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Child ‘Baring’

With the terrarium-like swelter of recent weeks, you might assume the current show at Darger HQ — Hothouse — was commissioned just for this summer in Omaha. But don’t expect to find tropical plants or Bikram yoga classes here; it’s a different kind of hothouse to which artists Elizabeth Kauffman (Salisbury, MD) and Luke Severson […]

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Models of Imperfection

“The ideal man does not exist…but beware of men without ideals…”                                                                  Sociologist Lauk Woltring Striving to be something non-existent may seem contradictory, let alone pointless, but hope springs eternal every Valentines Day and presidential campaign. Then reality sets in and those models of behavior we search for and aspire to begin to lose their […]

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Prinz Charming

The naturalist Charles Darwin famously distinguished between “splitters,” those who divide the animal world into many species defined by small differences, and “lumpers,” those who prefer a smaller number of species based on more widely shared characteristics.  This distinction came to mind as I strolled through the show of works by Tom Prinz and his […]

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Check Out the Art

Yo, Omaha artists! We really get along well, don’t we? Sure, there’s this and that but on the whole we are a large and supportive group. Take the group show The Science Fair from a few years back as an example. Nearly 100 artists and musicians showed at Urban Storage over the course of two […]

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Something Old, Something New

Not many artists have approached the challenges and contradictions of making art quite as astutely as Colin Smith.  There is experimentation with materials and process and he creates his art taking into account space and form.  Through a multilayered application of paint, pigments and resin Smith is able to create a consciousness within his pieces […]

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Demolition Man

Jarrod Beck knows how to make his exhibit look so disguised yet powerful one might confuse it for a construction site upon entering the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Strike Slip is a series of manual installations that stretch across two entire galleries in the Bemis. The project began May 16 and will continue through […]

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Animal Magnetism

“How are you able to form these vessels so that they possess such convincing beauty?’ “Oh,” answers the potter, “you are looking at the mere outward shape. What I am forming lies within. I am interested only in what remains after the pot has been broken.” Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person – Mary […]

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‘Collects to Share’

Jordan Schnitzer has a museum named after him in his hometown of Eugene Oregon. His private print collection (of over 7,000 prints–the largest in the United States), includes work from renowned artists Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, Kara Walker and Kiki Smith, to name a few. His prints, […]

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Demo Graphics

An artistic license can take one to strange places. There are no boundaries to one’s imagination, passion and freedom if a bonafide card carrying member of the profession. Just ask Omaha artist Watie White what drew him to an abandoned inner city home on the North side, and his answer falls easily under the umbrella […]

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A-List Flirts with Absurd

A year ago this reviewer prefaced the 2011 A-List: the most significant visual art events and exhibits in the Metro with “one thing can be certain, very little of it (art) was political or controversial…where were the arts events and exhibits that celebrated, satirized or expressed our national, regional or local concerns and conscience? Or […]