Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Thermon Statom: Nascita | Gallery 1

Opening Reception: Friday, April 11 | 7:00 - 10:00pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 12 | 12 noon
April 11 - August 16, 2008

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to present Therman Statom’s Nascita, an ambitious exhibition comprised of a multitude of site-specific glass and mixed-media sculptures. For over twenty-five years, Statom has revolutionized the glass medium, creating installations of an architectural scale that reward the viewer’s imagination and sense of wonder.

Four elements dominate the visual terrain of Therman Statom’s Nascita, or "Origin:" a 50-foot glass frieze, a freestanding glass room, a 30-foot mirror-scaled snake and multiple “mirrorized” architectural fixtures. Statom utilized commercial panes of glass, silicon, mirror and paint as his primary materials to create a stylized and expressive environment that sprawls throughout the gallery. His bold forms brim with symbols — such as maps, vessels, foliage and snakes — that are rooted in art history and personal references. The artist creates glass box "paintings” that house a myriad of painted images as well as eclectic objects suggesting an open-ended narrative filled with surprising juxtapositions. Although Statom precisely planned and prefabricated certain aspects of the exhibition, he also improvised throughout the installation process and will reconfigure the exhibition at multiple points during its run. Statom approaches the gallery space as a studio and laboratory and encourages viewers to join his process of discovery.

About the Artist
Therman Statom is one of the world's leading artists utilizing glass for sculptural installations. He has exhibited internationally at venues such as the Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), the Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), the Denver Art Museum (CO), the Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden), the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Sapporo, Japan) and the Centro Cultural de la Raza (Ensenada, Mexico). Statom's work is featured in numerous private and public collections world-wide, including the Detroit Institute of Fine Arts (MI), the Afro-American Museum (CA), the High Museum of Art (GA), the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, (Washington D.C.), the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre (Paris, France) and the Musee de Design et D'Arts Appliques/Contemporain (Lausanne, Switzerland). The artist's public commissions can also be seen at the Los Angeles Central Public Library, the Los Angeles International Airport and at the Ice Center in San Jose, CA, among others.

Careful! Art can show you yourself | Dane Stickney, Omaha World-Herald | 5.26.08
Beginning ... Again | Michael J. Krainak, City Weekly | 4.17.08
Gut level | Sarah Baker, The Reader | 4.16.08

Exhibitions Presenting Sponsor: Omaha Steaks
Sponsors: Clark Creative Group, Nebraska Arts Council, Upstream Brewing Company

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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