An exhibition of works by well-known Nebraska artist Thomas Prinz and his son Christopher, opening at Gallery 72 on March 13, provides a litany of quiet moments in which to ponder the expressive potential of material and form. 

Trained as an architect and occasionally employed as an adjunct instructor of visual literacy at UNL, the elder Prinz’s work suggests an effort to squeeze as many dimensions and layers as possible into the space of a single work. 

Often this is accomplished with strips of paper (sometimes newsprint or fragments of digital images) layered upon one another in colorful geometric patterns that sometimes recall the abstracted California landscapes of Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), but I dare say with more going on to engage the eye. 

The younger Prinz shares his father’s interest in form, but he explores it via industrial materials, such as metal and corrugated cardboard, and emphasizes variations in texture more than color.  The pairing of these two artists would seem natural even if they weren’t related.  The exhibition is on view at Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton Street, until April 11.

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