The practice of using clay as a material to build functional and ritualistic objects is thousands of years old. By its very nature, clay is rooted in our beginnings and has evolved over the centuries to move beyond function and into the realm of fine art. In July, Gallery 924 brings together the best of central Indiana contemporary clay artists. The Clay Show features 15 artists and more than 30 pieces of art that range from sculpture, vessels, figurative work, painting and more.
OPENING IDADA FIRST FRIDAY
July 6 | 6 - 9 p.m.
Cooper’s work has a strong Midwestern sensibility, but his expression derives from a combination of science and art. His fascination with astronomy and physics is the basis for his new work. Seasons incorporates painting, drawing, photography and video to explore the visual expressions of nature’s annual phases.
OPENING IDADA FIRST FRIDAY
June 1 | 6 - 9 p.m.
Martin’s lifelong fascination with the beauty of decaying surfaces found on discarded, manmade objects like old cans, trucks and industrial debris is his inspiration for much of his new work. Not only do they reveal beauty in their textures, shapes and colors, they allow for allegorical references, implying alternate realities and alluding to human existence. Like a mirage, Martin distorts reality using oil, acrylic and canvas to provoke the viewer’s imagination.
Glass artist Chalos-McAleese's new work juxtaposes fragile, geometric glass forms with the strength and textures of stone and metal, with her combination of the two materials. These layers of these vastly differing textures are reminiscent of the striations seen in geologic cross sections. Her signature patterns in the cold-formed glass reflect the shapes and lines seen from a cross-continental flight over the Great Plains taken by the artist last year. The views of the crops and the irrigation lines cutting across the patchwork fields, plowed and planted, are the inspiration for this new body of work.
Shelter: A safe place, offering temporary protection from THE hardships in life.
Inger and Siskind are both Indianapolis-based figurative painters with strong connections to Indianapolis and histories that take them far beyond our Indiana borders. The new work in Seeking Shelters expresses what’s best about their past work and that which is exciting about what’s to come. Inger, a painter with a strong background in textiles combines fabric, found objects and mixed media with her expressive figurative painting in search of true sorrow, grace and fragility of the human heart. Siskind continues on her path of expressive and poignant portraits of real people. Often compared to Alice Neel in her visual approach to the character of her subjects, she has made an iconic artist’s haunt, the Dorman Street Saloon, the backdrop for her latest series of people watching explorations.