POST-NOVIS, ‘Narrative Architecture’ Opens on Maple Street

February 1st, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—While many institutions are gearing up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the German Bauhaus Movement in art and architecture, Maple Street Construct’s exhibition opening tonight pays homage to to the parallel but lesser known movement, UNOVIS, from Vitebsk, Belarus. Architects and Professors Cruz García and Nathalie Frankowski of the University of Nebraska Lincoln have collaborated with their students to imagine a renaissance of the lost art school, titled, POST-NOVIS.

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‘Pairings’ Opens at Maple St. Construct

January 4th, 2019

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Both architects and educators, Peter Goché and Mitchell Squire are caught between the demands of the industry, and the ambition to turn their practice on its head. The idea that both artists respond to is what’s been described as a “profound crisis in imagination.”

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‘One New Big Painting’ at Project Project

December 14th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Tonight on Vinton Street, Project Project Gallery will open a new exhibition, One New Big Painting, which is in fact a single new big painting by local artist and recent UNO graduate, Anne Dovali.

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Bemis Center Open House/Open Studios, Saturday

October 12th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—For over thirty years, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has hosted artists in residency for an extended stay at the facilities, providing them with the time and means to produce new work. Artists hail from all over the world, working with a variety of media, this time, including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.

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“Cleft”, at Project Project

September 14th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

South Omaha’s Project Project was a natural choice for the artists, James Bockelman and Michael Ian Larsen. It’s like a sandbox with its plywood walls, exposed rafters, and flexible owners. No strangers to experimentation—the space has gone as far as letting artists plant an indoor forest.

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Maple Street Construct Opens ‘Wall Assembly’

August 3rd, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Simply put, the Duck vs. the Decorated Shed a theory of architecture put forward by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. For them, all structures fall into one of those categories, either resembling an object as a sculpture, like a duck, which is a reference to an actual structure in Long Island, or a more standard structure with a façade to give a certain impression.

Architect and assistant professor at UCLA, Andrew Kovacs has unpacked this dichotomy in his work, some of which will be shown this weekend at Maple Street Construct. He begins with scaled down sculptures, often resembling complex 3-dimensional collages of pieced together objects and architectural styles, sometimes challenging the limits of perception.

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