There is no commodity which so poignantly showcases the limitations of humanity like water. Water, which is so easily polluted by us, mutated by our industries and utilized to power our cities, only exists within a finite space, a fact we all too often forget. With water pollution making headlines around the world and most recently close to home with the recent controversy in Flint, Michigan, we are now beginning to see that water and our complete dependency on it is not something to be taken for granted.
For its 2016 spring exhibition, KANEKO has taken on the complex issue of water conservation. The show not only encompasses the beauty of water as a source of artistic inspiration such as Clare O’Neil’s collaborative project “Water's Edge,” which uses water photography to fuel written narratives, but also research based displays like the aquaponics installation by local non-profit Whispering Root. The educational aspect, combined with the visual manifestation of the issues allows for a truly engaging experience that will leave you wondering about the role water plays in your own life.
WATER achieves that perfect balance between informative and imaginative, which engages both young and old. Learn about efforts in the fight against global water poverty with displays by Planet Water, Solea and Conservation Fusion, as well as local conservation research by University of Nebraska Omaha students at Nebraska Watershed Network. Immerse yourself in the “Garden of Water,” a multimedia light display by Ran Hwang and keep an eye out for ceramic artist, Iggy Sumnik’s, starfish cameras. Witness the two year project “Flow” by Suzan Shutan, an artistic expression of manmade pollutants within groundwater and our own, moving, pivot irrigation model by Matthew Dehaemers.
With its stunning visuals, cutting edge research and innovative format, WATER proves not only to be the perfect exhibit for water issues we face today, but for future issues as well. WATER’s message of conservation, engagement and awe of our amazing planet is one that will stick with patrons long after they have jumped in and come back up to the surface.
KANEKO was founded by artists Jun and Ree Kaneko in 1998. It has been operating as a gallery in Omaha since 2008 and has showcased some of the most diverse gallery exhibits in the midwest. From kimonos to bike tires, Holocaust memorials to Minecraft, every show has its own charm, energy and message.