Elder Gallery Exhibit "Real Made Real" Will Feature Casual Objects

Matthew Blanche's "Step It Up"
Josh Johnson's "Secondhand"
Jason Tanner Young's "Giant Wad of Ants Floating"

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s next Elder Gallery exhibit highlights the work of three multi-media artists whose work focuses on common objects.

The work of Matthew Blache, Josh Johnson, and Jason Tanner Young will be featured in “Real Made Real.” The artists use found objects, re-fabricated objects, or a synthesis of both to generate sculptural narratives. Their work focuses on the interpretation of casual things: a penny, boat, windshield, sawhorse, book, snow shovel and more.

Real Made Real runs February 11 through March 7 with a closing reception planned for Friday, March 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. An artist talk begins at 6 p.m.

Matthew Blache of New Orleans, La., earned his bachelor of fine art degree from Louisiana Technical University and his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Johnson, of Lincoln, earned his bachelor of fine art degree from the University of North Dakota and his master’s from UNL. He is an on-call exhibition technician at the Sheldon Museum of Art and teaches part-time at Nebraska Wesleyan and UNL.

Young received his bachelor of fine art degree from the University of Texas and a master’s degree from UNL. He is now a member of the sculpture faculty at Ohio University where he also serves as the sculpture/wood shop technician.

All three artists maintain studios and exhibit nationally.

Elder Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. The gallery is located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, located at 51st Street and Huntington Ave. It is free and open to the public.