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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts: Garry Noland: The Unorganized Territory
Matt Jacobs: I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying
- 22 Feb 2013 to 4 May 2013

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22 Feb 2013 to 4 May 2013

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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Garry Noland
The Unorganized Territory
February 22 - May 04, 2013


Artists in this exhibition: Garry Noland, Matt Jacobs


Garry Noland: The Unorganized Territory | Gallery 1

February 22 - May 04, 2013
Exhibition Opening: Friday, February 22 | 6 - 9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 23 | 12 noon

The Bemis Center is proud to present an exhibition of recent works by Garry Noland. Noland received one of three juror’s awards at the 2012 Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition. For this major solo show, Noland is showing large-scale works produced solely of duct tape — tapestry-like forms that combine the desaturated hues of the colored tape with adhered detritus from his studio floor. Noland brings together the heritage of quilting, midwestern material ingenuity and restless studio experimentation in works that are both grandly ad hoc and humble-spirited.

For this show, Noland’s recent works — both outsized and small-scale paintings — are presented alongside a series of small, flirtatious interactions, comprised of duct tape and marbles, with the gallery’s wood columns. Noland’s visual vocabulary careens across a riotous set of references — spanning Modernist painting, psychedelic patterns, 80s pop culture, contemporary design, Gee’s Bend, Coogi Sweaters and glitch aesthetics — and produces works that are raggedly crafted through homespun rigor and pulse with life.

Noland’s uninhibited making intertwines with a blue-collar approach to thinking through the work and relating to artist-colleagues. Noland has often traded works with other artists, and engages in a continual dialogue with multiple generations of artists in Kansas City and the region — both his works and the dialogue are forms of engagement that cultivate a camaraderie amongst artists. In this sense, his works align with the history of gift economies and serve to authentically build community.

The Unorganized Territory is curated by Hesse McGraw

About the artist
Born in Rapid City, South Dakota and raised in Independence, Missouri, Garry Noland works in Kansas City. He attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and graduated in 1978. Noland’s recent body of work includes paintings made exclusively from different kinds of tapes and contact papers as well as ramp-shaped sculptures made of tape-wrapped National Geographic Magazines. Noland is in his third year of residency at The Studios, Inc, a warehouse building converted into generous studio spaces awarded to mid-career artists. Recent exhibitions have included the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. His work is included in New American Paintings #101 and he will be represented in PatternBase, a survey of surface designers and textile artists published later this year.

Exhibitions Presenting Sponsor
Omaha Steaks

Sponsors
Justin V. Allen Design + Development, Brand Metal Works, Clark Creative Group, Davis Erection and Crane Rental & Rigging, Echo Systems, Education Power | Robert Webber, Larry Gawel Photography, Chris Headley / OmahaComputerHelp.com, Min | Day, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Rybin Plumbing & Heating, Laura and Gregory Schnackel, Sherwin Williams, Mike Sinclair, Upstream Brewing Company, Visions Custom Framing, Warren Distribution


Matt Jacobs: I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying | Gallery 4

February 22 - March 30, 2013
Exhibition Opening: Friday, February 22 | 6 - 9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 23 | 12 noon

Matt Jacobs, a participant in the 2012 Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition, is presenting a solo exhibition of new sculptures, installations and paintings. Jacobs brings together commonplace materials — inflatable toys, cinder blocks, bubble wrap — to create unexpected works that bridge intuitive play with found materials and formal concerns of painting and sculpture.

Jacobs often works with toys, or materials associated with play, and quite literally plays with the material to arrive at works that reverberate between formal invention and material chicanery. Jacobs seems at ease both with the tropes of minimalism and expressionist painting, and finds a middle ground that offers an open field for sculptures and paintings to question their own orientation. Together, his works build a conversation that may be equal parts rousing chorus, melodrama and shrill skepticism. I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying is a kind of visual playground where vibrancy is a real quality that provides a litmus test for the buoyancy of our imagination.

I'm Not Saying, I'm Just Saying is curated by Hesse McGraw.

About the artist
Matt Jacobs was born in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a BFA in Sculpture and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2011 he worked at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and was awarded an artist residency at The Skaftfell Center for Visual Arts in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. Jacobs’ flexible practice, which includes sculpture, painting, drawing and installation, is centered on exploring the aesthetics of misuse, play and humor. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Seydisfjordur, Marfa, Santa Monica, New York City and
throughout Kansas City. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Grimm Schultz Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and The University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to maintaining a studio practice, Jacobs also pursues critical activities such as writing and curating. His writing has appeared in publications such as Art Tattler, Temporary Art Review and the Charlotte Street Foundation.

Exhibitions Presenting Sponsor
Omaha Steaks

Sponsors
Justin V. Allen Design + Development, Brand Metal Works, Clark Creative Group, Davis Erection and Crane Rental & Rigging, Echo Systems, Education Power | Robert Webber, Larry Gawel Photography, Chris Headley / OmahaComputerHelp.com, Min | Day, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Rybin Plumbing & Heating, Laura and Gregory Schnackel, Sherwin Williams, Mike Sinclair, Upstream Brewing Company, Visions Custom Framing, Warren Distribution

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