RUSSELL — This month’s featured exhibit at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell is “Consumed.” The exhibit features prints by Justin Marable from Topeka and sculpture by Juniper Tangpuz from Kansas City.
The show will run from Oct. 10th to Nov. 9, with an open reception from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Deines Cultural Center Director Shannon Trevethan said the exhibit “Consumed” asks the two questions: What is the impact of human consumption on the earth? and How will we adapt to changes in energy and land use?
The artists fuse eras of Kansas time from the prehistoric to the present by integrating ancient creatures into modern environments, machinery with animals and even some mythological creatures as well. By combining research into the geologic history of Kansas with the modern era of agriculture and industry, Justin and Juniper have creating a whimsical yet thoughtful exhibit.
“I’m looking forward to having community members wander in and be surprised and possibly changed, even in the smallest way, in the course of their experience and interaction with the art,” Marable said.
Influenced by pop art of the 1960s, Marable’s work is inspired by ordinary concepts. He depicts the Kansas landscape through the processes of silk screening, photo transfer and painting.
Tangpuz combines cardboard, corrugated plastic and found objects to create large sculptures of machines, animals and flowers. Together, the two artists collaborated on creating delightful, quirky pieces to inspire thought.
The Deines Cultural Center is located at 820 North Main in Russell. Admission is free and the Center is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. The Center is accessible to those with disabilities.