Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Jamie Burmeister: Message Matters

​January 14–April 9, 2011
Opening Reception: January 14, 6pm–9pm
Artist Talk: January 29, 12pm

For the exhibition Another Nebraska: Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellows, Gretna-based artist Jamie Burmeister produced a site-specific and interactive light installation at the Bemis Center and the Fred Simon Gallery at the Nebraska Arts Council. The work, Message Matters, features computer-controlled lights that fade in and fade out in unison across 54 windows on the 5th and 1st floors of the Bemis Center and 6 windows facing the Gene Leahy Mall at the Fred Simon Gallery. The work is a Morse Code message that the public may respond to via text message.

Message Matters builds on Burmeister's history of interactive works in media spanning video, light projection, sound art and sculpture. His works address their site and the larger cultural contexts their viewers implicitly participate in. Although simply and economically executed, Message Matters holds significant impact for the surrounding urban environments of both galleries and engages the widening gap between historic and contemporary messaging technologies.

For the Bemis Center, Burmeister's work is particularly timely. In the midst of the Building | Bemis construction process, Burmeister proposed to animate the renovated building facade, which includes new windows from the second through fifth floors. This work exemplifies the Bemis Center's desire to "give the institution to artists" and our interest in positioning the exhibition program as a laboratory for the production and presentation of new contemporary art works.

Message Matters is viewable during normal gallery hours and 24/7 throughout the duration of the exhibitions.

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