Sophie Dvořák + Matthew Sontheimer

April 13 – June 30, 2018


DIALOGICAL, opening Friday, April 13 6-9pm, will feature work by Sophie Dvořák (Vienna, Austria) and Matthew Sontheimer (Lincoln, NE) and will be on view through June 30, 2018. Both artists use language and map imagery to create a conceptual analysis of how images and language from the media work together to convey information. Sontheimer’s text-based work focuses on his internal dialogue whereas Dvořák looks externally to cartography to create an abstracted, reduced language.  The first Flatlanders print publication, a companion book DIALOGICAL will be available at the opening and online.


Sophie Dvořák

Vienna-based Sophie Dvořák uses map imagery from newspapers and magazines as a starting point and from these she creates a conceptual analysis of how picture and language convey information from the media.  She employs an abstracted, reduced and decontextualized language of form in her cartographic images. She operates between revealing and hiding political power structures, their technical means for representation, and the opposing appropriations of didactic models.  

Art theorist Christing Buci-Glucksmann sees the map as a landscape of territory:

“Seeing the world from above, from a distant, Icarian viewpoint - that is both the reality and the fantasy of every "cartographic eye". For the map is a familair and ideal abstract: a surface of projection and signs, where the infinitely large is transferred to a plane, with its multiple connections and interconnections. Thanks to all its journeys and utopias, it is the artefact par excellence of all voyages and trips. Landscapes based on landscapes, artificial landscapes are pictures and fragments taken from the surface of the world.”

Dvořák received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria.  She has exhibited internationally and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards throughout Europe including Biennale Internationale de Ge Gravure Contemporaine, MUSA, UbikSpace, Galerie Hartmann, Atelje Stundars, Essl Museum, mo.e contemporary, CIAT, Museum of Fine Arts Liege, LISTE09. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Budapest History Museum and the City of Vienna.


Matthew Sontheimer

Lincoln-based artist Matthew Sontheimer creates humorous, labor intensive labyrinths of texts and images revealing his inner dialogue, sometimes redacting his own thoughts. One has a sense that Sontheimer is working through fixations, reoccurring thoughts and an examination of how things interrelate.

Originally from New Orleans, Matthew Sontheimer received a BFA from Austin State University and an MFA from Montana State University, Bozeman. He has had solo gallery exhibitions in New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, and New York, and exhibited in group shows at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, and the Joslyn Art Museum, in Omaha. His work is represented by the Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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