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Lauren Conrad Is Crying: Opening Reception

  • Omaha Creative Institute 1419 South 13th Street Omaha, NE, 68108 United States (map)
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Lauren Conrad Is Crying, curated by Slushie Cohen, posits that everything is the same, until it isn’t. Visions of golden summer sunsets, mediated by reality television and social media, cast a soft, distracting glow on cracking ice shelves, arms races, and trade wars: systems failing. The planet is failing; capitalism is failing; democracy is  failing. Without viable alternatives, we resign ourselves to the status quo and maintain a pretence of “business as usual,” paralyzed by the urgent complexities we face. Delusion becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and what was once “fake” constitutes a new lived reality.     

Carolyn Hoover, Rachel Bailey Shiller, and Slushie Cohen consider the hypernormalization of mediated perception as it becomes more real with every rerun of Laguna Beach, presidential tweet, and Facebook data breach. Relying on a wide range of production skills, and drawing heavily from the tropes of scripted reality TV and social media norms, they put forth living sculpture, drawing, interactive photo installation, and video wrapped up in the artifice of self-awareness that acknowledges the breadth and depth of our new, real fake reality. 

After the opening at OCI, join the artists and DJ Dan Crane across the street at OutrSpaces and dance deeper into the delusion. Doors open at 10:00pm; $10 suggested donation. 

Slushie Cohen is comprised of Esaú Betancourt and Cate O’Brien, two midwestern modernists rooted in Omaha Nebraska, living for programs like Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York and A&E’s Growing up Gotti. Slushie Cohen as a collective is dedicated the presentation of radically accessible projects that work to expose the perils of apathy by centering big ideas in popular culture.

Carolyn Hoover is a visual artist from Omaha and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a student at the New School and is studying fine art and environmental studies. Her work explores ideas of consumerism, sustainability and ethics. 

Rachel Shiller is a Benson based urban farmer and artist. She is dedicated to urban and community gardening and sustainability. This is her first time working inside of an art space with live plants. She focuses on using the found and the foraged, the local and native, with no intention to ship flowers/ plants from other countries or coasts.

OCI's Artist-Run Exhibitions Program lends backbone support to Omaha-area artists throughout the process of organizing, marketing, and mounting a curated exhibition outside the context of larger institutional systems.

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