Found Local Found Objects Artist
It was a grey Saturday at the beach, so D, Wee-One and I took the opportunity to visit the Ocean Beach Historical Society to check out the Dennis Powers art show. According to his bio, Powers has been visiting Fire Island since 1962 and has been living in Seaview for 5 years.
The exhibition was of Powers’ found objects assemblage. In addition to sharing his local art cred, Powers’ bio notes:
His primary influence is Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), a pioneer in the form of assemblage. Most of the objects in Dennis’ pieces were found here in Fire Island, along the beach. Many retain their natural patinas and textures, and some are painted to enhance color and form. He often collects objects for weeks at a time and sorts them into groups that begin to take shape and tell a story.
My favorite piece is entitled “Boathouse.” Please excuse the poor quality of this photo – I only had my camera phone available at the time.
For more information on Dennis Powers, please visit Dennis Powers Productions, Inc.
If you visit Fire Island, you should swing by and check out the show. It will be on view at the Ocean Beach Historical Society until August 17 (Hours: Thursday – Monday 10am -2pm 7pm-10pm