Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits


30. September 2018


It's Saturday night. Do you know where your trash is? It might be hanging on the wall at the tasting room of Copper and Oak Craft Spirits. The artist, anthropologist and reclaim archaeologists Ross Brooks shows us what was discarded, rescued, embellished and promoted. Ross Brooks shows us us. 



Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Heidi and Ross Brooks

Ross doesn't just hang his findings and finishing touches on the wall. He'll tell you about his discovers too. He's kind enough and honest enough to be shy about his work and then when sharing his discovery you can see the pride of being able to share what he found and did to awaken the discarded refuse spirit.

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Heidi and Ross Brooks arriving at Copper and Oak
The venue was Copper and Oak Craft Spirits, located in the Downtown Portsmouth, Virginia, Olde Towne district. We were able to get there from OgFOMK ArTS' office in a hot, flat 6 minutes. We ain't bar hoppers but we love art. So when a friend tells us about an art show we want to go see it.




Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak



Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak

Copper and Oak Craft  Spirits is not a bar. It's a trendy tapas joint. It is no bohemian flopping ground. It's entirely new to us. It's a distillery right on High Street with a very comfortable tasting space that has blank walls that are perfect for creative minds.

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak

The tasting room is 50 percent of the visible space. It's public space. The other visible space that is not public is the Craft Spirits Distillery. Partitioned only by a wainscot wall and vintage mullions that frame light friendly glazing.

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak
There's a small bar. There are comfortable chairs, tables, couches and relaxed lightings. The crowd is a mix of animated gentlemen, ladies and the director of Ross Brooks' show, Ross Brooks.


Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Pieces at Copper and Oak

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Pieces at Copper and Oak

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks Show Piece at Copper and Oak


The works range from LP jacket size or slightly less than to twice the vertical size of a movie poster. No fancy frames. No place card judgements. Fastened to the wall with whatever made sense at the time. 

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Richard Kim Photographs Heidi and Ross Brooks
Ross planed the show about nearly two months in advance. For him to do the show it was a lot of stress. No one pushed him. No one forced him. No one paid him or commissioned him. 

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Heidi, Ross Brooks and Richard Kim
His work was not even for sale. It's not fine art. It's sweat, frustration, feelings, form, perception and joy. 


Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Heidi, Ross Brooks and Richard Kim
With Ross, as difficult as it was to get his composition together, there is always humor. He's laughing. He smiling. He's kindly taking you on a journey with him where he has found your discardlings. 

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks with Friends
Ross Brooks the archeologist from the dig becomes an anthropologist. He takes his findings to the lab. He cuts, dissects, reassembles and presents. 



Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks with Friends
Upon completion of the work the artist passes on the results of his labor to the director. The director shares the work. Now it's up to the audience to complete the process.

Ross Brooks Show at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits
Ross Brooks with Friends



Ross Brooks of Olde Towne, Portsmouth, Virginia shows his found object work at Copper and Oak Craft Spirits. It's a collection of found pieces that have been highlighted as mixed media with an anthropological bend.

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