Current Exhibition

Risk and Repair
Amanda Smith | Aaron Badham

Monday, July 27 to September 4, 2015
Reception: Thursday, August 20 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Risk and Repair unites polarities in the sculptures, collages, paintings, and prints of two Nebraska-based artists, Amanda Smith and Aaron Badham. Risk, the exposure to loss, harm, or potential danger takes on an interesting meaning when thinking about the process of creating artworks. What does it mean to take risks as an artist? How do you know when to repair and renew? In terms of process, both Smith and Badham address abandoning traditional handling of materials to meld, inflate, mix, ooze, and paste—often reversing and recycling materials and forms.

Amanda Smith has recently returned to Nebraska from an artist residency in Reykholt, Iceland. She was researching the relationships between volcanic geologic formations and paint—both viscous, muddy, and dense. Aaron Badham manually investigates mechanics using inflated steel fabrications forming them into abstractions of toy-like tools. He addresses the relationship between human and machine. His sculptures embody the uncertainties, risks, and responsibilities associated with “power-driven environments.”

Amanda Smith is a painter living in Lincoln, Nebraska. She earned her MFA from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and her BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally including Temple University in Rome, Italy. She was awarded residencies at Art 342 in Colorado, at The KHN Center for the Arts, and most recently, Fljostunga Artistic Residency in Iceland. Smith is currently Visiting Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Doane College in Nebraska.

Aaron Badham is a sculptor living in Hastings, Nebraska. He received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He has exhibited in the United States and Canada and was selected as one of sixteen emerging artists to exhibit at the Artist Project: Toronto. In 2014, he was presented with the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 3rd Corso in Nebraska City and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public. For more information, call 402-874-9600.

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