Todd Behrens

Curator of the Sioux City Art Center
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"The best way of approaching every experience that you have on a daily basis is with a freshness, with an openness, and to try to make sense of what is in front of you, rather than bringing all or your preconceptions to something," says Todd Behrens, curator at the Sioux City Art Center while looking at DELL (ray), a work by James Shrosbree, a painting that welcomes its viewers by first rejecting their past experiences.

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"[At the center of the painting] there seems to be this infinite space... at the same time, when you start to look at everything else on the canvas, those areas also reveal a different kind of a depth, because it's depth through multiple layers of things."  Ex-Voto by Susan Chrysler White demonstrates how a flat canvas can reveal the complexities of us and things much bigger than us. The painting is part of the Sioux City Art Center's Permanent Collection and can be seen now on display in the Permanent Collection On View exhibition. 

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In Julie Blackmon's Crystal Ball, the uncanny representation or reality reveals deep truths about parenthood. The Sioux City Art Center's Todd Behrens takes us into this photograph where expectations become a medium for building understanding.   

Join us every Wednesday morning as we explore the collection of the Sioux City Art Center.

Produced by Jorge Quezada

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It's a way to paint something as it really looks, but it's not what your conscious brain is really telling you it should look like, because there shouldn't be all these colors.

Todd Behrens, Curator at the Sioux City Art Center, begins our series exploring art with a still life that reveals an odd gap existing between what we think we see and what we really see.