First Friday at the LUX

Nov 2 2018 - 5:00pm

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About this event
LUX Center for the Arts presents “Ritual Gaze” by Skyler Simpson. Join us for an opening reception on First Friday, November 2nd from 5-8pm. ARTIST STATEMENT: "These figures exist on the edge of what is believable. They flit between familiarity and fantasy, their features and surroundings not quite rooted in the real world. Anomalous colors and awkward proportions nudge the scenes into an imagined space, suggesting the figures inhabit internal landscapes. I create these figures intuitively, often inventing body language, a color palette, and flora reflecting my emotional state while I paint. Influenced by Northern Renaissance painters and their ability to convey authentic expression through quirky exactness, many of my pieces investigate the psyche that exists behind subtle facial expressions. Delicate shifts in their features suggest feelings of curiosity, anxiety, contentment, or isolation. I glaze oil paint in a manner reminiscent of these artists, building layers to achieve convincing detail. I am interested in creating familiar yet uncomfortable and ambiguous scenes; by making intimate, small-scale pieces, I encourage the viewer to search for a narrative within the details. For me that narrative includes contemporary mythologies as they relate to women. Theses females are vulnerable, sexual, but not sexualized. In part, the work serves as a counterpoint to women marginalized and objectified throughout art’s history." BIO: Skyler Simpson's paintings and drawings are an exploration of personal identity and the dynamic of female relationships. In her work, Simpson delicately renders women amidst internal landscapes; the flora and fauna in her images reflect the mental state of the subjects. Her pieces suggest ambiguous narratives, revealing emotion through the color palette and subtle facial expressions. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1995, Simpson obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
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Lux Center for the Arts
2601 N 48th Street
Lincoln, NE 68504
United States
Phone: 4024668692