CAST A SHADOW
Join Hoover Studios for an evening of art and community Friday, February 21st from 6pm – 9pm.
The Mastercraft Building
1111 N. 13th St. #120
Omaha, NE 68102
Artist Maggie Weber, a Fine Art major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and alum of the Kent Bellows Studio has created a collection of paintings that are at once subtle and brilliantly explicit. The reflective, ethereal quality of the artwork invites the viewer to question the content and explore the rich, shadowy layers.
“Cast a Shadow” was inspired by a group of photos from my personal and intimate experiences while living in a house with many other artists. I found myself inspired regularly by these individuals, and there seemed to be a color palette associated with that particular atmosphere. Every piece is heavily based on a photo or layers of transparent photos to create interesting compositions.
Rather than visualizing a single moment in time, I attempt to capture a series of gestures made by a figure or the intensity of lighting fixtures. I explore and exploit the combined realities and limitations of painting techniques combined with photographic images. Although I work from blurry and sometimes unrecognizable photographs, I feel that I add a certain sharpness to each work. The chiaroscuro lighting of dingy, subterranean atmosphere found in the basement where I live inspires me to create transparent, diluted, and surreal figures that are captured within the shadows of dim lit photography.