"I see no boundaries between design, fine art, and the art of Nature."
Kris Ruhs, has always delighted in creating boundaries, then passing through them, whether they are real or imagined. A new weather system always presents a shift in perception - a need for shelter perhaps, or a reason to sing. Here, "Calm before the Storm" presents changes momentarily suspended in an aviary of vines and branches holding a series of fanciful birds, resting, for this brief moment we have encountered them. Known for his uncanny ability to bring a smile of recognition to the almost human natures his animal sculptures and drawings express, the metal screens fabricated in his studio in Milan bring the gardens outside into our consciousness.
Erasing walls and windows, the screens heighten our attention to the presence of migrating birds nestled in the vines outside the windows, seeking shelter, rest and an opportunity to share for a moment the world of Nature expressed through their beauty and freedom found in this fragile veil.