Survival/Shaabwiiwin & RATSS
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
12 and Leavenworth
6-9 p.m. Artist Talk, 7 p.m.
The Bemis Center continues its Third Thursday of the month series of summer art openings featuring two artists who specialize in 3D and new media. Gina Adams, a 2012 Bemis Juried Exhibition winner, focuses on her mixed heritage of Ojibwa and Lakota, Lithuanian and Irish ancestry with carefully crafted hybrids of traditional teepees and contemporary tents. Adams says her work is all about the survival of her spirit and that of her grandfather’s people which “beats within my soul.” Her beautiful handmade and tanned deerskins that layer her “lodges” reflect that spirit and connection with her heritage. Multi-media artist Andrew Brehm also engages in crafts and fabrics but within the mediums of video and sculpture. A former fellow at Bemis, Brehm offers his own variation on papier-mâché parade masks that are likewise celebrated in his video project in the venue’s Microcinema. Inspired by a recent trip to Ecuador, its own ceremonial masks and performance art, he created RATSS with the aid of Omaha artists and 2012 Bemis residents to likewise “stand as a memorial to specific people, places and time.”
--Michael J. Krainak