Opening Reception: Friday, June 2nd, 7-10 PM
HER/HIM/THEY/THEM seeks to explore an understanding of oneself. With concepts ranging from societal expectations to gender identity, the audience will be treated to rich visuals including ceramics, oil painting, performance art, and mixed media. The artists (Michael Johnson, Kayla Linden, Angie Nord, Victoria Norton, Tanner Reckling, and Wes Staley) display passionate work which asks the audience to reexamine cultural norms regarding society's definition of gender, and to stimulate further dialogue in the viewer's own life.
Michael Johnson is working toward her BA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an expectation to graduate in Fall 2017. In 2016, Johnson curated and showed work at “Monster Night,” “Threadbare,” “Barebones,” and “Spectator//Author,” all at The Commons in Lincoln, Nebraska. She uses her body to create visceral performances that range from contemplative to humorous. Studious observation of light and color inform her latest series of self-portraits, which second-guess the way the artist sees herself and deal with transformation, identity, and the physicality of light.
Tanner Reckling’s work celebrates contemporary muddled technological lifestyles while his work uses his unapologetically mid-western formative years (i.e. hunting, fishing, religion); all of which explore the misuses of nostalgia, accessibility, and politics (i.e. race, class, gender, sexuality, and mental illness). His work is queer, technological, white-trash, and youthful.
Reckling has been gifted the title of Certified Master Angler-Fisherman from the state of Nebraska’s Parks and Recreation System. Tanner has also been called “the nicest drag-queen you will ever meet.” Reckling possesses professional gallery and curation experience; one curated show was showcased in USA Today: College Edition.
Reckling received his education from The University of California- Los Angeles, The Illustration Academy (Kansas City), and The University of Nebraska- Omaha. Reckling has worked under London-based artist and Whitney Independent Study Fellow, Sonya Dyer, whom is currently Curator of Public Programming at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. In 2017, Reckling interned at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and worked with Guggenheim Fellow, Cassils, whom is a featured artist on VICE’s "The Creators Project."
Wes Staley is a self-taught artist, whose focus is working in oil paint. They previously had a solo exhibition in September 2016 at Blueberry Center Gallery in the Parrish Galleries. Wes strives to conceptualize the range of emotions that are experienced within the winding paths of gender identity and processing trauma. Their work is primarily representational and figurative, with a pop-surrealism influence. Wes currently works as an Art Instructor and Direct Support Professional at Live Yes Studios.
Kayla Linden is currently a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with plans to graduate with her BFA with an emphasis in ceramics in December 2017. Kayla has recently participated in the UNL Juried Student Show in February 2017, Seventeen (a group exhibition) at Turbine Flats in March 2017, and the Vreeland-Howard Awards Exhibition in April 2017. With an interest in feminine identity and the female figure, Kayla works in both sculpture and painting, using various materials from ceramic, fibers and textiles, wood, and oil paint.
Victoria Norton has currently just finished her undergraduate degree with a BFA with an emphasis in ceramics and a BA in Art History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Victoria has recently shown in the Capstone Exhibition, May 2017, and the UNL Undergraduate Student Juried Exhibition, February 2017, at the Eisentrager Howard Gallery. The installations and sculptures Victoria makes are influenced by her life experiences
Angie Nord is an Installation-based Ceramics artist and recent graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has previously participated in groups shows at Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Prescott Gallery, Prairie Pines, and Yellow Porch Gallery, as well as various open studio shows in Omaha, Nebraska. Angie creates work about identity. She sorts and arranges small objects, builds layers and hides details to create relationships in her assemblages. She uses muted colors, found objects, and ceramic structures. All of these elements come together to address her identity as a person of multiple ethnicities.