‘Industrial Wastelands’ By Dean Thomas

“Cacophonous junk depositories” has to be one of the nicest ways to describe junkyards. That’s because artist Dean Thomas has a soft spot for them. “My heart goes out to these rusting and weathering parts,” he said. “By painting them, I am in a sense reusing them, thereby honoring their lives and maybe even all the people who manufactured and worked with them.” The boomerang Louisvillian — born in Shively, lived in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, back to Louisville — paints these ugly scenes in a beautiful, precise way, making us appreciate them a little more too.


Tim Faulkner Gallery

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‘Industrial Wastelands’ By Dean Thomas

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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