Fun with found objects

Two artists explore differing aspects of the genre

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BRANDON — Two Brandon artists currently have work on display downtown that deals with a similar theme—found objects—albeit with idiosyncratic approaches. The two gadabouts, Warren Kimble and Gene Childers, both started working with found objects as far back as the early 2000s. Each has a knack for telling stories, though their method for doing that differs by some degree.

Kimble’s “Artful Assemblages” show, on display at the Brandon Artist’s Guild’s gallery until July 9, is a study in the dramatic and austere that draws on the artist’s history as an antique dealer and lover of the theatre, and owes a debt of gratitude to the exalted works of Louise Nevelson and Joseph Conrad.

Childers’s “Whimsical Assemblages” is on display at the Brandon Free Library until the end of May. The unorthodox collection of sculptures more than live up to the show’s name.  A retired music teacher, Childers says “the characters on display have corresponding poems and songs that I’ve written,” adding, “the inspiration came from the ecosystem of broken instruments in my garage—I knew I needed to do something with all that stuff. 

Childers went on to recite a kind of assembler’s mantra, taken from the ending to one of his poems: “You never know what you might see to set your imagination free.”

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