APRIL 3 - 24
Russell uses text, video, audio, sculpture, and photography to explore issues of trust. She is interested in what we as a society have come to trust; what we believes deserves to be given our confidence and what we deem to be inherently untrustworthy. In her current work, pornography is used as a basis for this exploration. The artist holds that because pornography reveals its intention up front, she can trust pornography more than other forms of film (e.g. romantic comedies). Because pornography does not attempt to pretend to be realistic or a truth, Russell is able to juxtapose personal and romantic symbols with the pornographic images creating an interesting and unexpected visual relationship. She folds the sincere into the manufactured – fusing her imagery with audio and video appropriated from pornography giving each piece of art a unique duality.
For more information on Hillary and her work, visit hillaryerinrussell.com
MARCH 6 - 27
McAfee is known for his colorful, gestural portraits of cultural icons including everyone from Indianapolis legend Kurt Vonnegut to rap icon Biggie Smalls. His interest in the development of portraiture through the centuries drives his desire to examine this topic further.
His current work explores a new interest relating to cultural icons, but it is one of mass production and mass appeal. All of the subjects for this show are taken from clothing giant American Apparel's ads and models – they are sexy and seductive, young, playful, and oftentimes ridiculous. American Apparel models are not your typical strong men with bulging muscles and brooding eyes or women that fit a specific supermodel vision. Rather, they are disheveled and
McAfee examines this shift in cultural norms that present themselves in portraiture – whether they are from an official royal portrait from the Renaissance or a 21st century anti-heroic jeans ad. As a student of historic portraits, the artist wishes to consider what defines contemporary perceptions of masculinity and femininity today versus what it looked like in centuries past.
NEW!!! Explore Jonathan's process with in studio interviews and videos at our new Indy Arts Studio Series.
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For the third year in a row, Gallery 924 presents hundreds of TINY artworks from central Indiana artists for our big holiday show, TINY III. This is your annual opportunity to start small with a new art collection or help others start collecting with a truly unique holiday gift. This year's show includes more than 300 unique pieces of original art from 89 central Indiana artists.
Holiday Hours: The gallery is open through noon on Tuesday, December 23 and will reopen after the holidays on Monday, January 5. The gallery will be closed for the January IDADA First Friday Art Tour.
If you purchased artwork from TINY III as holiday gifts, patrons may pick up the artwork at the Gallery on Thurday or Friday, December 18 or 19 or Monday, December 22 from 8:30am - 5pm each day.
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TINY III features 89 central Indiana artists with over 300 pieces of original art, and includes all media, all styles, all 6" x 6" x 6" or smaller.
(images: Above, Barbara Stahl, right, Courtland Blade)
Anila Quayyum Agha
Hector Del Campo
D. DelReverda Jennings
Dorothy Stites Alig
Vicky Shaffer White
"The Fish: Me! Remember, the Fish? Came home in a baggy, loved me for two weeks, and then *nothing*!" - Dr. Seuss
Helsley is known for his fun, whimsical, graphic characters who often float in the air or cling to a window. The artist uses recycled vinyl from billboards and other found objects to create these often larger-than-life figures. With this installation, Helsley hopes to create an environment where the audience is both viewing and being viewed, turning the floor to ceiling windows of Gallery 924 into a "fish bowl." Making use of the extensive amount of window space at the gallery, the viewer is obligated to observe the installation from both inside and outside. In essence, creating an interactive visual where patrons move in and out of the installation and become a part of the "fish bowl" experience. The installation will trnasform the gallery space into a spectacle, a kind of living, fluid memory.
The show opens during the IDADA First Friday Art Tour on Friday, November 7 and hangs through November 26.
The gallery will be closed November 27 and 28.
The two-person exhibition Human/Nature reflects the often personal yet universal observations of the artists, manifested through their ceramic works, sculptures and altered objects. Themes include the human personality, animal instinct, whimsy, change, personal growth, and the fragile beauty of now. Both artists are strongly influenced by forms found in nature and by nature as a metaphor. The two-person show is a celebration of the human condition and how we understand our lives.
Hear the artists talk about their process and the artwork in this show. Download the FREE mobile gallery tour app Piggyback for iPhone or Adroid.
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