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Event Series Event Series: Reverberations


March 1 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Paolo Arao makes sewn paintings, weavings, and site-responsive installations that are rooted in geometric abstraction. This exhibition will showcase Arao’s work over the past five years including work he began while a resident at Bemis Center in the spring of 2020 as well as site-specific installations utilizing the architecture of Bemis Center’s galleries.

Through the use of textiles, Arao’s work weaves together a lineage of abstraction that both explore the elastic concept of queerness and reflects his Filipino-American heritage. By centering on a cross-cultural and queer perspective, the work reconnects patterns and color in textiles from the Philippines and the influence of hard-edge painting, Op-Art, and the Pattern and Decoration movement. Arao has said, “Working with textiles feels like an appropriate material to help soften the geometry and ‘straight’ system of the grid that I’ve been working with throughout the years. Color is vital to my work. I carry color within me. My relationship with color is not passive. It is political, it is personal, it is emotional, it is felt, and it is in my very being.”

Arao received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has shown his work in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally and has presented solo exhibitions at the Columbus Museum (Georgia), David B. Smith Gallery (Denver), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), and Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC).

The exhibition “Paolo Arao: Reverberations” is on display through April 14, 2024.


March 1
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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Omaha, Nebraska 68102
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