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Alex Jochim, Sarah Jones & Kristin Pluhacek

  • Michael Phipps Gallery 215 South 15th Street Omaha, NE, 68102 United States (map)
 Kristin Pluhacek,  Bart , 2016

Kristin Pluhacek, Bart, 2016

Opening Reception: September 1st, 4-6 PM

Artist's Statements
Alex Jochim is a photographer, event coordinator, and gallery operator by day, and bartender by night. He documents people, places, and things that are particularly connected to his world: shooting travels, friends, family, community, and anything that inspires him personally. His photos are preferably candid, but sometimes inescapably or even intentionally posed. Inspiration comes from his surroundings, but motivation is drawn from two realms: he shoots very selfishly, capturing the people and things he loves in life, independent of others demands or confines. He also shoots very nostalgically, preserving the moments that he wants to last, which over time form his pictorial narrative.

Sarah Jones layers forms, materials, colors and light to create new spaces for an audience to enter. By making these installations, she draws inspiration from music videos and blipster culture, though the content of her work is not solely dependent on these references. Some objects are fully recognizable, while others are ambiguous in order to allow viewers to make their own associations. Ultimately, she wants to create a space where people can easily immerse themselves in their imagination.

Kristin Pluhacek likes a strong subject, something that maintains its presence while allowing for elaboration and whimsy. Lately, Pluhacek has been making portraits of people she knows, and who may be recognizable in the Omaha arts community. There is a structure to these interactions; the person sits for her in increments of 20 minutes while she draws quickly in charcoal, often while carrying on a conversation. The resulting gestures are fluid and open – they are the life of the portrait. She then works alone, from photographs of the pose, adding color and refining the image. This process allows her to interact with friends and acquaintances more fully, employing the solitary language with which she is comfortable while still sharing an experience.

Earlier Event: August 10
Brigitte Waldach: Instinct-Black Box