Residents of Cincinnati’s Deupree House retirement home have been treated to a singular vision this month — the artistic vision of local photographer Kent Krugh. Work from his 2011-2015 series, Inside the Gate, is currently on display in the Dining Room.
Today let’s learn more about Krugh and about Deupree House’s revolving exhibit of local artists.
Meet the artist
Kent Krugh grew up on a farm in Northern Ohio, an upbringing that undoubtedly informs his work.
“The themes that I like to explore in my photography are themes about nature and the essence of things — looking at the world in a spiritual dimension,” Krugh said in this episode of WCET-TV’s ArtsBridge.
“For me, composition is very intuitive,” Krugh shared.
It’s also an opportunity for exploration. His work pushes the boundaries of realistic depiction, incorporating blurred images, abstraction and selective exposure to uniquely present each subject.
Krugh said that even his childhood attempts at art were experimental. He tried double exposures, pinhole cameras and even photographing on expired film, just to see what would happen. Now, he incorporates some of his work as a medical physicist into his artistic life.
He occasionally captures images of everyday objects using X-rays, then layers a standard image over the X-ray to create a blended photograph. This, he says, allows one to experience the vision of an object “inside and out,” he said.
“Sometimes, I wonder if I’m going to run out ideas, or run out of things to photograph,” he said. “It’s only fleeting, because all I have to do is go outside with a camera in hand, or sit in front of my computer and look at the images I’ve taken over the years, and the creative juices start flowing again.”
Krugh’s studio is located on the fourth floor of the Pendleton Art Center. Like many other local artists, he holds an open studio during the neighborhood’s monthly Final Friday gallery hop and is always interested to speak with people who want to know more about his work.
Bringing the Cincinnati visual arts scene to Cincinnati’s seniors
Krugh’s work is the latest displayed at Deupree House as part of a series of shows by Cincinnati artists. The series is curated by Debbie Fredette, Senior Art Consultant at The Art Company, which has sourced fine artwork for corporations, hospitals and retirement homes nationwide since 1983.
After ERS Executive Vice President Laura Lamb asked her to step in and coordinate Deupree House’s revolving art exhibit, Fredette said, she made a concerted effort to select a wide range of work. She uses her many contacts in the local arts scene to source a variety of worthy artists.
Previous shows have displayed mixed media painting by Glenna Adkins, calligraphy and painting by Frank Satogata, beautiful landscapes by Trish Weeks and work by many more local artists generous enough to agree to share their work with our residents at Deupree House — including Cincinnati artist Rick Koehler, the son of residents Fred and Joyce Koehler.
The exhibit, Fredette said, “gives residents an opportunity to see artists from the community that they wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to see.”
In addition, it gives Cincinnati artists an opportunity to sell their work to people who very much appreciate it, but might otherwise have never had an opportunity to discover it. It’s also a way of establishing meaningful connections between Cincinnati’s seniors and the Tristate’s artists.
Once their work is in place at Deupree House, most of the participating artists have hosted receptions to meet and greet residents. Many of them have told Fredette that they love the opportunity to talk with seniors, who are often curious to learn about the artists’ crafts.
Krugh’s work has made quite an impression this month. Fredette reported she’s gotten a number of comments and inquiries about his work from interested residents.
Fredette said she’s always on the lookout for local artists to display work at Deupree. Interested parties can click here to email her.