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Metal Head

Westlake man finds artistic inspiration in the Rust Belt.


Hunks of rusted metal inspired Mark Thomas to launch his first solo art show, Ballast, now on display at Up Periscope. The 12-piece exhibit features aging steel, brass, and copper in various stages of corrosion. "The chemical change — from being polished and shiny, breaking down over time, and turning dull and brittle — makes the metal more interesting," he says. "The random shapes of colors, textures, and patterns take on a color field. It's almost nature's way of abstract painting." Thomas uses blue, red, and yellow enamel paints to create the pieces, which sell for between $50 and $200, depending on size. "It could fit in a sunroom or a living room," says Thomas. "You could also put it in your bathroom to stare at."
Oct. 16-Nov. 10, 4 p.m.

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