Archive for the ‘Artwork’ Category

Robots at Toy de Jour

July 4, 2014

IMG_3743_1200I’ve designed some Robot sculptures, plushes and T-shirts that will be featured at Toy de Jour in Chicago this month with an opening reception on Thursday July 10 from 6–9pm.

Toy de Jour opened this year in Logan Square and they feature a different artist every month in their store that provides “vintage, toys, arts & farts.” I’m not a big fan of farts but somehow they make it work. (more…)

Angels Exhibition at The Carnegie

September 28, 2013

IMG_9206_ADJ_SQMy sculpture, Hypnagogic Visitor, is currently on display at The Carnegie in Covington, KY as part of a group exhibition titled Angels.

I’m happy to be in this show that also features many of my friends from Cincinnati.

The show runs until October 12 so you have plenty of time to check it out. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 12–3pm.

Angels curated by Gary Gaffney
September 6–October 12, 2013
The Carnegie
1028 Scott Blvd
Covington, KY 41011


Seahorses are fish.

September 5, 2013

IMG_7231_ADJ_SQEarlier this summer, my artwork was featured at The Whistler Storefront Gallery in Chicago. This is my artist statement and some photos of the installation.

Seahorses are fish.
Kendall Bruns
12′ W x 6′ H x 2.5′ D
cardboard, paper, tape

Seahorses are fish—the weirdest fish that I can think of. This is saying a lot because all fish are kinda weird but none are as iconically strange as the only species where the males become pregnant (they have a brood pouch—very weird). Google “seahorse giving birth” and you’ll see what I mean. Seahorses eat almost constantly because they don’t have stomachs. Sometimes when they are courting they will entwine their tails and dance. They’re not really monogamous but some people think that they are and that’s half the battle.

Seahorses are fish that suck at swimming. They just wanna eat and dance and sometimes blend in with their chameleon powers. They’re so different from (and the same as) humans that I wanted to see them at more of a human scale and be forced to consider them in a different way.

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Opening Reception for Seahorses are fish.

May 1, 2013

Baby seahorses

My new sculpture installation, Seahorses are fish. will be on display in The Whistler’s Window Gallery for the months of May and June. The Whistler is my favorite cocktail bar in Chicago and I’ve always loved how they use the window space so I’m very pleased to have my work on display there.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve had some sneak peaks but if you want to see the final piece, there will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 2 from 6:30–9:30pm. Come have a drink with me!

Seahorses are fish.
Installation by Kendall Bruns
The Whistler Storefront Gallery
2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
May–June 2013

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 2, 2013


If you take any pictures please use the #seahorsesarefish hashtag!

Lucky & Zonk in Cincinnati

November 19, 2012

I’m happy to have six sculptures on view in the Pearlman Gallery at the Art Academy of Cincinnati as part of their Sculpture Alumni Exhibition.

Lucky and Zonk (previously exhibited at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore) are joined by a few of my smaller sculptures, a wall piece that I installed a few weeks ago and my screen printed Happy/Sad Pepperoni T-shirts. Other artists in the exhibition include Voss Finn, Jeff Casto, Lisa Merida-Paytes, Carla Johnson and Zach Rawe.

The exhibition is open now and runs through December 14, 2012. There will be a Final Friday Artist Reception on November 30, 2012 from 5–8pm. I will be there selling Happy/Sad Pepperoni T-shirts.



June 9, 2011

I’ve created two new pieces for “LOL: A Decade of Antic Art” opening Friday, June 10, 2011 at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, MD.

Curated by Sue Spaid, the show is described as “a survey of recent artworks which either riff off or intervene on the real.”

I created a new video for this exhibition—LOL, a one-minute exploration of internet acronyms. It features some NSFW language.

The show will also feature a new sculpture, Big Whoop, a felt and iron-on transfer whoopie cushion that Mandy Duncan and I made.

Watch the video online now:

You can also view this video on Vimeo: LOL


The Infinite Vacation #2

April 13, 2011

The second issue of The Infinite Vacation is available today at comic book stores nationwide.

Once again, I have contributed four pages of photography. This time my photos feature Chicago actors, Ashley Bush and Lee Russell.

The five issue series from Image Comics is written by Nick Spencer with art (on the non-photo pages) by Christian Ward.


Lucky & Zonk at Baltimore Contemporary

February 2, 2011

I’m going to have some large sculptures on view at The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore from February 11–March 6, 2011.

The Contemporary Museum is doing a monthly series of changing exhibitions on view in its storefront exhibition space titled “New View.” I’m the third artist participating in the series.

I will also be the guest artist at The Contemporary Museum’s Contemporary Café series, talking about my work at 9:30am on Sunday, February 13, 2011.

My work will feature two characters I’ve designed, Lucky and Zonk.


People Like The Infinite Vacation #1

January 25, 2011

Image Comics’ The Infiniate Vacation #1 has sold out and is headed for a second printing to be released with an alternate cover on February 16, 2011.

The five issue series is written by Nick Spencer with art by Christian Ward.

I contributed four pages of photography to the first issue and here’s what some people have been saying about that:

“Another interesting technique is deployed, though. Photography. After five pages of the expected comic book art the visuals switch over to a style of live-action photography melded into a sequential progression of story. The scene is of an Infinite Vacation spokesman basically providing the exposition to explain the series’ high concept, but because of the visual switch up it reads not at all like usual, dry exposition.  Instead the scene turns into this odd, yet appropriate, Steve Jobs riff which works to establish a tone of, “Hey! This will change your life!”.  A sense of salesmanship, a sense that what this Infinite Vacation corporation holds will make your life better. It is an interesting tone, and the manner in which it is conveyed comes off as very effective because the shift from Ward’s art to photos is not jarring whatsoever.” – Image Addiction

“Bonus points go to photographer Kendall Bruns, whose photo panels depicting the smarmy pitchman of an in-story ad threaten to move right off the page. Rarely has the necessary act of story exposition been so unabashedly fun.” – Comics Bulletin

“I especially appreciated the Recall-esque commercial in the beginning that gave me an expositional roadmap without having two characters engaging in conversation simply because they know I’m listening.” – Ain’t it Cool News

“The entire sequence of the tutorial with the pictures is stunning” – Comic Book Bin

“Also a standout is the multimedia artwork in this issue by Kendall Bruns. It’s a shock when it shows up, but makes perfect sense given the premise, and I hope we see more of it down the road.” – MTV Geek


Everything I Highlighted When I Read The Promise of SLEEP

August 21, 2010

In a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 23 percent of the people who were polled admitted to falling asleep while driving in the past year.

an estimated 24,000 people die each year in accidents caused directly or in part by falling asleep at the wheel.

We never know we’re sleeping while we’re asleep.

The first, and by far the most important, is that sleep erects a perceptual wall between the conscious mind and the outside world.

The second defining feature of normal sleep is that it is immediately reversible.

Dreams therefore represent “the royal road to knowledge of the part the unconscious plays in mental life,” wrote Freud.

“Drowsiness is red alert!”



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