Exhibition Curated by Alex Priest at Fred Simon Gallery

Exhibition Curated by Alex Priest at Fred Simon Gallery

Comedy for All, Tragedy for None
Sarah Jones, Norm Melichar, Dawn Smith
Curated by Alex Priest

Exhibition dates: September 2 – October 28, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, September 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Public hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fred Simon Gallery
Nebraska Arts Council
1004 Farnam Street, Plaza Level
Omaha, NE 68102

Dawn Smith
Celebrating Marriage (2014)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
86 x 42 inches

The Nebraska Arts Council will host an opening reception for Comedy for All, Tragedy for None on Friday, September 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Fred Simon Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Omaha curator Alex Priest, includes artwork from Omaha artists Sarah Jones, Norman Melichar and Dawn Smith and will be on display through October 28.

About the Exhibition:
“We shall stumble from episode to episode, imbuing each with the temporary delusion of importance only to discover five years later that we’ve forgotten what happened.”
–Jarett Kobek, BTW

“We're all bored, we're all so tired of everything”
–Taylor Swift, “New Romantics”

Exploring the obtuse nature of nothingness, Comedy for all, Tragedy for None hesitates to directly identify meaning or intent. Yet, in contemplating “why does anyone do anything?” and “is location enough content for context?” a reality of meaninglessness is ripe for the picking. Through this anticlimactic approach, masks of boredom and all-too-real fantasies of the Heartland are peeled back with wandering results.

Comedy for all, Tragedy for None is highly unregulated – proposing, if nothing matters, this exhibition included, then what’s the point?

About the Curator:
Alex Priest is a curator, spatial thinker and producer holding degrees in Landscape Architecture and Design Studies from Iowa State University. He works as the Curator and Exhibitions Manager at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. He also volunteers as the Managing Curator for the Omaha Public Library’s Michael Phipps Gallery and is an Arts Writer for The Reader and Flatlanders. His current research includes spatial anxiety and CrossFit.

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