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