Urban Scrawl Profiles Teddy Artist James Kerns

Blog, O'Neill Studios, Press

Urban Scrawl Profiles Teddy Artist James Kerns

Blog, O'Neill Studios, Press

artistUrban Scrawl recently did a piece on James Kerns, one of the local artists whose installations can be seen at Teddy & The Bully Bar. Kerns is known for making art incorporating found and collected objects that he crafts into everything from installations to custom furniture.

Kerns worked in collaboration with O’Neill Studios, carefully creating each piece considering its relation to the restaurant’s theme.  During Teddy Roosevelt’s time, Kerns says, mainstream thought was shifting from transportation and all things automotive to the coming space age. “I wanted [the lamps] to look industrial, like a gas light in Jules Verne novel,” he says.

Bullmoose Room
Bullmoose Room

Fun artsy factoids: Kerns produced our gun light fixtures, using 1903 Springfield rifle stocks, from left-handed US army rifles that were never used.

He crafted the DC Water sconces in Teddy’s back hallway from reclaimed, unused actual found objects, DC Water Meters, rather than reproductions.

James Kerns’s gallery, Corehaus, is located in Petworth on Upshur Street and produces art commissions and custom installations.

Thanks for the press!