Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Placemakers

Placemakers | Gallery 1 + 2 + 3 + Roof

Anne Lindberg, drawn pink (2012)

Opening Reception: Friday, January 13 | 6:00 - 9:00pm
Artists and Curator Tour: Saturday, January 14 | 12 noon
January 13 – March 31, 2012

The exhibition Placemakers brings together nine artists engaged in interventionist and transformative acts that make places. Working in multiple media — video, photography, installation, sculpture and digital forms — each artist occupies and re-imagines a specific site. The exhibition includes seven commissions of new work and spans 12,000 square feet of the Bemis Center’s first floor and extends beyond the gallery’s interior.

Artists: Isabelle Hayeur, Tim Hyde, Anne Lindberg, Cybele Lyle, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Jason Manley, Zach Rockhill, Quynh Vantu, Letha Wilson

Isabelle Hayeur’s (AIR 2011) site-specific video installations emphasize the porosity of our physical perception with virtual space. Responding to a quotidian space on 14th Street, two blocks from the Bemis Center, Hayeur’s video and sound installation is an invitation to experience a mise en abyme, an exploration of infinity.

Tim Hyde’s video and photographic works amplify singular experiences of place fused to specific psychological, historical, and technological contexts. Hyde’s The Keeper (2006) records a silent and delicate negotiation between the artist and an anonymous elderly woman in the courtyard of a former KGB building in Kiev, Ukraine.

Anne Lindberg's current works utilize fine Egyptian cotton threads to create luminous spatial passages and forms. Optically they are immaterial; materially they are fundamental. Lindberg is presenting a forty-foot installation and a two-dimensional work — both color-saturated works expand her involvement in new modalities for drawing. In 2011, Lindberg received a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.

Cybele Lyle (AIR 2010) works in both video installation and photography, and layers imagery of domestic architecture with the natural environment. Within a restrained palette, Lyle creates a subtle, yet encompassing spatial disorientation that heightens the slowness, impermanence and sexuality of space.

Chicago-based artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s Always After (The Glass House) is the fifth, final installment in a set of works that Manglano-Ovalle filmed in buildings by Mies van der Rohe. In this HD video, Manglano-Ovalle documents an event that “refers to the end of the utopia of transparency.” The work observes a ceremonial window smashing — by Mies’ own grandson — and aftermath at Mies’ Crown Hall at the IIT campus in Chicago.

Jason Manley’s (AIR 2005) drawings and installations compact the language and forms of advertising into off-kilter beacons. Manley’s monumental icons are open-ended and speculative propositions that trump the gamesmanship and diversions of conventional public messaging. For Placemakers, Manley imagines the Bemis Center as a locus of collective possibility and personal hope.

Zach Rockhill’s work engages physical impossibilities of architecture and material. Through low-tech illusions, Rockhill’s works accelerate gravity, make architecture liquid and find permeability within seemingly solid forms. Rockhill has created a 40-foot nylon curtain whose translucent moirés improbably pass through a three-by-three-foot concrete cube.

Quynh Vantu’s (AIR 2011) installations torque the experience of transitional spaces — hallways, atriums, thresholds — into condensed social exchanges, compressed physical negotiations or buoyant places for interaction. Vantu’s works occupy two Bemis Center corridors to distinct effect, and reward spirited participation.

Letha Wilson (AIR 2011) builds photographic and architectural tableaux that conjoin bucolic visions of nature with misbehaving construction materials. Her site-specific works for Placemakers conflate pastoral images with alien and unexpected architectural moments. Beyond the specific jolt of this work, Wilson sends up the often ill-fitting interface of the built and natural worlds.

Placemakers is curated by Hesse McGraw, Bemis Center chief curator.

Process Talk: Quynh Vantu + Letha Wilson | Thursday, December 8 | 6:00pm
Process Talk: Cybele Lyle + Zach Rockhill | Thursday, December 15 | 6:00pm

Exhibitions presenting sponsor: Omaha Steaks
Sponsors: Amber M. Allen, Justin V. Allen Design + Development, Clark Creative Group, Davis Erection and Crane Rental & Rigging, Echo Tech, Education Power | Robert Webber, Larry Gawel Photography, Chris Headley / OmahaComputerHelp.com, Min | Day, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Quail Distributing, Recycling Rudy | Grandma M, Roots & Wings, Rybin Plumbing & Heating, Sherwin Williams, Upstream Brewing Company, Visions Custom Framing, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Warren Distribution

Anne Lindberg, drawn pink (2012)

Anne Lindberg, drawn pink (2012), Egyptian cotton thread, staples, 72 x 408 x 120 inches
All photos by Larry Gawel

Anne Lindberg, drawn pink (2012)

Anne Lindberg, drawn pink (2012)

Anne Lindberg, drawn pink (2012), Egyptian cotton thread, staples, 72 x 408 x 120 inches

Anne Lindberg, parallel 28 green (2011)

Anne Lindberg, parallel 28 green (2011), Graphite, colored pencil on cotton mat board, 58 x 51 inches

Zach Rockhill, Solar Void (2011)

Zach Rockhill, Solar Void (2011), Concrete, voile, steel pipe and fitting, 132 x 405 x 90 inches

Zach Rockhill, Solar Void (2011)

Letha Wilson, Ghost of a Tree (2011)

Letha Wilson, Ghost of a Tree (2011)

Letha Wilson, Ghost of a Tree (2011), Digital print on vinyl, drywall, wood, paint, gallery column, 152.5 x 96 x 72 inches

Letha Wilson, Badlands Wall Rip (2011)

Letha Wilson, Badlands Wall Rip (2011), Unique C-print, paper, paint, cut drywall, 35.5 x 29.25 inches

Tim Hyde, The Keeper (2006)

Tim Hyde, The Keeper (2006), Single channel video, 6 minutes

Jason Manley, Suspending Belief (2012)

Jason Manley, Suspending Belief (2012), Wood, steel, LED lighting, Dimensions variable

Jason Manleym, Suspending Belief (2012)

Jason Manley, Under Construction (2011)

Jason Manley, Under Construction (2011), Acrylic ink on paper, 48 x 59 inches

Jason Manley, Exceptionalism, 2010, Acrylic Ink on Paper, 30x34

Cybele Lyle, Untitled (Shifting Space) (2011)

Cybele Lyle, Untitled (Shifting Space) (2011), Video and digital slide projection, projectors, wood, Tyvek, the room itself, Dimenions variable

Cybele Lyle, Untitled (Shifting Space) (2011)

Cybele Lyle, Untitled (Shifting Space) (2011), Video and digital slide projection, projectors, wood, Tyvek, the room itself, Dimenions variable

Cybele Lyle, Untitled (Shifting Space) (2011)

Cybele Lyle, Untitled (Shifting Space) (2011)

Cybele Lyle, Untitled (Shifting Space) (2011)

Quynh Vantu, Courtesy Hallway | Doors (2012)

Quynh Vantu, Courtesy Hallway | Doors (2012), Doors, double acting spring hinges, wood, Plexiglas, 96 x 48 x 384 inches

Quynh Vantu, Courtesy Hallway | Doors (2012)

Quynh Vantu, Courtesy Hallway | Doors (2012)

Quynh Vantu, Courtesy Hallway | Doors (2012), Doors, double acting spring hinges, wood, Plexiglas, 96 x 48 x 384 inches

Quynh Vantu, Squeeze (2012)

Quynh Vantu, Squeeze (2012), fabric, weather balloons, (9) 132" diameter spheres

Quynh Vantu, Squeeze (2012)

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Always After (The Glass House) 2006

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Always After (The Glass House) (2006), Super 16mm film transfer to HD digital video, Loop 09:41 minutes

Isabelle Hayeur, Innerland (2011)

Isabelle Hayeur, Innerland (2011), Still image from 3D animation, Inkjet on polyester, 54 x 60 inches, Edition 1 of 5

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