oscillating bodies opens feb. 3
Join the little gallery Friday, Feb. 3, for the opening reception of Oscillating Bodies, a Torrey Smith + Nadia Shinkunas collaboration, from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
The show is an expression of their attempt to engage unique and overlapping components of the left and right brains: one explores shadows, optical illusions and the unpredictable with latex paint on wood panels; the other examines the juxtaposition between the internal and the external through the collaging of words, paper and various styles of fiber art.
The pair’s work contains elements of contrast: sharp versus soft edges, the geometric and linear versus free moving and changeable, bright colors versus greyscale, pendulum motions versus spinning elements. And while each body of work may seem to engage one side of the brain more than the other, both aim to reflect two sides of the same coin.
Processes, materials and tools may differ, but revision, rearrangement and ever shifting intent embody the pair’s respective intents.
Smith was born and raised in Denver, CO. She made her way to the Pacific Northwest, attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, where she earned her B.A. in English and history in 2014 and her M.A. in critical theory and creative research from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, in 2015. Smith is now a writer and artist based in Omaha, NE. She primarily writes poetry and critiques and works in fiber art and collage.
Smith’s pieces in this show were initially inspired by Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, written and published in various forms and publications between 1882 and 1906. “Many of his tongue-in-cheek definitions feel very pertinent to our current political climate,” Smith said. “I wrote catalog issue 2: dead poet’s anxiety by selecting 250 or so of the words found in his dictionary and incorporating them all into one extended poem.”
Shinkunas was born in San Bernardino, CA. She “bounced around the universe for a bit and decided to come to Omaha in 2005.” After studying a variety of trades and subjects, she finally quit denying what she always wanted to do. She began studying art at Metropolitan Community College and finished her bachelor’s degree in sculpture with a minor in art history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2014.
Shinkunas is currently exploring 2D optical illusions and visual devices that she finds through trial and error in an attempt to mesh the complexity of 3D and the simplicity of 2D. She is inspired by shadows and negative space, the overlooked, “things that we perceive as nothing or not really there.”
The show runs through Feb. 28.