a portrait of his walk through life. Like memories, those images never go away and he may take them out of the closet years later to use them for inspiration for other projects. “I’m inspired by everyday objects most people just walk by; old farm implements presented in a way to make people see; cleaned, scrubbed, brushed with wire brushes, turned upside down, sideways, burnished, oiled, given a new image, a second chance,” said Bruss. “Memories of life in the country inspired by friends and family I’ve lost along the way, they too are given a new meaning in paintings and poetry that sing their praises; objects that bring to my mind these memories along with dream fields all portrayed with new meanings brought to life again.”
The art of re-purposing is not something new in history. It first came into being with Pablo Picasso’s 1912 ‘Still Life With Chair Caning,’ which was surrounded by a piece of rope and included a picture of chair caning pasted onto the canvas. This type of art didn’t find acceptance in the traditional art circle until well into the middle of the 20th century. Today, the Warren County Historical Society celebrates and admires the ingenuity and inspiration behind this art form.
“I have a saying I say to myself when I’m overwhelmed with cleaning and assembling or approaching a large empty canvas. I say, ‘they’ll be nothing but dust and rust, all lost along the way, and so, I proceed,'” Bruss said.
This exhibit and others can only be experienced at the Warren County History Center. Gather friends, family, and neighbors and take a trip to the place history is celebrated.
Warren County History Center
105 S. Broadway Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
Hours: Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission fee: $7 adults; $6 seniors over 65; $5 students under 18.
Limited exhibit through the end of August 2015.
For more information, contact the Warren County History Center at (513) 932-1817.
* Photo description: Hoeda Garten and Fieldson Furrows of the Imagine Nation- Hoeda is wearing an apron made from an old Purina Checkerboard feed sign. Her necklace is a dairy cow tag.