Once Upon a Time or Two

Two art exhibits using a common theme opened in the Metro area for April; RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs with Once Upon a Time: A Twisted Fairy Tale and Hot Shops in Omaha, with a more traditional take called Once Upon a Time: Fairy Tales and Children’s Rhymes. This hands local viewers an interesting, perhaps […]

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In Her Court

There is a lot going on in the works of Omaha-based artist Erin Foley that are currently on display in the Moving Gallery’s Gallery of the Zodiac space in the Old Market.  In some of these minimal, geometric paintings, what’s going on is quite specific, however hidden from the viewer it might be. The four […]

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Humor & Homage…

Over time, each new wave of artists has searched for novel venues to pitch their innovative visions to the public. In mid-19th century France, the Acadamie des Beaux Arts held reign over art’s definition. When Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas and others joined forces to share their “en plein air” paintings, they were rejected by the […]

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Remodeling Project

Open any fashion magazine and you’ll see them: models. Those beautiful glamazons who play a beguiling role in the shaping of our wants, desires and aspirations. In our quest for magnificent purses, perfect glossy hair or hot cars; for leaner bodies, cooler friends and a better life. The marketing and consumer goods industries have become […]

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Memories R US

Art is the communication of what a society thinks, experiences and feels. In our history we’ve had everything from religious figures to Campbell’s soup cans become iconography that explain our time and place. It’s no accident that our collective memories have been shaped by images over time-whether painted and hung on a wall or sent […]

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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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Crowd Sourced

Lincoln artists Byron Anway and Jordan Buschur must love a good crowd. Each focuses on the psychological and compositional possibilities of volumetric quantities, whether of people or things. Mass In, an exhibition of their recent paintings, is now on view at the Nebraska Arts Council’s Fred Simon Gallery through March 4. Anway’s subject matter draws […]

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‘Self-profiler’

In cyber world, your profile is an array of metadata. It describes you through user names, preferences, posts, tweets, likes and shares. And it is through the public recording of personally meaningful events, photos, and lists that an online persona forms a kind of self-portrait.   Few of us are just one thing—not solely our […]

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‘Letterpress Mentor’

UNO Art Gallery’s current exhibit, Harry Duncan as Letterpress Mentor, celebrates an artisan movement that applauds the handmade, limited productions of local artists using a process and an aesthetic that hearken to times bygone. On exhibit until Feb.11 both at the UNO Art Gallery and the Criss Library, the show honors Harry Duncan, poet, letterpress […]

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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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