Wood Works

If there was one thing proved by Out of the Woods , an interesting Hot Shops group exhibit last summer, it is that wood sculpture can be more than craft or hobby for its artists. Not that there wasn’t fine craftsmanship in this show as seen in the representational design of Herm Rauth’s doorway and […]

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Mind Over Matter

It was 17th century philosopher-mathematician René Descartes who first articulated a general theory of dualism stating that humans consist of a sort of mind-body dichotomy. Descartes attributed all animal or biological activity to the brain while crediting one’s thoughts and desires to the mind, a more elusive and spiritual faculty. Inextricably linked, this mind-body dualism […]

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Act of Torture

Care for a syllogism? You know, that exercise in deductive reasoning that attempts to reach a valid conclusion based upon a given major and minor premise, such as: * All methods of torture are illegal. * Waterboarding is a method of torture. * Therefore waterboarding is illegal. If you doubt either premise, check the definition […]

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‘Ceramix’

There’s always been some ambiguity in the work of Iggy Sumnik, ceramicist and mixed media artist. A former assistant in the Jun Kaneko Studio in Omaha, Sumnik broke out of the mold in 2008 in a two-man show at RNG Gallery, then soloed in January of 2009 at Jackson Artworks. In both shows the artist […]

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Vision Quest

Anyone following the successful career of Omaha visual artist and musician Bill Hoover might accurately conclude his life is like an open book. His public and private life often merge on stage and canvas in a manner befitting his roles as creative partner, teacher, singer-songwriter and painter. This engaging artist remains a popular figure as […]

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Courting Favor

Courting Favor Bemis offers something old, new, borrowed and blue with annual auction exhibit If you are a patron of the arts you have gotten the memo, not to mention the email, Twitter and formal invitation: “Come join us at the 12th annual Bemis Center Art Auction and Exhibition. The favor of a reply is […]

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Body and Soul

Bellies, backs and feet make for unique portraits at Moving Gallery We have all posed for that proverbial portrait photo whether for travel, license, family, job or glamour with mixed results. A little makeup, some flattering light and shadow and a Photoshop edit or two, as we hope the photo artist will help us put […]

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Every Drop Counts

Installation at Creighton warns of our greatest resource Watered Down Artist Matthew Dehaemers may not be the first to show “green art” in this area, but his current installation, Watered Down, at Creighton University’s Lied Art Gallery, is one of this year’s most interesting exhibits in Omaha regardless of theme or subject. Sculptor Jess Benjamin […]

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Graphic Art

Erotic Body as Text show finishes at RNG Gallery Even the most prudish of viewers will tolerate the occasional nude in art; that is, as long as it is properly ensconced in a proper museum. That said, past and current staff at the Joslyn Art Museum could regale readers with tales of offended viewers who […]

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Vista Vision

German photographer returns, Making theConnection from Beelitz to Old Market When German artist Christian Rothmann introduced the work of Frauke Bergemann to Omaha in 2008 he referred to her photography as “frozen transition.” This was an apt description of Bergemann’s large, hyper-realistic juxtapositions of time and space that depicted a post-reunification Berlin still largely “stuck” […]

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