May 11 - June 1, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 2018; 6:00 - 8:00 PM;
Artist Talk at 7:00 PM
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Overstuffed reclining leather sectionals with chunky armrests that open up to reveal super-sized cupholders; factory distressed nightstands that replicate the illusion of age in retailers across the country; mass produced works on canvas that live lives of showroom luxury affirming “you too could have all this” crowd domestic spaces with false promises of improved personhood through cash and carry sameness.
Art Furniture, curated by Christopher Prinz, asks four artists to look at the objects we live with everyday in new ways. Rugs, furniture, lighting, wallpaper, and sound all serve as points of departure for proposing alternatives to readily available, commercially imposed “stuff.” Nick Holden, Holly Kranker, Derek Pressnall, and Christopher Prinz have each partnered with a local manufacturer to create unique works that signal a return to small batch production and individualized attention to fabrication. By mining Omaha’s rich manufacturing environment, these artists expand the parameters of interdisciplinary exchange between art and design while giving domestic objects, and the materials that make them, back their agency.
*Artists will be discussing their process during an artist talk beginning at 7PM the night of the opening.
Christopher Prinz is an Omaha based Industrial Designer seeking to expose extreme and rarely visible possibilities of materials and processes associated with manufacturing. Prinz is represented by Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York.
About Omaha Creative Institute: Omaha Creative Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to individual artists, and connecting artists and patrons. The Artist-Run Exhibitions Program emphasizes professional development by lending backbone support to Omaha-area artists throughout the process of organizing, marketing, and mounting a curated exhibition outside the context of larger institutional systems.