September 4 - 25, 2015
Ray is well-known for his whimsical characters painted in bold, sometimes garish colors on everything from beer bottles to cardboard boxes and wood panels. In his new work, Ray has taken his recognizable characters and elevated them to another level through abstraction and a more subdued and neutral color palette. He has deconstructed the faces and reconstructed them into forms and shapes that have a decidedly more refined feel. He describes Shapeshifting as his new process of simplifying and abstracting his quintessential characters to the point of pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern where none actually exists. Through this new work, he hopes to explore this transformation by which his familiar characters take on new life.
Learn more about William Denton Ray in Gallery 924's Studio Series.
August 7 - 28, 2015
A Chicago native, Neal moved to Indianapolis in 1994 and has been painting the city ever since. His work relates to the iconic cityscapes of the early 20th century, showing the bright lights of downtown glistening with newness and alive with energy as cars hiss by pedestrians walking this way and that. His work often uses multiple vantage points to create an almost collage-like scene. You may see neighborhoods and landmarks that are not necessarily geographically connected, but work together to build the vibrancy of the heart of the city in each piece. It could be said that his subject matter is the personification of the city itself. Neal's work can be seen in many annual shows and exhibitions and is included in the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum.
June 5 - July 10, 2015
In June, Gallery 924 presents a group exhibition focusing on an exploration of water. In our own country, fear of water scarcity is growing, but have we changed the way we view water? As a culture, how do we think of water? How do artists use water in their work? And will those perceptions change in the next two decades? Join us this summer as we explore water through the painting, photography, sculpture, multimedia, clay, and wool interpretations of 23 central Indiana artists.
“The idea for this show came from a digital photograph on aluminum that William A. Rasdell presented for our annual February Art & Soul exhibition in the Indianapolis Artsgarden. The bold image shows a man walking across a river holding multiple travel cases as if he is traveling a long distance through water, across the desert, and beyond. This image inspired The Water Show. The idea of water playing a critical role in the lives of human beings, no matter what time period seemed worthy of exploration,” said Shannon Linker, Vice President of the Arts Council and Director of Gallery 924.
A once abundant element, water may soon become more of a luxury item in our lives as it has become in other parts of the world. According to the United Nations, by 2025 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be under stress conditions.
“With this show, we allowed the artists to steer the ship, if you will, and what we received were very subtle, contemplative reminders of the role of water in our lives,“ said Linker.
Did you miss the opening reception? See what you missed here!
Philip Campbell *
Luke Crawley & Quincy Owens *
Ben Johnson *
Kate Oberreich **
William A. Rasdell *
William Denton Ray
Gary Schmitt *
*Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellows
** Arts Council of Indianapolis Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow
MAY 1 - 30, 2015
Listen to Lois and fellow artist and former studio-mate, Phil O'Malley talk to Travis DiNicola on WFYI's Art of the Matter broadcast.
Lois Main Templeton is an iconic figure in the Indianapolis visual arts community with decades of artwork, exhibitions, and collaborations in our city. Her expressive painting style which often incorporates text and gestural black lines has set her apart and made her one of the most revered and beloved contemporary painters of our era. Fortunately, Lois is also one of the most prolific painters as she works daily in either her downtown Indianapolis studio or in her Maine studio, as she shares time in both states. It is not unusual for her to work on five paintings at once and complete one per day.
Lois has artwork in the permanent collections of the Indiana State Museum and the Midwest Museum of American Art. Her work has twice been exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and she has published two books, The Studio Book: Fidning Your Way and the collaborative project Who Makes the Sun Rise?, a book for children.
Learn more by visiting loismaintempleton.com
APRIL 3 - 24, 2015
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
*Please note that the audio and video excerpts for this show contain adult situations.