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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Bemis Hosts Open House/Open Studios

July 21st, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—At the Okada Center at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, artist Jenny Yurshansky is forming metal into coils, which will become integral pieces to one of her larger ceramic works. It’s all part of the current Artist Residency Program at Bemis, hosting 10 artists out of almost 300 hundred applicants. It’s a chance for artists from all over the country and around the world to live and work carefree in Omaha for about three months. Their works in progress and studio spaces will be on display at Bemis this Saturday.

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Bemis Opens ‘Hot Mess Formalism’

June 28th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

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.

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Project Project’s $100 Art Sale Tonight

June 8th, 2018

By Corbin Hirschhorn

Omaha, NE—Project Project, one of South Omaha’s Vinton Street Galleries, will be hosting their annual $100 Art Sale tonight. It’s a chance for attendees to acquire contemporary art from around the country at a reasonable price. It’s also an important event for the gallery, since they typically don’t ask for money for the rest of the year. Co-Founder, Joel Damon.

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