If a man screams alone in the expanse of Northern frontiers, does he make a sound? Local sculptor Richard Fruth spent part of his summer in Denali, Alaska, and returned to craft miniaturized recollections of his experiences hiking and otherwise communing with the wilderness in his new exhibition opening Friday at Thomas More College’s Eva G. Farris Art Gallery.
I Started Something that I Couldn’t Finish draws out the sullenness that haunts Fruth’s small tableau in metal, wood and other materials.
Tragicomic and poetically abstract, Fruth’s work has always dealt with isolation, loneliness and turmoil found within an individual or between him and others; here these tender plights are dwarfed by mountains, ominous clouds and cliffs.
"Everybody has a Favorite Place, Mine is Away from You" and other such gloomy (and actually very funny) titles equip Fruth’s colorful assemblages with smart punch lines.
The gallery is located on the entrance level of the Thomas More Library, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, and the exhibition runs through Sept. 26. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 1-4 pm.
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