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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 2, 1999)
Eclectic artist focuses on
the ‘slightly disquieting’
■ Green cats and human
aquariums are represented
in New Yorker’s paintings
By Josh Krauter
Senior staff writer
You’ve done it before.
You drive down the same street
every day to get to work. You see the
same buildings, the same cars
parked in front of these buildings,
the same routine of gr^en lights
changing to red and back to green
Then, you notice something dif
Maybe it’s a small, family
restaurant tucked away in a corner
next to an alley, or a vacant lot
you’ve never noticed before, but it
leaves you with the same question.
Where did that come from, and
has it always been there?
Sandy Skoglund captures this
feeling in her installations and pho
“She’s interested in a view of
reality that is familiar, yet there is
something slightly disquieting or
askew,” said Janet Farber, curator of
the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha,
which is displaying a retrospective
of Skoglund’s work from 1973 to
“She wants to awaken people to
the environment around them.”
Skoglund creates her own instal
lations and uses them in her photog
raphy, which Farber says blurs the
lines between fact and fiction.
Two of Skoglund’s best known
photos, “Revenge of the Goldfish”
and “Radioactive Cats,” are includ
ed in the exhibition.
In “Goldfish,” an image of a
boy’s bedroom is converted into the
inside of an aquarium. “Cats”
depicts a couple of “acid-green” cat
figures strolling around a generic
living room, with the man and
woman inhabiting the room seem
ingly unaware of their presence.
Farber says “Radioactive Cats”
shows how “people are unaware of
the awe-inspiring nature that sur
Skoglund, a New York artist, cre
ates all of her installations specifi
cally to be photographed, said
She has even taken some of her
What: “Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under
Where: Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge St., Omaha
When: Sept. 4 - Oct. 31
The Skinny: Artist questions lines between
what’s real and what's not.
sculptures outdoors and pho
tographed the odd juxtapositions
She also paints and draws, and
the exhibition will include some of
this work. But the photographs and
sculptures make up the bulk of the
Farber said Skoglund is in a class
of her own, though her work com
plements other postmodern artists.
“She doesn’t speak so much to
other artistic influences in her work,
but there’s an interesting parallel
between her work and other post
modern photographers,” said
Farber. “There is a strong current of
realism in her work as well.”
“Sandy Skoglund: Reality
Under Siege” begins Sept. 4 and
runs through Oct. 31.
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Lincoln has a new restaurant that
marches to the beat of a different drum
mer. Well, a drum at least.
Bongo, Nebraska’s only Colombian
restaurant, brings tr ■' little' South
American saltiness to the Haymarket.
Located under the 0 Street viaduct,
near Fringe & Tassel, Bongo is situated
in a long brick-walled room with a high
lofted ceiling. Booths and tables fill the
space equally, while the white chairs
seem more fit for a suburban breakfast
nook than a South American eatery.
Pictures of the Andes mountains
and historic statues line the walls, and
Latin percussive music adds a groove to
the dining experience. A lull bar nestles
in the back comer of the restaurant, sur
rounded by festive colors. TVs are
mounted so every customer can have a
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the wait may be an intended part of the
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