Re•Purpose exhibition at KANEKO in Omaha, Nebraska
Jamie Burmeister’s contribution to KANEKO’s 2019 exhibition “Re•Purpose”
80”W 36”H 2”D
chalk line, chalk and bronze figures on wood panel
“Monuments” is an ongoing sculpture project that seeks to tell the stories of ordinary people through large-scale sculptural portraits. If given a chance, everyone has an interesting story to tell. These public sculptures have the potential to create interest in common people that may foster an understanding of people.
“Irene” is one of these monuments constructed for the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque, Iowa. “Irene” is one of the many migrants to Dubuque from the Marshall Islands. Irene and the other Marshallese migrants to Dubuque have overcome many obstacles to create a new life in Iowa. This 12-foot tall steel portrait combines the form of Irene’s head with a house.
bronze figures and paint on wood panel
50”H 48”W 2”D
wood and bronze figures
“COLLABORATION” was created for the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Community Engagement Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The small bronze figures building the wood letters are portraits of the people who come together in the Community Engagement Center to build a stronger Omaha.
South Omaha Sound Field is an interactive public art piece commissioned by the City of Omaha and Metropolitan Community College for the new South Omaha Library. The sculpture was inspired by the diverse immigrant heritages, old and new, that make-up South Omaha. When viewers interact with sensors on each of the seven pieces, the sculpture plays music. The songs played by the piece changes depending upon how the viewers interact with it.
Carved wood, tree and forest.
“Stairs” was created by Jamie Burmeister while participating in the Serenbe Artist in Residence in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The tiny staircase leads from the forest floor to a wood pecker hole high in a decaying tree.
Artists: Jamie Burmeister, Heidi Beckwith, Brandon Cain, Richard Feierman, Kia Gray, Shelia D. MacIorowski, and Kaycee Wise
Medium: Lampshades and computer controlled LED lights
“Metropolitan Community College delivers relevant, student-centered education to a diverse community of learners.” The intent of Illumination is to represent MCC’s mission while responding to the site of the installation. This piece gives the MCC Express a dynamic visual presence that responds to the daylight that comes through the windows during the day and emits light through the windows when the sun goes down. Light is one of the most universal and fundamental symbols. Light is knowledge, illumination, intelligence, goodness, transcendence, purity, optimism, and morality. One of the greatest things about Metropolitan Community College is the diversity of students. Tremendous opportunities for education and understanding happen when people of different races, ages, backgrounds, and cultures come together to learn at MCC. The varied lampshades will be chosen to represent the diverse group of people that make up Metropolitan Community College’s faculty, staff, and students.
bronze figures, mouse trap and one US dollar
4”H 7”W 2”D
I always find myself falling for the money trap.
dyed wood and ceramic figures
“Help Wanted” was apart of the 2013 exhibition Jamie Burmeister and Company at Modern Arts Midtown in Omaha, Nebraska. Inspired by the gallery windows that face Omaha’s busiest street Dodge Street and the economic downturn I decided to call the vermin in to work.