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Owens Welcomes Nationally Acclaimed Artist Jeff Brouws

Posted Sep 19th, 2011 by Brad Meyer  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College invites area residents to visit the brilliantly artistic world of nationally acclaimed artist Jeff Brouws through his emotionally vivid photography of rural, urban and suburban cultural landscapes as the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery presents a new exhibit titled “Approaching Nowhere”, Sept. 21 – Oct. 29. The Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is located in Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township.

Additionally, Owens will serve as host to a lecture by guest artist Jeff Brouws on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre Room 111. A free exhibit reception will immediately follow the lecture in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery.

“Owens Community College’s upcoming exhibit ‘Approaching Nowhere’ is a moving mediation on the loss of place and texture in the contemporary American landscape,” said Wynn Perry, Owens Part-Time Coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. “Jeff Brouws’ luminous images elegantly capture the complex, surprising beauty and desolation of visual life in our time, as seen from the American road. The beauty of the work reflects both Brouws’ perceptive vision of the country’s changing face and his concern for the shifting shape of its soul.”

Brouws is a self-taught artist who began pursuing photography at the age of 13. During his career, Brouws has compiled a visual survey of America’s evolving rural, urban and suburban cultural landscapes. Using single photographs as subtle narrative and compiling typologies to index the nation’s character, he is known for capturing the “readymades” found in many of these environments. Influenced by the New Topographic Movement, the artist books of Ed Ruscha, as well as the writings of cultural geographers like J.B. Jackson and John Stilgoe, Brouws has combined anthropological inquiry and a bleak aesthetic beauty in his photographs.

Images depicted in Brouws’ photographs include strip malls, homogenized housing tracts and fast food chains, as well as abandoned manufacturing sites, low-income housing and other commercial ruins.

Brouws is the author of seven books including his most recent titled “Approaching Nowhere”, which was published by W.W. Norton in 2006. His photographs can be found in major private and public collections including the Whitney Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, Harvard’s Fogg Museum, Princeton University Art Museum and the Henry Art Museum.

Admission to the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For additional information about the exhibit, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2721 or (567) 661-2721.

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