Current Exhibition

Upset the Applecart
Art beyond carefully laid plans

Launa Bacon, Charley Friedman, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez,
Pat Nelsen, Steve Snell

Curated by Elizabeth Stehling

Gallery Reception September 19th, 2 to 5 p.m.
Select artists will in the AppleJack Parade on September 19th beginning at 1 pm
On view September 14 through October 30, 2015

The idiom, to upset the applecart is said to have begun when the farmers in the late 1800s would cart fresh apples from the orchards, neatly stacked, to sell at a local market. When someone unaware of the delicate arrangement, knocks over the cart, and spoils the plan. Upset the Applecart corresponds with Nebraska City’s annual AppleJack Festival that celebrates local apple harvests with all-weekend festivities. Five Nebraska artists have been invited to examine the familiar, upset the applecart and present artworks that look beyond carefully laid plans. Often, best laid plans can go awry—which may often be the blossom leading to the the fruit of creativity.

The exhibit will be on view September 14 through October 30 with a special reception featuring performances and artists in the annual Apple Jack Parade beginning at 1 p.m. on Central Avenue in Nebraska City. Come early to reserve your spot for the parade. The gallery reception will follow the parade from 2 to 5 p.m. at the KHN Center.

Biographies of artists in the exhibit:
Launa Bacon lives and works in Lincoln, Nebraska. She creates artwork that explores the strange phenomena of entangled memories and the moulding of psychological individual behavior through the influence of various cultures, mass media and social structures. Her work is not bound to any particular medium, traditional display or expression but driven by content and intent. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College at the University of London and exhibits nationally and internationally. Bacon is the Board Chair of Darger HQ, an online initiative representing national and international artists. She is also Artists Services Manager for the Nebraska Arts Council.

Charley Friedman is a Pollock-Krasner grant recipient, two-time Rema Hort nominee, and Smack Mellon “Hot Picks” artist. Friedman has exhibited and performed at numerous galleries and institutions including PS1/MoMA, The Queens Museum, Gallery Diet, The Fabric Workshop, Volta NYC, Pulse Miami, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Jack Tilton Gallery and Lehman College. Selected publications include: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, Art Info, GQ Italia, Salon, Art Info, El Nuevo Herald, Friedman is in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Stanford University, Sheldon Museum of Art, Karen and Robert Duncan, Gordman Collection and Goldman Collection, to name a few. In the fall of 2014, his work appeared on Louis CK’s television show “Louie”. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University (96) in addition to The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (95).

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez's large scale drawings alude to Minimalism and the Pattern and Decoration Movement but explicitly explore the experience of identity, memory and gender. Friedemann has been awarded a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship; a Pufffin Foundation grant; a Pollock Krasner grant; a National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant. Recent individual exhibitions include: Neues Kunstforum, Cologne, Germany; Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami; Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York; Frost Museum, Miami; Galeria Diners, Bogotá; Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Panamá, and many more. Friedemann has been a member of the Artist Pension Trust, Mexico City since 2009. She has a masters degree from New York University; a BFA from Otis Art Institute and undergraduate studies from La Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Along with Charley Friedman, she founded: FIENDISH PLOTS an artist run exhibition space in Lincoln, Nebraska and Brooklyn, New York.

Patricia Nelsen lives and works in Ayr, Nebraska and creates realistic paintings about food and desire. She returned to higher education as an adult to take visual art courses at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska and received her Bachelor’s degree in 2015. Nelsen’s work is included in the current 2015 Nebraska National Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition at the University of Nebraska Lincoln Eisentrager-Howard Gallery. Outside of art, Pat enjoys spending time with her step-children and grandchildren, and farming with her husband Eldon south of Hastings, Nebraska.

Steve Snell Steve Snell grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio where he watched a ton of great television and often rode his bike to Taco Bell. He is known for his ‘adventure art’ projects where he uses exciting and remarkable experiences as the basis for art. He graduated from Miami University in 2006 with a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.S. in Art Education. In 2011, Steve received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was a recipient of the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Hub-Bub, the Wassaic Project, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Steve is currently an Assistant Professor of Foundations at the Kansas City Art Institute and also spends weekends in Nebraska City working on his next adventure. His work has been shown in galleries and film festivals throughout the United States.

Image- Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, El Damnificado, 2014, enamel and car paint on dibond, 4’ x 6’

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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