2006.09.05 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Art Gallery Announces Fall Exhibitions
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery has announced three exhibitions that will be on display this fall at UNO. K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible; J.J. L’Heureux: Etichette; and “The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study” open Friday, Sept. 8, and run through Sunday, Oct. 15. An opening reception for all three exhibitions will be held Sept. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery.
K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible
K.C. Kauffman’s “Muscle Movement” series records the subtle shifts of the body in hand-painted color photographs. Each series of images focuses on a particular body part - a finger, a neck, an elbow - and traces its movement. This intense focus on the part, rather than the whole, transforms the human body into distinct abstract forms of light and dark. Contrasting action and stillness, these images capture the strength and power of the human body, making the invisible visible. K.C. Kauffman: Making the Invisible Visible was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.
J.J. L’Heureux: Etichette
In her Etichetteseries, Los Angeles-based artist J.J. L’Heureux combines form and color in lyrical, almost pop art, collages constructed of etichette (“labels” in Italian) from Italian cheese wrappers. The etichette are part of a visual tradition being replaced by digital media due to standardization in the marketplace. By making use of a species of commercial illustration that is endangered, L’Heureux redeems the often-overlooked beauty of these labels by elevating them into aesthetic objects with an inherent attractiveness in their own right. The artist re-presents the labels in a lively environment, creating abstract objects that evoke personal feelings and responses. J.J. L’Heureux: Etichette was organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.
“The Floating Population in Guangzhou, China: A Visual Study”
In the summer of 2005 - with grant support from the University Committee on Research - Peter Szto, a professor of social work at UNO, conducted a visual study on the streets of Guangzhou, China, that focused on the “Floating Population”. This “floating population” refers to the illegal residency status of 150-200 million peasants that have mass-migrated since the 1980s from China’s rural areas to major urban centers in search of work, economic freedom and material prosperity. Szto’s photographs provide a visual typology of how and where these people exist, and document some of their often-extreme survival strategies. These images combine academic research with the communicative power of photography to educate and persuade. Szto will present a lecture about his research and photographic study Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery.
The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are free, handicapped accessible and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
For more information, call (402) 554-2796.
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