Copper works by Stephen Bruce
Metal skater and trainer Stephen Bruce will have his first major exhibition at the Trenton City Museum in Ellarslie from May 7-29, 2022. He will give a Gallery Talk at the museum on Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m.
The Californian artist uses different acidic solutions to etch sheets of copper or brass into earth-toned abstract paintings that evoke the power and serenity of water, earth and sky. Bruce’s seascapes are inspired by aerial views of the oceans. His abstracts evoke the colors and patterns of geological formations. His landscapes capture ineffable moments in a sunset, sunrise or on the horizon.
Bruce will be providing hands-on demonstrations and workshops at two area public schools, Fisher Middle School in Ewing and Grace Dunn Middle School in Trenton, through his organization, the Skidmore Project. Providing all materials free of charge, the Skidmore Project encourages young students to learn to notice and recognize their own creative minds, showing in practical terms how science and art are accessible, useful and connected. The May 21 Gallery Talk will include a special exhibit of student work created at Dunn and Fisher Middle Schools, said exhibit curator Deborah Oliver.
“I want kids to understand that each of us has our own creative voice,” says Bruce. “I want them to know that exploration and experimentation are lifelong skills that provide possibility – an avenue to see and even improve our world. Such a mindset can help solve some of our most difficult problems. difficult, while revealing the unseen beauty that is often just below the surface.”
Metal patina, the practice of etching images with acidic liquids, is centuries old. While patinas on metal can be created by flame painting or using hot or cold solutions, Bruce’s method is cold patina. It sprays, brushes, dips or sponges an acidic solution onto the metal and allows it to react slowly. Its acids are common household varieties such as pickle juice, hot sauce, salad dressing, and vinegars.
Stephen BruceArtwork from can be seen on the sets of many TV shows and movies including House, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Californication, The Big Bang Theory, Last Man Standing, The American Housewife, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers : Endgame, Horrible Bosses and The Social Network.
The exhibit and other Trenton City Museum programs can be viewed Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ample parking is available adjacent to the museum in Trenton’s Cadwalader Park, accessible from Parkside Ave. There is no admission charge, but donations in support of the museum’s mission and programs are appreciated. To visit www.ellarslie.org for more information on the exhibition.