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Fred Simon Gallery

The Fred Simon Gallery presents the artwork of a select number of Nebraska artists each year. You are welcome to visit the gallery, which is located in the Nebraska Arts Council offices at the historic Burlington building at 1004 Farnam Street, Lower Level, in Omaha's popular Old Market District.

Gallery hours of operation are 8 – 5, Monday through Friday. For more information about the gallery, contact J.D. Hutton or call 402/595-2142.

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Michael Giron/Riccardo Marchio: July 14 - August 22, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, July 18, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

About Michael Giron
Michael Giron's exhibition at the Fred Simon Gallery, "On the Brighter Side of Post Apocalyptic Minimalism", demonstrates what the artist describes as "creative chaos". A critical artistic action in the origination of the work is to break and burn. This manner of art-making was integral in Michael's early career, and he has returned to it to produce this show. The pieces are constructed of masonite, luan substrate, and paper, selectively destroyed, then followed by a variety of mixed media applications.

"I have always liked the balance between the uncontrolled nature of the burn and the insertion of geometric order," says Giron, "These coexisting extremes seem to reflect the nature of our existence."

About Riccardo Marchio
Riccardo Marchio's collection of hand-built mandolins, violins, dulcimers and guitars on display reflect the talents of a sculptor and musician. Marchio, who has spent a lifetime pursuing his love of music, began manufacturing his own instruments in an effort to learn to fiddle. His explorations are boldly experimental in visual aesthetic and in the counter intuitive approach to instrument building. These structural experiments result, at times, in unusual colorations of tone and timbre. According to Marchio, it is the grappling and wrestling with these forms and sounds that keeps it interesting.

Many of the materials used in Marchio's work are up-cycled. "There is something very appealing about taking what was scrap and piecing it together to make something interesting, playable, and beautiful," he says.

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