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How do visual images work in an aural space? LIke this. Each episode adds to the gallery of the airwaves and connects listeners to the Sioux City Art Center's permanent collection.

French Fries

14 hours ago
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"One of the things that a sculpture like Sioux City let's us do, because it doesn't represent anything in particular, is that it opens up our imagination to everything," says Behrens.

Sioux City is part of the Sioux City Art Center's permanent collection and can be seen now in the Permanent Collection on View Exhibition.


Dec 20, 2018
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"…We're standing in the atrium looking at this, and at a different part of this same space we have a later sculpture that Ann made called Condemarr… [Condemarr] is much more representative of a horse, where as Don Quixote is more of a universal experience of riding with purpose and yet there is a lot of chaos going on… it takes a lot looking to get everything into your brain, but its well worth the attempt," says Behrens.


Dec 13, 2018
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"You are going to be working within traditions, if you choose to be an artist," says Behrens. "… And it's up to you to find those traditions and understand how they may be relevant to you… [Bowitz] also understands the limitations of that, and that's why cutting to fit into his tree of knowledge is so important."

An Amalgam of Curves

Dec 11, 2018
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"So, this is a lithograph from 1950, but quite honestly it could have been one of the lithographs he would've produced during the 1930s," says Behrens as he talks about the consistency of Benton's style. "It has that same feel, that same commitment to elevating the lives and the struggles of the poor people and the working people."

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"Gate is a really good example of how Terri works. What she's able to see beyond a predictable, mundane subject… the beauty in the colors that are possible through that scene and that's something that is really important in Gate," says Behrens as he takes us deep into Gate.

Looking At Mystery

Nov 21, 2018
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"A relief etching is something that virtually nobody does. What [Phillip Chen] has done is effectively remove the ink to give us the image," says Behrens. "So you're looking at… the paper coming through from beneath this layer of ink."

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"In the back of our minds we're thinking, this is something that was created out of two things that neither of which had any special meaning for the artist and a complete mystery for us,"  says Behrens. "[Alex Brown] taking on something so digital and so conceptual, but coming out with a really beautiful end product."

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Jerry Uelsmann is a master of the darkroom who, before the creation of image editing software, saw the possibilities of combining photographic images from separate exposures into a single, seamless composition. Because of his deftness, when we look at his images from a context where digital editing is expected, we still feel a sense of awe and wonder.

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"The light that Paul makes us feel... gives us that sense that [Martin Luther King, Jr.] is both coming forward and going back at the same time," says Behrens. "What he creates is something so unexpected." As you look deeply into this familiar image, you find that what you see is more illusive and that there are shapes and ideas within that don't conform to one's understanding. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. is on display in the Sioux City Art Center's Permanent Collection On View exhibition. 

Produced by Jorge Quezada

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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.