Closing Reception and Artist Talk with Phillip Lynam: Thursday, March 27, 6-8pm

Lynam's new work seeks to explore the potential for a two-dimensional artwork to create an immersive, dislocating experience.  The artist describes his most powerful personal experience with artwork as the moment at which the viewer slows down, has effectively blocked out the rest of the room and any other distractions, the moment that one is not simply looking at the surface of a painting, but is looking into the work - completely immersed in the artwork itself. This experience is not dissimilar to the way one might interact with television screens or computer monitors. The physical reality of these screens seems to drop away as one becomes more focused on the image(s) they display, and forget about them as objects and instead look at the content that seems to exist behind the screens. A painting is an object, just as a television is, but it is also, at the same time, something immaterial, an image, like a projection on a screen.  It is simultaneously real and false; present and absent. In his work Lynam tries to emphasize elements of the paintings that create this sort of immersive experience -- vivid, glowing color, a sense of internal illumination, and complex layering of marks, patterns, and fragments of images that allude to space behind the physical surface of the work. 

 

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Anderson's recent work reveals and erodes imagery through her process, evoking the acts of remembering and forgetting. Surfaces are embedded with histories that may not be immediately apparent, becoming a space where past and present share a permeable non-linear relationship. The work expresses the anxiety associated with transitional states and oppositional qualities, and is a reflection on the instability of identity itself. The fragmentation and repitition or imagery implies both a fixation and elusiveness in the search for a more comforting cohesion and narrative.

Tiny II will showcase hundreds of original artworks created by more than 80 local artists. Each artwork will be 6”x 6”x 6” or smaller, many for $100 or less. The pieces will move beyond the usual wall space and floor stanchions to occupy all the nooks and crannies of the gallery. Works include paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, and more. Some of the work is simply miniature versions of the artist’s standard offerings, but some artists were inspired by the gallery’s layout to create site-specific installations.

Gallery 924 will be closed starting December 24 and will reopen January 2, 2014.

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Horvath is primarily known for his high-gloss and refined, large-scale oil paintings that represent our cultural obsession with the appearance of luxury, celebrity, and consumption. In his practice, he begins with an abstract, almost other-worldly sculpture that then serves as inspiration for the resulting highly polished and detailed painting, often mistaken for a digital image. His most recent body of work explores these sculptures with greater depth and detail. Horvath has now escalated his practice of creating a preliminary sculpture by using more substantial materials. Through the use of porcelain, his sculptures have become more permanent and thus represent works in their own right instead of simply a preliminary work or reflection of the grander oil painting. A large collection of his new porcelain sculptures at Gallery 924 have never been seen before outside of his studio.

In his first major exhibition in Indianapolis since 2005, Faust offers a wide range of materials with one singular focus. This current body of work investigates the natural environment from two distinct positions. Faust explores the current state of the natural world as both a reverent observer and a concerned occupant of the Earth. The paintings on canvas and wood represent his celebration of nature, while the "Fossil Fuel Series" exhibition prints deal with his pointed angst at the degradation being perpetuated on the environment. The palette of the two series represents the extreme opposite sides of the spectrum, using the most vivid color combinations or alternately the most subdued monochromatic grays. In both series, the commentary is bold, thoughtful, and intense.

James Wille Faust is a 2007-2008 Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow.

Unblocked represents a journey of rediscovering the creative process through pattern and color. Rao's previous work was mostly figurative, but in 2011, this Butler University professor began to explore pattern. This marked the beginning of an exploration of color that has led to complex and unexpected destinations. Over the past two years Rao has made large-scale paintings exploring color relationships, pattern, typography and landscape. The paintings rely on a grid of color squares, which in these paintings allude to pixels of fabric patterns. They play on the human tendency to recognize images in patterns everywhere - in the intervals of cracks on the sidewalk or images found in cloud formations.

Increasingly, mathematical patterns play a rle in the structure of paintings. Rao alternates colors in syncopated patterns, grouping them by hue, color, temperature and value. They play to the joy found in color choices and the excitement of the creative process - of creativity rediscovered and unblocked.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6 as part of IDADA First Friday Art Tour

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