Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts



Language and Landscape, Art and Environment
at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art’s
First Thursday Art Talk

How do we experience space when it is constantly in flux? How does the environment interact with art to transform the finished product? These are the questions Tracy Heller and Jarrod Bogan will pose during the Bemis Center’s monthly Art Talk: Resident Artist Lecture Series on Thursday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Heller earned her Master of Fine Art degree in photography from Pratt Institute and her Bachelors of Art degree in Art History from University of South Alabama. Her photographs serve as a reflexive response to relocating to New York City. Heller experienced the abrupt change from a landscape dominated by a big sky to a cityscape with no horizon. This shift felt like a transition from open to closed, from freedom to confinement. In her work, she abstracts photographs to reference the language of landscape, with no clear vantage point for the viewers. By creating constant flux in perceived distances, Heller creates space that is simultaneously finite and infinite. The artist currently lives and works in Fort Walton, FL.

Jarred Bogan earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Ohio University, Athens, OH and his Bachelor of Art degree from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. He collaborates with nature in order to produce his artwork, using the nexus of art and environment to produce transformation. After creating a sculpture constructed of a cement mixture and beeswax, Bogan takes the piece into a natural setting, such as a field or woods, where the tactile qualities of the object’s surface begin to change. Salt crystals take form, animals and insects crawl across the surface, wind and rain contribute, all working to leave their various imprints in the beeswax. Later, Bogan reclaims the sculpture, thus completing the collaboration between artist and nature. Bogan works and lives in Auburndale, FL.

Jessa Huebing-Reitinger earned her BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. She creates large-scale, exactingly detailed portraits of insects using a microscope to enlarge her “subjects” up to thirty times. The artist works with the Kansas State University Insect Zoo and Kansas University on Project InSECT, an educational program that travels with the internationally to science museums, zoos, art museums and botanical gardens. Most recently, Huebing-Reitinger displayed her paintings at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in September.

Join us at the Bemis Center on the first Thursday of November and learn more about how these artists approach their environments by creating art and changing viewer perception through their very different media.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 S. 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130