BRUCE JOEL CUTEAN OF THIRDSTONE STUDIOS
For most of the last couple decades,
Bruce Joel Cutean (aka Admiral Pluto Krozabeeep), has been the
founder and owner of ThirdStone Galleries, West Michigan's premier
outlet for innovative contemporary art in all styles and media.
With its former locations in both Saugatuck and Fennville, ThirdStone
has now transformed into curating shows of ThirdStone artists'
works in cities across the country and soon Europe and Asia.
Bruce's own artwork on the other
hand, is quite another matter. An artist since his early childhood
in Chicago, his work has spanned many different media and wildly
divergent (sometimes even disheveled, depraved and/or demented),
styles and methods.
In recent years, his work has
reflected a return to his Dadaist roots; often wrought with reckless
abandon, bizarre juxtapositions of elements, and incongruous
contexts. The provocative end results range from the sacred to
the profane, with silliness-in-extremis a frequent component.
Bruce's work falls into several
divergent and wildly divergent streams. His 3D assemblage constructions,
known as Assembloids, are peculiar constructs of different
found and handmade elements using a broad variety of contexts,
materials and ludicrous colour sensibility. The 'bloid factory
at ThirdStone Studios has been busy in recent months, secretly
churning out a huge new assortment of visualvirtual meta-travesties.
His Assembloids have been
variously described in a variety of media as "Existential-Essential
Idiot Toys for a damaged millennium", "Depraved objects
of turgidly insouciant Neo-Dada Iconography" and, in at
least one review, "A thoroughly ridiculized, (and wildly
ineffectual), ritualized repurposed and highly aberrant version
of recycling." Often these works are rendered as "shrines"
to selected bits of our society's bizarre and fickle fascination
with endless acquisition and possession
In between his manic-fueled bouts
of Assembloid engineering, he frequents (somewhat surreptitiously),
another favourite avenue of expression, delving bravely yet stupidly
into his somewhat abstract approach to his painting/mixed media
work where his demented/deluded colour sensibilities really move
boldly (and disturbingly), to the fore.
Bruce's curated ThirdStone Gallery group shows shows will resume
in the Summer of 2013 in a variety of locations. In addition,
a new venture, his ThirdStone Studios Gallery (featuring mostly
his own Assembloids will open in his downtown Fennville
studio the Summer of 2013.