As the hazy rays of the summer solstice bend toward the crisp sunbeams of autumn, Modern Arts Midtown presents an exhibition of luminous abstraction. A Grounded Light: New Paintings from James Bockelmanopens at this venue on the evening of Friday, August 3.

Bockelman, longtime art professor at Concordia University in Seward, is regarded for his layered, light-infused oil paintings in which he works out relationships of form, color and scale. Typically for the artist, he works in series, so viewers can expect to witness the process through which he ponders theme and variation.

In this current group of paintings, Bockelman leans toward a muted palette, focusing on the intersections of such geometries as horizontal lines, square and hexagonal grids. In some instances, these abstractions may even read as collages of such utilitarian domestic forms as siding, wire fencing and floor tile.

Complementing Bockelman’s artwork will be abstract paintings by Nebraskan David McLeod. This artist gravitates toward tensions between hard geometries and soft washes of spreading color against open, white backgrounds.

Also featured in the exhibition are the “illusive dimensions photography” by Arkansan Terry Dushan. Her vivid color photographs capture unseen tracks of light and color in motion.

A Grounded Light: New Paintings from James Bockelman opens on Friday, August 3 with a reception from 6-8pm, and continues until August 31 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge Street. For further information, contact 402/502-8737 or visit

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