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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: Placemakers | Gallery 1 + 2
- 13 Jan 2012 to 31 Mar 2012

Current Exhibition

13 Jan 2012 to 31 Mar 2012

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 south 12th street
NE 68102
North America
T: +1 402 341-7130

Anne Lindberg, drawn pink, 2012, Egyptian cotton thread, staples, 408 x 72 x 120"

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


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

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

Placemakers Process Talks
Quynh Vantu + Letha Wilson | Thursday, December 8 | 6:00 p.m.
Cybele Lyle + Zach Rockhill | Thursday, December 15 | 6:00 p.m.

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.

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 rayon 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 four-by-four-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.

Exhibitions Presenting Sponsor: Omaha Steaks
Sponsors: Justin V. Allen Design + Development, Clark Creative Group, Davis Erection, Design 8, Echo Tech, Education Power | Robert Webber, Larry Gawel Photography, Chris Headley /, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Quail Distributing, Recycling Rudy | Grandma M, Rybin Plumbing & Heating, Sherwin Williams, Upstream Brewing Company, Visions Custom Framing, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Warren Distribution


TRANSCEIVER marks the first installment in an open series of exhibitions in the Bemis Underground that highlight regional artist-run spaces and curatorial projects. Sitting at the forefront of creative placemaking, artist-run spaces and initiatives have played a large hand in re-purposing countless spaces and neighborhoods around the world. Within the last few years an increasing number of area artists have taken the reigns into their own hands to present adventurous projects and exhibitions in non-traditional spaces, one of which is Drift Station, a gallery and performance space in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since mid 2010, founding artists Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson have pushed to provide their community with inventive and challenging new exhibitions, performances and music all within a former auto-body shop.

TRANSCEIVER is an exhibition of works sent entirely by non-traditional means. Artists from across the US and abroad have been asked to send work via chat, Skype, email, FTP, streaming audio, radio, Twitter, telegram, and Bluetooth. These works, many of which integrate their means of transmission into their structure and content, suggest a non-geographically-centered model. Instead, they suggest the potential for curators and institutions operating within modest budgets and regional locations to mount expansive international shows that challenge traditional structures of what an exhibition and gallery can be.

A companion exhibition will be mounted at Drift Station in Lincoln, Nebraska through February 24, 2012. Drift Station | 1746 "N" Street (corner of 18th St) | Lincoln, Nebraska |

TRANSCEIVER is curated by Drift Station and Joel Damon, Bemis Underground curator.

Exhibition Program Presenting Sponsor: Omaha Steaks
Sponsors: Chris Headley |, Clark Creative Group, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Quail Distributing, Sherwin Williams, Upstream Brewing Company, Visions Custom Framing and Warren Distribution

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