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NEGATIVE SPACE GROUP EXHIBITION

Welcome to Negative Space Group Exhibition- the third of four themed group shows presented by MoonRise Gallery in 2021. Local artists were invited to submit their original artworks based on the theme, “Negative Space”. The selected pieces below are part of this show because they embody the theme.

NICOLE BOURNE

With a degree in horticulture, I often express my fascination with nature and science through my art. By using realism, true-to-life sizing, and featuring separate parts of a whole, my intention is to encourage the viewer to pause and look closer at nature or other objects taken for granted. Negative space is an element I regularly incorporate in my art to highlight my graphite and charcoal drawings. Since negative space can often be neglected by the audience, I’ve staged interruptions within it to urge the viewer’s eye to continue through every inch of the work of art. This, also, encourages a longer study of the art and, in doing so, makes the negative space a featured focus.

ADAM FINDLEY

Adam Findley is an artist living in Omaha, NE. Findley creates abstract and non-objective imagery using a range of materials on substrates of various sizes. The marks are made, and shapes arranged according to inner perceptions of vibration. He has shown in numerous galleries and group shows throughout the Midwest and is in private and corporate collections across seven U.S. states. He earned his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. 

KAREN KLEIN

I find my joy in seeing and photographing abstract design in nature. The patterns and textures and edges and juxtapositions fascinate me. I revel in the magic light creates – reflections, backlit glow, highlights, and shadows.

My favorite photos are often touched by other-worldliness, where light and dark create an ethereal, pensive beauty. Photos that reveal a place of wonder and possibility, and reflection. My style relies on realism, with only minimal editing.

I want my art to inspire people to give their attention to the natural world around us; to look deeply, to foster curiosity and creativity. I want them to look and to wonder. How did this come to be? What process made this shape or pattern?

My interest in photography and nature as art began during my studies in Landscape Architecture. After a career in city planning, I became a Nebraska Master Naturalist, where fellow naturalist photographers encouraged me to further pursue my own work.

JOSEPHINE LANGBEHN

The driving force behind my work is the opportunity to investigate someone’s story and illuminate a person’s past existence. My process begins with collecting black and white photographs of individuals connected to me from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Often times the connection to the photograph are my family members. These ephemeral documents are the main inspiration of my work. As a visual storyteller, I use these photographs as a starting point to create portraits that are an artistic exploration of the subject matter’s narrative, and in turn helps me understand my own family’s story. Despite extensive research through interviews and documents, the subjects often remain a mystery. The background in the photographs often times do not give much information to whom the individual is. Thus, leaving the background stark white gives additional space for a story to be questioned and filled with a narrative of what could be. Not being able to fully unveil the subjects, they will remain faceless as a continuing questioning of the narrative and identity.

EMMY MAGERS

My name is Emmy Magers and I am an artist based out of Elkhorn, NE. I started my art journey as a painter, tried some line illustration after that, and I have just recently begun embroidering. After spending the last two years of my life working at an adventure camp in New Mexico, nannying in Spain, and spending almost no time creating art, I decided to pick up embroidering as a way to fill my free time now that I’m back in Nebraska. 

 

These pieces are inspired by my favorite thing, the least ‘negative space’ I could possibly think of, the outdoors. Whether it be hiking in the mountains in Spain, looking at the same beautiful flowers in New Mexico that inspired Georgia O’Keefe to create some of her best art, or staring at the mesmerizing clouds that float through the sky in Nebraska, there’s almost nothing I’d rather be doing than spending my time in nature. These intricate embroideries take hours upon hours to make, but I hope that people can see that anyone can make something beautiful if they just give it the time.

TAFADZWA (TG) NDODA

Tafadzwa (TG) Ndoda was born and raised in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe where he discovered his love for drawing. He moved to the United States in 2000 to study fine art at Bellevue University. He has lived in Omaha and the surrounding areas since. TG has taught art in after school programs and currently runs the weekly life drawing group out of the Hot Shops Art Center.

TRINITY NOBLECAMERON

My work focuses on connection; be that the connection between individuals or between an individual and nature. In an attempt to bring the outside world in, my work acts as a reminder that the world is greater than oneself. It causes the viewer to pause and reflect on the world around them and the part they play in it. I hope to instill the same love and fascination with the world around us as I had during the works creation. Through a variety of materials, I construct environments that cultivate discussion and contemplation on environmental and social issues in the hope of changing the attitude and habits of the viewer. 

 

These pieces are inspired by my favorite thing, the least ‘negative space’ I could possibly think of, the outdoors. Whether it be hiking in the mountains in Spain, looking at the same beautiful flowers in New Mexico that inspired Georgia O’Keefe to create some of her best art, or staring at the mesmerizing clouds that float through the sky in Nebraska, there’s almost nothing I’d rather be doing than spending my time in nature. These intricate embroideries take hours upon hours to make, but I hope that people can see that anyone can make something beautiful if they just give it the time.

 

“Balance” artist statement

Negative space relies on balance. Balance of color or shape or concept. Through simple shapes and colors, this piece holds the sun and moon in constant balance
 
 
“Leftover Tide” artist statement

My work seeks to make one think about how their actions impact other individuals and the planet. Leftover Tide takes a very common material and manipulates it in such a way to evoke a sense of tension in the abstract plasticity. Through the use of color and depth, it conveys not only the visual negative, but the physical space that is our planets waters. Our waters are so polluted, certain areas have accepted it as normal as the changing tides.

MARIBEL PRIBYL

Mother of two, wife of fifteen years, a staff accountant to an emerging local commercial construction company.

 

Overall, I enjoy being creative and applying it to all aspects of my life. As for art, I was drawn to reconnect with a childhood excitement and reacquainted myself with pastels. With a sparked curiosity and an abundance of support; I created multiple projects with a variety of mediums and methods. Trying to practice patience through several learning curves, I have yet to claim a favorite medium, style, or even a chosen outlet. One constantly compelling characteristic I try to portray, is the perspective I feel in comparison to the experiences of my reality. If we in life are actors on a stage; I want to share my appreciation for the backdrop as it unfolds.

NATHANIEL RULEAUX

ARTIST STATEMENT

Hi, I’m Nathaniel Ruleaux. I’m an artist currently located on the unceded land of the Umónhon & the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ in Nebraska. I like to paint and draw with whatever materials I have on hand. Those usually include inks, acrylics, pastels, watercolors and spray paint on watercolor paper and canvas. I also enjoy carving on wood and lino blocks to create original prints in my home studio. My work is an expression of my combined anger at our nation, a love of the people and the land, and dreams of what kind of world I want my child to grow up in. I’m a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. I often use bison as a symbol of the Lakota spirit, the power of our endangered natural world, and a righteous, powerful force for what America should be. I regularly combine other traditional Native images, like the ones used by my grandfather Donald D. Ruleaux, with images of current issues facing indigenous peoples and the world today. In addition to creating visual art, I’m also a classically trained actor. I received my MFA in Theatre from the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance after I finished my BA in Theatre Performance at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

BIO

Nathaniel Ruleaux is an artist currently located on unceded land of the Umónhon & Očhéthi Šakówiŋ in Nebraska. A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, his work combines modern art with traditional indigenous imagery. He is a Culture Work Fellow for ArtStock in Omaha, and founder of Unceded Artist Collective. Recently, he created work for the national Natives Vote 2020 campaign. In addition to creating visual art, he is a classically trained actor and educator. He received his MFA in Theatre from the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance after receiving a BA in Theatre Performance at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

MEGAN THOMAS

Megan Thomas works with oil and acrylic paints, and her painting style can range from dream-like airiness to structured and tight, though it is often a combination of both. She relies heavily on intuition as well as the foundational teachings of the practice. Megan studied at the University of Nebraska Omaha to earn her BA in Studio Art in 2005 with an emphasis in painting.

 

My paintings are greatly inspired by the inner and outer landscapes of my experiences. I have a strong desire to translate the things that I see in life, and subsequently intend to express the inner emotions that can come with that imagery. My objective is to pull the subtlety out of the obvious- to mark the smaller and quieter spaces that live within the large ones.

TRILETY WADE

Trilety Wade works in watercolor, digital photography, and the written word. Portraits and moody landscapes are the subject matter she is most drawn to in her photography, while the body and subtle fantasy is the subject matter that most often emerges in her watercolors. The camera and the brush serve as her poetic pen when she encounters writer’s block.

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