Bemis Opens ‘Hot Mess Formalism’

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June 28th, 2018

Omaha, NE—Brooklyn based artist Sheila Pepe’s exhibition, Hot Mess Formalism opens at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts tonight. Comprising over 70 pieces, the exhibition has made its way to Omaha from the Phoenix Art Museum with an added site specific work for Bemis.

Hot Mess Formalism, curated by longtime friend and colleague Gilbert Vicario, is a survey of Pepe’s work. The large scale installations featured tonight are mostly crocheted and knitted together with fibers and other household materials, but Pepe’s prolific body work has been influenced by her extensive studies of many techniques.

These fibrous pieces aren’t just sweaters and blankets but rather massive suspended webs, or coils seeming to grow along the floor of the gallery.

Physically, Pepe’s large-scale textile work constructs Hot Mess Formalism, and it’s her lifelong relationship with Feminism that inspirits it.

Hot Mess Formalism opens at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts tonight at 6:00pm. There will be an ArtTalk with Pepe at 6:30. The exhibition will run until September 15th. For more information, visit Bemis Center.org.

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