The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts presents: Jardin Urbanique – works by Gerard Pefung.
The exhibition will run through Oct. 26.
A Gallery Talk will be held on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. in conjunction with KHN’s monthly Third Thursday Artist Talks from 5 to 7 p.m.
During AppleJack, special gallery hours will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
Gerard Pefung is an Omaha-based artist who works primarily with spray-paint, mixed media, and found and repurposed objects.
Having studied painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Pefung draws inspiration upon the repetitive shapes and forms of the urban landscape.
His work is often large in scale and elephant-themed. Pefung uses painting as a way to connect, showcase, educate, and explore ideas with others.
His current work examines consumerism and its impact on the local ecosystem and wildlife.
“In late December 2017, I took a trip back home to Cameroon [West Africa],” said Pefung.
“While there, I noticed a lot of plastic waste laying everywhere.
“The waste system in Cameroon is not as organized as it is here in the States. There were piles of trash, as tall as me, lining the streets,” he said.
“I saw families taking out their trash and adding it to those piles,” said Pefung. “The majority of the trash was plastic.”
These images stuck with me when I came back to Omaha and I became more conscious of the waste I produce,” he said.
“I started thinking about how much waste we produce collectively and the impact it has on our environment. A naturally curious person, I set out to learn more about where our discarded plastic goes both at a local and national level.”
Jardin Urbanique showcases several of Pefung’s large-scale and elephant-themed works along with a sculptural installation made from repurposed plastic and refuse.
The vibrant show is an exploration meant to ignite conversation and spur new habits.
Since 2001, KHN’s residency program has hosted more than 50 working artists each year–a combination of visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.
KHN’s gallery program hosts approximately six exhibitions annually, focusing on regional artists and alumni residents.
KHN is a program of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is located at 801 Third Corso and is regularly open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and by appointment.
Both the exhibit and the gallery talk are free, handicapped accessible, and open to the public.