The Good Life?

‘Sounds Good’ exhibit at UCA questions Nebraska slogan from artist’s point of view


Artist Ella Weber’s exhibition Sounds Goodcontinues at the Union for Contemporary Arts through August 25. The show statement says that Omaha-based Weber looks at connections between the everyday mundane, consumerism sexuality, and spirituality through a “suburban Midwestern ethos.” She does this close to home.

“As a resident of Nebraska, where the slogan is ‘The Good Life,’ Weber questions what is meant by “good.” Politeness? Morality? Comfort? Success? Does Nebraska offer everyone this so-called good life? And is ‘good’ good enough?”

Sounds Goodincludes video production and digital collage, as well as some found object assemblages. Much of Ella’s work is informed by her time working behind a grocery deli counter, so prepared meats make recurring appearance in the work.

After completing graduate school, Weber got a job slicing meat behind the deli counter at a chain grocery store. She intentionally maintains minimum wage jobs as a means to fuel her art, both financially and conceptually, thus exploring the realities artists face to balance their creative practice and their bills.

Weber earned a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas. The artist has exhibited nationally including exhibitions at Haw Contemporary in Kansas City, Suite & Bridges Gallery at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, Project Project in Omaha, and the Cube Art Project in Lincoln, among many other venues. She has taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Pratt Munson-Williams- Proctor College of Art and Design, and as a mentor in Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentorship program.

Sounds Good continues until Aug. 25 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th Street.  For details and gallery hours, go to u-ca.org.


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