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Artist snapshot: Bruce Thomas lands in Revelstoke after cross-Canada art adventure

Canvases and soundscapes, videos and booklets; the whole family packed into a trailer for a cross-Canada art journey. Artist Bruce Thomas is all in and all out.

Itried and I failed.

What the heck is new Revelstoke-based artist Bruce Thomas? It’s kinda hard to put into words, despite this writer being one class short of a minor in art history.

A multi-media explosion? A passionate guy who does a million things all at once? An artist infused with energy?

Thomas has been in town for a year or so after uprooting his family from Ontario for a cross-Canada multimedia exploration called the Canadian Pulse Project. It explores the personalities and landscapes that define this country. He did the multimedia series while living in a small trailer he hauled behind his car.

Eventually, he landed in Revelstoke and fell in love.

His children romp around the backyard as we talk on his back deck in the Big Eddy for over an hour. ‘How am I going to summarize this?’ I keep thinking of his dialogue, which is interspersed with expressions of excitement imparted by his natural surroundings.

He brings big-city art market savoir-faire to the game. His latest project, Pulse Project 2011:NXT Passage Out, features 16 large-scale works he interprets as “Mtn. Aura’s” featuring a three-part audio soundscape narrative to accompany the works. He’s got a show lined up in Los Angeles for the works in late 2011. A Canadian and European tour is planned for 2012. The works feature scenery from the Revelstoke area. “Over the past year, I travelled to various mountain locations by foot, bike and ski and have employed various artistic medias to capture the essence or “Aura” of these ancient sentinels that stand as monuments to the earths movements over time,” he writes. “In this series I choose to focus on my own personal interpretations as opposed to the many I examined in the last Canadian Pulse Project.”

Thomas is aiming to, “convey the mysterious nature of mountains and the infinite and contemplative perspective they can provide.”

What the curly-haired ball of energy is, I decide, is an artist full of energy not best encapsulated in words. His multi-media works are truly that; a unique combination of digital and actual combined into his unique synthesis. Check him out directly here:


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