‘Au Contraire’

Recently, yours truly had the chance to see a list of all visual art exhibitions and shows that have taken place in the Metro since September of 2014. In the past, the arts community here has boasted a vibrant and active art scene, but for years it has also been fairly easy to argue against […]

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‘These Referents Register’

These Referents Register, a new exhibition from painter James Bockelman currently on display at Modern Arts Midtown, is an architectonic exhibition with a twist of lemon. This assertive yet quiet collection of paintings from Bockelman combines the studied authority of a well-traveled art history professor, raw obsessive mark making, and the cool color sensibility of […]

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Prinz Charming

The naturalist Charles Darwin famously distinguished between “splitters,” those who divide the animal world into many species defined by small differences, and “lumpers,” those who prefer a smaller number of species based on more widely shared characteristics.  This distinction came to mind as I strolled through the show of works by Tom Prinz and his […]

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Inner Demons

Nolan Tredway’s first solo exhibition at RNG Gallery titled Sciamachy, is complex, and more than a bit complicated. Sciamachy as a noun is defined as “an argument or conflict with an imaginary opponent.” Sciamachy defined as an exhibition is a bit harder to nail down, and maybe that is the point. Nolan Tredway, functioning like […]

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‘Costume’ Made Design

The catwalk stomp of Omaha fashion week is barely over, but textile creations of all manner still wrap around the Metro. Several galleries have focused on “material” culture, following the lead of the Kaneko, which has committed all of its exhibition spaces for three months to a half dozen shows featuring a range of historical […]

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Fine Fabric

Arts venue Kaneko has pulled out all the stops in its Fiber Show that opened Feb. 6.  Made up of six separate exhibits in this huge, two-floor space, this multi exhibition demonstrates a full array of fiber possibilities being created in the world.  Following the highly informative architecture exhibit that recently closed, it looks from […]

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Seeing is Believing

Entering the RNG Gallery to view this year’s exhibition of nominees in the visual arts categories of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, one cannot help but be struck by the quirky diversity of objects populating the space. Looming in one’s line of sight is a very large metal helmet from Littleton Alston’s “Hannibal” show, […]

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‘Brand New’ at New BLK

Another holiday season has come and gone, a traditional time for family and fellowship. And with it exited the barrage of commercials, newspaper inserts and alluring storefront displays, all engineered to make us to think of just what gifts—what consumer goods—would be the ultimate tidings of comfort and joy to bestow upon our loved ones. […]

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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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