Still Life No. 8, Lauren Simpson and Jenny Stulberg, 2018

Celestial Real Estate’s” holdings are nothing and nowhere–a collective non-ownership of the light we see, the heat we feel, and the movement we make.

Curatorial Statement

George Harrison famoulsy wrote his classic “Here Comes the Sun” while strolling through friend Eric Clapton’s garden “after a long, cold lonely winter.”  The Beatle guitarist/songwriter isn’t the only artist moved by solar energy. Organized by Omaha-based choreographer Lauren Simpson, Celestial Real Estate, which opens March 12 at Generator Space gallery, likewise promises viewers to “feel like the ice is slowly melting ,” after its day in the sun.

Celestial Real Estate evolves over a four-week period with a little help from Simpson’s friends, four artists to be exact, who investigate visual, felt and sound-based interpretations of sunlight. The four additional collaborators, Nick Miller, Celeste Butler, Derek Higgins and Galen Rogers  respond to one another’s work in a cumulative sequence of prompts and responses that redirect heat, light and movement, culminating in a series of live performances.

Miller’s installation work traces the movement of sunlight within the gallery space using materials that investigate the absorptive and reflective qualities of the visible light spectrum like fabric, tape, and paint according to the show statement. Miller is an artist and educator working and teaching in Omaha, NE. Specializing in geometric abstraction, he is a painter, sculpture and installation artist who also has created dozens of murals across the United States.

Dance Exhibit A, Choreographed by Lauren Simpson Dance, Objects by Dana Hemenway and Brion Nuda Rosch, Sound by Shanna Sordahl, Live performance at Minnesota Street project 2019. 

Butler next responds to Miller’s work by designing soft, wearable pieces that capture and reflect light as they move on the clothed body. Next, Dereck Higgins takes cues from both Miller and Butler to more deeply consider the relationship of light and sound waves in a musical composition. 

Butler is a fiber and textile artist, quiltologist, and storyteller based in Omaha, NE. She has worked on several community engagement art projects, celebrating the pride and culture of North Omaha. Higgins has been active in music since the 70’s. He is known for his bass playing skills and diverse musical interests.

Choreographers Simpson and Galen Rogers bring this Celestial Real Estate to a close in April guided by Higgins’ composition, wearing Butler’s designs and housed in Miller’s installation. Their timely series of performances, which experiment with light as felt radiant heat, suggest a long-awaited Spring thaw, leaving viewers with “their smiles returning to their faces.”

Due to ongoing COVID-19 related public health concerns, viewings of Celestial Real Estate, March 12 – April 9, 2021, at Generator Space, 1804 Vinton St., will be by appointment and limited to small groups of five people or fewer at a time. Register through Eventbrite or email peter@amplifyarts.org to schedule a time to visit. Face masks are required.    


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