Richard Fruth's wall-mounted sculptures present miniature psychodramas infused with humor and sarcasm.
Here he shares what inspired his new solo show, Everything was Going Great, Until Now, opening Friday at KraftHaus Gallery, 1334 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; reception at 6-9 p.m.
Challenges: I set goals that may seem unattainable, and by doing so I figure out ways to obtain the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to successfully complete the piece. Sometimes it works and other times it fails, but the only way to learn is by challenging the mind and skill set.
Humor: Dry, sharp or dark, it plays a big role in my work. Each piece illustrates a vignette of action taking place or about to begin. The viewer must imagine the final outcome. Will the creatures succeed or will they perish?
Music: Listening to music while I work is helpful yet sometimes a burden. It can offer a good rhythm to keep my pace or assist me in titling the work, but at other times it shifts the meaning and content of the work toward a different direction than I originally intended.
Observation/Listening: Researching new possibilities is very important, but another way I begin is to observe others or eavesdrop on conversations. Often I catch a bit of a phrase spoken or acted out that spikes my curiosity. I then brainstorm off these phrases, often misconstrued and broken from the original, allowing me to elaborate on the message or take it in a different direction.
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