Ranging from squishy, lush, genuine, oily fantasy-scapes to PDF-based, sharp, bitmapped, lurid xeroxes, Y’all 20 is sincere and sometimes ironic, but far from condescending. It considers the messy intersection of nostalgia (compassion, memory, community) and now-ness (space/time distance, social networking, reality). It is the inevitable bi-product of inspired devotion and hosts endearing, serious contemporary pop art. Twenty young, throwed Hammer Dawgs, presenting you with The Goods.
Exhibiting artists include Graham Akins, Will Anderson, Adam Beris, Chris Bostwick, Andrew Cimelli, Dan Crane, Leslie Diuguid, Joey Grimm, Brian Henkel, Erin Hinz, Anna Dewey Nance, Sarah Rose Niemiec, Kjell Peterson, Pete Puskas, Ryan Ranney, Brittan Rosendahl, Nathan Schultz, Alex Ponca Stock, Christine Stormberg, and Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez.
Y’all 20, curated by Dan Crane, opens at Omaha Creative Institute Friday, August 10th with a reception starting at 6:00 PM. A closing reception and the release of a special edition book created by Dan Crane & Co. to celebrate the exhibition and ten years of friendship between these artists will take place on August 24th at 6:00 PM. Books will be available for purchase that night and through Dan Crane’s Real Business.
Dan Crane was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his BFA in printmaking in 2009 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Since then, he has participated in solo and group visual art exhibitions in and around the Omaha area. A persistent interest in work that infuses a DIY aesthetic into overused pop culture icons, led Dan to launch Dan Crane's Real Business with things to buy at https://dancranesrealbusiness.bigcartel.com/.
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.