Agents of Change

Cardboard at its best is an imperfect, extremely unspectacular material that is very familiar yet often ignored.  It is cheap and disposable, but in the hands of an artist this material can become rather interesting and very beautiful.   There is a moment of pause and reflection that happens when something so utilitarian becomes something […]

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‘Mirror, Mirror’

Exploring the limits of material and reality is nothing new for Omaha installation artist Ying Zhu.  Her art embodies an ambiguous contravention of formal arrangements and interactions intermingled with abundant energy that ultimately creates its own language.  Zhu’s new show, Crumbs of Tenderness, at the Lied Art Gallery show her experimentation with everyday objects and […]

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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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Mind of the Beholder

Painting can be a lot of things:  colorful, resilient, meaningful, puzzling at times and extremely personal.  But it is seldom boring. The signs, symbols, images and colors on a flat surface hold our attention and at moments have us at a dazzling balance between our emotions and our reason.  Discussions can be sparked and open […]

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Culture Clash

Beauty and love conjure up a variety of emotions and feelings.  They capture passion and mix with both sensuality and power.  However, beauty is constructed and shaped by culture and society.  Within this context lies a conundrum of what power and beauty say about us as a civilization.  This is the context of iROZEALb, the […]

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See Fine Print

Fine art prints can be both complex and mysterious.  The process is difficult and time consuming with much thought given to color and design.  But, the most important part of process is the artist.  It is their touch that turns the print into something sublime as they follow through while maintaining some freshness to the […]

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Abstract Musings

Somewhere in our unconscious mind, the tangible memories we have can be reconstructed and distorted into fragmented abstract forms.  Abstract art goes beyond the simple pictorial images found in most art, but uses art as a mode of allegorical discourse by using basic shapes, lines and colors to represent the message rather than the imitation […]

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