‘F L O O D’ Surge

In a sleepy, soon to be revitalized, part of Downtown Omaha, LA-based artist/architect Mike Nesbit produced a logistical masterpiece. Taking over the first two floors of the Standard Oil building at 18th and Jackson, this multidisciplinary, multisensory production, which was a year in the making, is over—but that was the point. […]

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Depressed to Impress

Darger HQ’s current exhibition Together Forever, featuring New York-based Jaimie Warren and Omaha-based Peter Fankhauser, sets lo-res meme culture and art history on an endless macabre loop. Pulling at (almost) excessive references, both Warren and Fankhauser’s work dissects painfully common narratives. Per the exhibition text, the artists “pay homage to […]

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‘We Built This City’

“Through these towns they built to change”—Arcade Fire, “Sprawl I (Flatland)” Cities are a complex sum of their parts. Designers, real estate developers, activists, non-profits, civic entities, philanthropists, politicians, and members of the general public spend their days (and lives) trying to understand and shape the built environment. […]

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Abstract Appraisal

Exploring the 25-year career of Omaha-based artist Larry Roots, as seen in his solo exhibition, A Survey, at Gallery 1516, reveals a steady curiosity in mark making, a heap of studied influences and “pension for learning”. The exhibition catalogue proclaims Roots’ approach to be, “multilayered, courageous and unique.” Despite the […]

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Though Omaha is not known nationally for its architecture or built environment, new construction on both fronts appear to be booming, especially within the I480 corridor. Consider such recent developments as The Corvina, Hyatt Place, The Highline 2100, L14 Flat Apartments, The Even Hotel, Gavilon, and Avanti Townhomes. Yet, in spite of this boom some […]

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Double Your Pleasure

In 2011 pop star Rihanna released the international chart topper “S&M”. This sexually suggestive song about bondage informs the listener through a catchy beat and monotonous lyrics, that “chains and whips” are exciting. Fourteen years earlier at Walt Disney World, “It’s Tough to Be a Bug!” opened to the public as a multisensory attraction congruent […]

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Concrete Mix

“It appears that brutalism is coming to Nebraska.” -Panel member’s general observations for the Nebraska Architects Association 1966 Honor Awards January 23, 1966. Omaha World Herald “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of” -Alicia Keys, 2009 Omaha has a peculiar relationship to architecture. With the recent fire at M’s Pub, the dogmatic preservationist discourse surrounding […]

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Mental Mapping

Landscapes as an art genre in general are pretty boring. The green plants, the vastness, the clichés of Bob Ross, and the implied narratives associated in the “changing of the seasons.” Yet German photographer Frauke Bergemann’s exhibition Landscape – a distance quite close at the Garden of the Zodiac until Jan. 21, borrows this seeming […]

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Mind Escape

The Garden of the Zodiac is a small tucked away gallery in the Passageway known for bringing its owners European sensibilities to the Old Market. The gallery is currently hosting Italian painter Paolo Dolzan, who has shown in the space before (2010, 2013). The artists had spent the two weeks prior to the opening constructing […]

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More IN Than OUT

Featuring sixteen artists, Modern Arts Midtown presents Pop Meets Street, which is as far-reaching as the title implies (but is it reaching too far?). This large group exhibition extends many of the tropes we associate with both pop and street art: bright colors, spray paints, irony, a touch of whimsy, excessive banality, ready-mades, everyday objects, […]

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