Sum of Us
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat, 11:00 am - 5:00pm Sum of Us features six Kansas City artists whose multimedia works explore the relationship of the part to the whole. Although markedly different in approach and process, they provide a meditation on our simultaneously whole and fragmentary states, specifically our relationships to time, space, place and self. Curated by PLUG PROJECTS, a curatorial collective located in Kansas City, the exhibition features work that relies on the specter of the body as image, inspiration, absent worker or character positioning both the body of the artist and that of the spectator through relationships to scale, part and pattern. The artists in the exhibition all utilize repetition and/or meditative processes and imagery. Several, such as Miki Baird, Marcie Miller Gross and Shawn Bitters, use repetition in relation to scale. Whether in piles of shredded paper, junk mail or stacks of thick industrial felt, they build their sculptural works by repeating elements to create objects on a grand scale. Others, like Marcus Cain and Kelly John Clark, use a laborious, methodical process as well as mark making, which amass into ephemeral ghosts of people, lightly colored objects and ambiguous landscapes. In contrast, Barry Anderson uses infrared filters and animation combined with film to create kaleidoscopic distortions of the human figure, and his videos project eerily fragmented versions of children’s faces. Cory Imig, speaking on behalf of the Kansas City curatorial collective, says, “PLUG PROJECTS couldn't be happier about the opportunity to partner with the Bemis Center on this exhibition, Sum of Us. The Bemis is a venue we've long respected for its role as an anchor for the art community of both Omaha and the greater Midwest. It’s a very like-minded space in its goals but operates on a much bigger scale than Plug. For us, this has meant usage of a great exhibition space to show off a quality group of Kansas City artists, exposure to the Omaha arts community, and chance to work with an organization like the Bemis that has such an established history of relevance in our region.” Throughout Sum of Us, there is a spiritual and psychological exploration that manifests amidst the accumulation and shuffling of particles. Through their works and practices, all the artists provide a space for reflection on both the parts and the whole.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 S. 12th Street, Omaha, NE 68102