In partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, the Arts Council of Indianapolis manages the award-winning temporary exhibition program at Indianapolis International Airport. The Arts Council curates rotating installations in closed cases in the main terminal, commissions new work for the video screens above the main escalator/staircase, and operates a long-term loan program for large sculpture outdoors in the North Terminal Garden.
This winter, enjoy artwork by three local artists, each of whom work with vastly different materials: wood, paint, and fabric. All three are meticulous craftsmen, whose careful execution is integral to both the concept and enjoyment of their works.
The current exhibitions are on display until March 10, 2019:
Mixed media artist Bruce Armstrong starts a painting with an idea, then allows the color to take the work to a sometimes unforeseen but rewarding destination. As he layers the paint, he prefers to work without formula or restraint, which allows him to continuously investigate new and fresh directions in his work. Three of his large, bold paintings, entitled Abstraction Plus, and several smaller works can be seen in the Ticket Hall.
Herron professor emeritus Phil Tennant prefers to refer to his wooden chair sculptures as "thrones." While smaller and more delicate than those occupied by a ruler on a ceremonial occasion, Tennant's sculptures are meant to reflect the characteristics of the would-be user. Visual elements like plumb bobs, arrows, and pendulums represent centeredness, change, and conflict. Tennant's work can be seen in the Ticket Hall.
In his series Security Blankets, artist Phil Campbell created a set of uniquely designed art quilts that incorporate 21st century materials intended to protect us from the elements of our social climate. His quilts are simultaneously lovely to look at, and soft to touch, and insulate us both from the cold as well as from our modern fears like identity theft and financial instability. This exhibition is located in the Concourse B exhbition case.
VIDEO PROJECT: Charles Borowicz: Road Portraits
January 2 - June 30, 2019
Road Portraits muses on the nature of travel as simultaneously public and private. Borowicz is enamored with the way cars enclose their passengers in a private bubble, yet as we pass them on the road we get momentary glimpses into that private space which is in reality very public. According to the artist, It’s a very real moment when we get to see unguarded individuals performing as nobody except themselves. He says, “It’s a moment I only get to capture because of the bubble of privacy we all feel in our cars.”
“I enjoy seeing people being as active in the car as that space allows,” says Borowicz. “They are enacting small dramas very earnestly and honestly. It can be sublime.” The artist has stretched time through slow motion, letting what is a short fleeting moment evolve so that the smallest of movements are enshrined in a way that is, to him, almost sacred. “I enjoy the magic of the normal,” the artist says.
The one-minute video plays several times each hour on the large screen above the main escalator/stair down to Baggage Claim.
Charles Borowicz co-founded AnC Movies in 2002 to write and produce short narrative and documentary films, and in this work he has specialized in creatively exploring dance on film. Simultaneously, he has evolved his personal film experiments around his fascination with everyday reality and the monumental moments within. Borowicz’s work has been screened at festivals nationwide including at the Black Point Film Festival, the Frederick (Maryland) Film Festival, the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, and at Gateway Film Center’s Documentary Week. Locally, his work has been seen at Ruckus Makerspace, iMOCA, Indy Pride, and with NoExitPerformance as well as online (TarpTarpTarp.com and YouTube). He lives and works in Indianapolis.
Tussle, by Chicago artist Ted Sitting Crow Garner, is on view in the North Terminal Garden.
Proposals are currently being sought for indoor installations at Indianapolis International Airport: visit our Artist Opportunities website for more information.