Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Leslie Diuguid: Power Tower | Underground

Power Tower

June 17–July 2, 2011
Opening Reception: June 17, 6pm–9pm
Artist Talk: June 18, 12pm


In 2008, fringe right-wing Christian radio station Family Radio announced that the date of the Rapture had been discovered: May 21, 2011. Though no major events took place on that date, if it were to hold true, the faithful would be gathered in heaven with God and the sinners left behind would be forced to face their impending judgement or self-destruct in order to avoid it.

In her Bemis Underground solo debut, Power Tower, artist Leslie Diuguid sees these supposed last days as a period of change. As for what happens after, she doesn’t presume to know or even care. Power Tower presents the most horrifying yet captivating part of these events — like a car wreck, things getting very bad, very fast. Jesus will be replaced with promiscuous clumsy athletes and all of life’s answers will come from YouTube. Diuguid’s installation work and collage-drawings will illustrate Americans doing what they do best: self-destructing with style.

About the artist:
Originally from Kansas City, Diuguid works primarily in drawing and graphic design. Her work often unites unlikely pairs to create dynamic, thought-provoking installations. She explores the limits of image-making through work that is simultaneously transgressive and visually appealing. She currently lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska.

Power Tower is curated by Joel Damon, Underground Curator.

Exhibitions presenting sponsor: Omaha Steaks
bemis |Underground presenting sponsor: Lincoln Financial Foundation
Sponsors: Chris Headley | OmahaComputerHelp.com, Clark Creative Group, Larry Gawel Photography, Nebraska Arts Council, Quail Distributing, Sherwin Williams, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Upstream Brewing Company, Visions Custom Framing and Warren Distribution

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