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Jennifer Omaitz


Opening Night Friday June 19, from 6-11pm
1st Friday Reception July 3, from 6-10pm
Show will run from June 19 - July 10, 2015

HINTERLAND is pleased to present a solo show by Cleveland based artist Jenniffer Omaitz. The opening night will be held on Friday June 19, 6-11p at HINTERLAND, 3254 Walnut St, Denver 80205, CO. For additional information please contact Sabin Aell 720.309.1764, or email

Our urban and geographic environment is in a constant state of transformation. Jenniffer Omaitz's work explores states of change between order and chaos that relate to this experience of environmental shift. Painting and installation art are modes of communicating the sensitivity to environmental factors; these practices provide Omaitz with a cadence and context through which to communicate utopian elegance, or dystopian plight. Installation explores this order/chaos in theory by invoking parts of abstraction, architecture, landscape, natural disaster, and a tactile response image making. Paintings are a meditation on movement, permutation, gesture, boundary, space and color.

Over the past six years theh artist have explored site-specific installation. The installations built encompass three-dimensional landscapes frozen in the midst of a chaotic event. This “event” is reminiscent of a landscape that has been caught in a fictitious disaster. By incorporating drawing and painting with objects and found materials, this ignites play between the structure of the gallery and the theatrics of the painterly gesture and their united associations. This sense of theater is a formal extension of the shadows cast by gallery lights, the configuration of the wall, ceiling, and the intrinsic architectural nature of the given space. Overall, Omaitz work explores space; both physical and psychological space. This refers to “Space” as it is applied to a two dimensional surface, or a three dimensional location.

Installation by Jenniffer Omaitz

Jenniffer Omaitz lives in Kent, OH and works in Kent and Cleveland. She holds an MFA in painting from Kent State University and a BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland; Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver; and Kent State University, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Her work was featured at the 2010 Biennial of the Americas in Denver. Omaitz is a part-time faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Kent State University, and the University of Akron. She is represented by 1point618 Gallery, Cleveland.


Nora Louise Rolf & Heidi Wiren Bartlett


Opening Night Friday July 16, from 6-11pm
1st Friday Reception August 7, from 6-10pm
Show will run from July 17 - August 7, 2015

Sometimes we build monuments to remember.

Sometimes those monuments are clubhouses.

Collaborators Nora Louise Rolf and Heidi Wiren Bartlett originally met while living and attending school in Nebraska. Since 2009 their paths have taken them slowly in opposing directions, Rolf West and Bartlett East. As they move across the US they are continuously faced with similar questions of identity and self when place and home are in flux. Without inherited land, Rolf and Bartlett create space for conversations about place through site-specific installations [clubhouses] mapping their relationship. In the spring of 2014 the artists built the first of their clubhouses at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE near the heart of where they called home for nearly ten years. The second installment of Find & Replace takes the artists to Kiowa and then Denver, CO to salvage materials from a century old homestead. Having no homes of their own, the artists will repurpose the materials and construct one at Hinterland.


Installation by Nora Louise Rolf & Heidi Wiren Bartlett Installation by Nora Louise Rolf & Heidi Wiren Bartlett

NORA LOUISE ROLF (b.1986) is an artist, designer, educator and inquisitive community member who is currently exploring examples of a deeper expressive authenticity within prehistory and contemporality, phenomena and the commonplace, and the affect of a simple gesture. Nora has exhibited work at Tugboat (Lincoln,NE), LUX Center for the Arts (Lincoln, NE), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE), RedLine (Denver, CO) and High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree, CA). Nora is living in Joshua Tree, California working for both the artists Andrea Zittel and Alma Allen.

HEIDI WIREN BARTLETT (b.1986) is a sculptor and performance artist from the Great Plains. She recently received an MFA in Intermedia & Sculpture from the University of Iowa. Her research is focused on the body, sexuality, animism, pagan ritual, and how we orient ourselves within hegemonic social and political landscapes. Her work has been exhibited at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE) and Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Elsewhere Collective (Greensboro, NC), La Cueva del Cadejo (Heredia, Costa Rica), Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brooklyn, NY), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), CSPS Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA) and The Englert Theatre (Iowa City, IA).