Friday, July 31, 2009

David Wojnarowicz

"Untitled," [Falling Buffalo], 1988-89.
Gelatin-silver print, 27 1/2” x 34 1/2”.

This photo was so important to me while in school. Funny I thought of it today and needed to revisit his work. Natural subjects like insects and tornadoes suggested the biological forces of nature and man's opposition to those forces. David Wojnarowitz's photograph of a herd of buffalo being driven off a cliff (Untitled, 1988-89) was taken from a diorama at the National History Museum in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Molds! Molds! Beautiful molds!

Thanks to Les Bruning over at Hot Shops He used Polytek rubber and the molds came out great despite all of the fabric undercuts. I finally got my boxing gloves made into a mold. I can't wait to start casting off theses puppies!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Adam Shecter: Bemis Artist Spotlight

Adam Shecter lives in New York City. His animation, performances and installations are influenced by contemporary cultural media sources including cinema, Saturday morning cartoons, literature and music. Shecter has maintained his online test-site,, since 2002.

Merce Cunningham

Another loss. The choreographer Merce Cunningham died yesterday. He was 90.
With so many great lives coming to an end this summer. Just wanted to take a moment to notice the loss and celebrate their lives.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Bemis Open Studio: Cliff Notes

Just some high lights from a long and full day. The Bemis Center offered the public an opportunity to visit studios and meet its current arts-in-residence. It was also the premiere of an immersive space, commissioned by Sean Ward. The cave which I featured a few weeks back was officially open and host a concert featuring local and touring bands including Plack Blague, FATHR^ (our friend Dapose who is also in The Faint), and Vverevvolf Grev. It was a crazy night but amazing to see the crowds it drew and the excitement from so much of the Omaha community who had never been to Bemis or seen "real" artists on "display" before.

welcome to bemis!
sean ward's cave
tannaz farsi
mitra fabian
my work
my open studio
noah simblist
noah simblist

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tannaz Farsi: Bemis Artist Spotlight

"In researching and appropriating cultural iconography, Tannaz Farsi utilizes non-linear narratives to create installations that focus on the gaze of the individual and its spatial location. Working with air, objects, and the image, she negotiates the invisibility of perception to create installations that encompass a sense of longing."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mitra Fabian: Bemis artist spotlight

Working with everyday materials such as tape, glue, and recycled trash Mitra Fabian creates sculptures and installations that resemble biological growth.
"As she builds with these materials, she deconstructs them or alters them in such a way that they are not immediately recognizable. The reconstruction is in some way determined by what the material is capable of doing, but not meant to do. The new physical form is always more organic, often mimicking the appearance of tumors, magnified cells, or mold. These materials often perform as a skin – their translucency captures light and plays tricks on the eye- breathing, swaying, or slowly and quietly growing. Fabian uses exclusively manufactured materials thereby transforming the artificial, throwaway product into something seemingly natural. This serves as a commentary on the increasingly modified condition of humans, which pits nature against culture and blurs the line between organic and manufactured."

Born in Iran and raised in Boston, Mitra Fabian now lives in San Jose, CA.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

You Sexy Beast

You Sexy Beast: Our Fascination With Werewolves by Linton Weeks
Anxiety And Animal Magnetism

"Charlotte Otten, author of A Lycanthropy Reader and The Literary Werewolf, attributes the present pop-cult fascination with werethings to "our continuing interest in metamorphosis."

A professor emerita at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., Otten says that some of the struggles in the history of metamorphosis can be traced to "uncertainty about the nature of a human being and his/her relationship to the animal kingdom.""... READ MORE

Friday, July 17, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

studio inspiration

Pink and orange are showing up in the work and seeping in from my studio surroundings.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

And/Or art sale

Lily Hanson
C.J. Davis
Art sale at And/Or Gallery

Artist Paul Slocum is shutting down And/Or Gallery and headed to New York.

He’s making a final push to sell the remainder of the gallery’s inventory.

Click here to see what’s up for grabs.

My favorite? C.J. Davis's Untitled 2009 stacked construction paper piece and of course anything made by Lily Hanson.

Call 214-824-2442 for more details.

Diana Al Hadid

Sunday, July 12, 2009

francis bacon

"We are animals, propelled by instinct, and yet given the gift of reason."- F.B.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Margaret Kilgallen

Using my time at BEMIS to revisit old loves, Margaret Kilgallen's murals and works in gouache and acrylic on found paper, usually discarded book endpapers reflect an interest in typographic styles and symbology. She seems like a natural evolution to my looking at Sister Corita Kent.

I've brought the catalogue "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" which accompanyed the show at REDCAT, it documents and contextualizes the hundreds of works the artist produced during her prolific career. Its a beautiful object in itself and one of my favorite things I own. It has essays explaining her interests like looking to Appalachian music, signage, letterpress printing, hobo train writing, and religious and decorative arts.

Art:21's first season includes and episode with her and her husband Barry McGee. Its one of my favorites and it never gets old even though I've probably shown it to students for over 5 years now.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The art of boxing

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bemis: half way mark