Accent the Negative

What occupies Positive Space in the New BLK Gallery’s show may get all the attention, but its negative space is what largely gives the artwork its significance. While some of the paintings and sculpture of Justin Beller and digital prints of Daniel Muller strain a bit toward beauty and flirt with the decorative, many more […]

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Paint By Numbers

It’s said in any given year in any given metropolitan community that about 25 percent of its population attends a museum or gallery at least once and 15 percent watch or listen to programs about art, artists and museums as well. That’s according to a 2008 Survey of Public Participation sponsored by the National Endowment […]

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Globetrotters

Many is the man or woman who wanted to take that voyage “across the pond” — seeking one’s fortune, a new beginning or maybe just to escape with no intention of returning. Let the record show that most such movement has been east to west across the Atlantic. Yet, today, “The land of opportunity” is […]

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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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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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