Raconteur, entrepreneur and pop artist extraordinaire Dan Crane brings his fun self along with a posse of creative friends to the gallery space at OCI with the opening of Y’all 20, a fitting salvo to the end of summer.

Crane’s endeavors have always worked at the intersection of art, commerce and consumerism, often heavy with elements of nostalgia and farce. Whether peddling art-merch, designing zines, or creating participatory installations, Crane can be counted on to deliver the unexpected.

This current effort rounds up a group of comrades whose work similarly trades in retro newness, and promises to offer an exhibition whose contents range “from squishy, lush, genuine, oily fantasy-scapes to PDF-based, sharp, bitmapped, lurid xeroxes”. A pop art bent for intertwined expressions of sincerity, irony and fabulism will doubtless underscore the multitude of voices in this show.

Participating artists are Graham Akins, Will Anderson, Adam Beris, Chris Bostwick, Andrew Cimelli, Dan Crane, Leslie Diuguid, Joey Grimm, Brian Henkel, Erin Hinz, Anna Dewey Nance, Sarah Rose Niemiec, Kjell Peterson, Pete Puskas, Ryan Ranney, Brittan Rosendahl, Nathan Schultz, Alex Ponca Stock, Christine Stormberg, and Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez.

Y’all 20 opens at the Omaha Creative Institute on Friday, August 10, with a reception from 6-8pm. A closing reception and the release of a special edition book created by Dan Crane & Co. will take place on August 24th at 6:00 PM. The OCI gallery is located at 1419 S. 13thStreet, Suite 103. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm.

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