Home Sweet Home by Katie B Temple opens Friday, June 1, at the little gallery, 5901 Maple Street in downtown Benson. The opening reception is set for 6:00 to 9:00pm in conjunction with the June edition of Benson First Friday. Below is a Q&A with the artist.
When did you know you were going to be an artist?
I became serious about being an artist my junior year of undergrad. I switched from majoring in art education to studio art. I was accepted into graduate school when I was 21 (senior year of my undergrad) and that really made everything EXTRA serious.
Describe your process.
I often scour websites to find houses that are for sale, for rent or foreclosed and then go take reference photos of them from specific perspectives. Once the reference imagery has been taken, I begin constructing and layering multiple buildings on top of each other in a single painting. I usually do not have an idea of what the painting will look like at the end, so I use my intuition as an artist to make visual decisions based on the character of the buildings being used. I am inspired by the color(s) of the house(s) that I am painting, and that helps me with color scheme decisions. The structural play of dense, transparent and opaque color blocking in the paintings present a whirlwind of visual incident.
Where do you find inspiration?
As a visual artist, I am constantly observing the world around me. In my current series of architectural paintings, I am inspired by ‘empty’ homes located in Omaha, Nebraska. ‘Empty’ makes reference to homes that are not currently occupied. They may be between renters, on the market to sell, foreclosed by the bank or just abandoned. I began this body of work when a house across the street from my studio suddenly went from occupied to foreclosed. What was once an energetic, busy home is now a boarded-up, sterile structure. It made me reflect on the 15 different buildings I have called ‘home’ throughout my life and how they each were a vessel that held me.
Name the 3 most important things in your studio space.
1. Lively music!
2. High-quality brushes!
3. Good lighting!
What do you want others to know about you/your work?
I have my Master’s of Fine Arts degree and work full time with the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program at Joslyn Art Museum as the studio coordinator. Being a part of Omaha’s nonprofit arts community is important to who I am as a creative individual. I truly enjoy creating an open space for Omaha youth to be their authentic selves and be creative in a variety of mediums.
Home Sweet Home runs through June 30 at the little gallery. Hours of operation are:
3:00 to 6:00pm
10:00am to 1:00pm
+ by appointment
The little gallery will celebrate its third anniversary Friday, June 1, with cake, a pinata full of treasures and the opening of “Home Sweet Home” by Katie B. Temple. The reception, which is free and open to the public, runs from 6:00 to 9:00pm at 5901 Maple Street in downtown Benson.
Temple, an Omaha artist and educator, is the studio coordinator for the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program at Joslyn Art Museum. “Home Sweet Home” was inspired by homes in Omaha that aren’t currently occupied.
“They may be between renters, on the market to sell, foreclosed by the bank or just abandoned,” Temple said. “I began this body of work when a home across the street from my studio suddenly went from occupied to unoccupied. What was once an energetic, busy home was now a foreclosed, boarded-up, sterile structure. It made me reflect on the 15 different structures I have called ‘home’ throughout my life and how they each were a vessel that helped me.”
Temple earned her BFA from Bowling Green State University and her MFA from Montana State University. Her work has been featured in various national exhibitions. Locally, she has been included in the top 10 list of “Best Exhibitions of 2016 in Omaha” by The Reader and was a 2017 nominee for Best Visual Emerging Artist from the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards (OEAA). Temple also was nominated for two 2018 OEAA awards – one for Best Visual Emerging Artist and one for Best Presentation in a Non-Traditional Format.
For more information about Temple’s work, visit www.katiebtemple.com.
The little gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.