Opening Reception: March 3
During the IDADA First Friday Art Tour
This March, Gallery 924 is pleased to present Emily Stergar’s Stack: A Layering of Elements. In her Gallery 924 exhibition, each individual sculpture will incorporate materials natural to our environment, such as wood or stone, as well as those fabricated by man, like Styrofoam and concrete. Each part is stacked or layered upon the next utilizing gravity alone.
Emily Stergar draws attention to change in our shared landscape. Her work alters the land beyond its original state, exploring our need to transform it and question what can and should exist. The stacks of each sculpture are an organization of disparate materials and objects turned into an understandable and orderly pile. The sculptural piles reference the layering of earth’s crust, as well as the materials obtained from it, whether found, natural, or man-made. These materials are the elements palpably seen and unseen in the spaces of earth we occupy. Stergar sees the physical and conceptual balancing of these components as a way to create a sense of grounding for her and the viewer.Sterger is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Herron School of Art and Design. She received her BFA in Sculpture at Herron School of Art and Design, and MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
The artist will donate 50% of each artwork's sale price to the National Parks Foundation.
IDADA First Friday Art Tour Reception: February 3, 6 - 9 pm
Having spent his formative years in New York City, Vázquez’s expressive, gestural style stems in part from his colorful past as part of the subway style writing scene in the 1970s and 1980s. His bold, organic work reflects his own social commentary on human resilience and the desire to keep one’s humanity from being dismissed. Vázquez’s inspirations are rooted in style writing, but have evolved into a highly polished studio practice. His expressive work plays out via vibrant colors, uninhibited gestures, and relentless energy.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1970, Vázquez currently lives in Indianapolis. Beginning in 2017, Vázquez will maintain a studio practice in both Indianapolis and New York City. Along with style writing, his inspiration is rooted in the works of Ed Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Vázquez's work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and cultural institutions. He has lectured on the history of style writing in venues such as the Arts Council of Indianapolis, New York City College of Technology-CUNY, Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch, Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center, and Indianapolis Museum of Art. Vázquez is a 2017 Scholar In Residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.
Closing Reception During the
IDADA First Friday Art Tour
January 6, 6 - 9 pm
TINY V: A Really Big Show at Gallery 924 kicks off the holiday gift giving season with local art that is 6” x 6” x 6” or smaller, and prices ranging from $10 - $500. TINY is Gallery 924’s biggest show of the year and will feature over 120 artists and more than 400 pieces of TINY original artwork. TINY V is the perfect opportunity to support local artists by sharing the gift of art that could inspire family and friends to begin their own collections. The artwork includes artists from past Gallery 924 exhibitions and other up-and-coming Indianapolis artists.
During TINY, the pieces of art move beyond the usual wall space and floor stanchions to occupy all the nooks and crannies of Gallery 924. Works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, and more. Some of the work is simply miniature versions of the artist’s standard offerings, and some artists were inspired by the gallery’s layout to create site-specific installations.
Shifting Perspectives runs through November 23 at noon. The gallery will be closed on November 24 and 25.
This November Gallery 924 presents Marna Shopoff’s Shifting Perspectives, a solo exhibition featuring new works on canvas, linen, and paper. Shopoff creates bold, geometric abstractions that examine ideas relating to place identity and lived experiences within both the built and natural environments.
Through reflection and intuition, Shopoff explores the visual overlap of the places we visit, the homes we live in, and the countries we explore. She expresses these visually compiled memories with expressive color to capture a certain mood, and abstraction to move through and define a physical space. She uses geometry, saturation, and transparency as her voice to reveal personal experiences within these spaces. Each piece reflects actual forms and shapes, but also the intangible memories and perceptions each viewer carries with them about a particular place.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marna Shopoff is an Indianapolis-based visual artist with an emphasis on abstract painting and intuitive drawing. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2012 and Master of Fine Arts degree in 2014 from Herron School of Art and Design, where she has taught as an adjunct professor in the Foundations and Drawing Programs.
She has led panel discussions on abstract learning and haptic drawing at the Foundations in Art Theory and Education Conference (US) and the International Drawing and Cognition Symposium (UK). Shopoff is the recipient of various honors and awards including an Individual Artist Award from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Mildred Darby Menz Award, and the 2014-2015 Stutz Resident Artist Award.
Shopoff’s work has been published in print circulations including Studio Visit Magazine, Manifest, and Blue Canvas. She has taken part in exhibitions both locally and internationally (solo, group, and collaborative), and has participated in art fairs including PULSE New York (NY), the Miami Project (FL) and VOLTA12 Basel (Switzerland). She is currently represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Visit her website to learn more.
Opening Reception during the October
IDADA First Friday Art Tour:
October 7, 6 - 9 pm
This October Gallery 924 presents Susan Tennant’s Weaving Through Space featuring organically engineered installations that incorporate straight and curved lines that reference flight and voyage. This exhibition will use Gallery 924 as a base to build into and through by forming interconnected structures focusing on curvilinear lines. The various artworks and installations will be constructed on-site by weaving and networking fiberglass rods, wood, and waxed cord throughout the interior space, appearing to go through the walls and ceiling, and wrapping around the air ducts. Tennant, a 2005-2006 Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, will engage gallery patrons to view the physical gallery space, the sculptural forms, and the shadows they cast as a unified visual experience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Susan Tennant, a sculptor and educator in Indianapolis, IN, was born and raised in New Jersey. Tennant moved to Indiana in 1978, with husband Phillip, who started the Herron School of Art and Design Furniture Design Department at IUPUI. She received a BFA from SUNY Alfred University’s School of Art and Design and has a MS from the School of Informatics and Computing and a MFA from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI. She has shown her work most recently at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Tennant received an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship in 2006. In 2010 she published a textbook, Once Upon a Digital Story: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Art. She has been a lifelong educator, and for the last 16 years, she has been a professor in the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. Click here to visit Susan Tennant's website.