Lincoln artist Jar Schepers brings his inimitable brand of macabre magic to the Garden of the Zodiac for his second solo exhibition there, where Repetition, a new exhibition of his sculptures, opens on Thursday, May 12.
Schepers works primarily with found objects—items of industrial and consumer function that have since achieved thrift or junk status. From them, he creates a variety of polymorphous creatures, often hybrids of human, animal, insect and machine.
While there may be a touch of whimsy, Schepers more frequently endows his chimeras with serious portent, creating metaphors about the contemporary human condition.
As with his previous Moving Gallery exhibition, this one features freestanding and wall-mounted sculptural groupings, as well as an interactive, hand-cranked, zodiac-figured Ferris wheel whose spinning action is a fragmentary representation of our planet’s eons-long rotational cycles.
Throughout, Schepers hopes to remind viewers that repeated human interventions have variable and meaningful consequences.
Jar Schepers: Repetition, organized by the Moving Gallery opens at the Garden of the Zodiac, 1042 Howard Street in the Old Market Passageway on May 12 from 7 to 9pm and runs through June 19. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 8pm and on Sundays from noon to 6pm.