Working strictly with film and manual equipment, M.W. LaFary began a journey in 2010 to explore and document a growing phenomenon. The visual urban landscape of Indianapolis, along with many American cities, was showing distressful signs of systematic decay and deterioration. With thousands of once occupied Indianapolis homes and businesses boarded-up and overgrown, and just months before the foreclosure crisis would empty thousands more, a new series of work was born. DECLINE seeks to document and reflect upon the growing signs of trouble in the local landscape.

LaFary has traveled a great deal of central and southern Indiana and even into northern Kentucky exploring abandoned, boarded, or otherwise disregarded spaces. The body of work has grown to include hundreds of exposures made at dozens of sites, many of which no longer exist. For LaFary, this vast collection of images is the story of everything. They are the story of the end.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 as part of IDADA First Friday Art Tour.

It has been said that auto-biography is impossible. One will never be able to view themselves in the same way the world sees them. That has not hindered the thousands of artists over the centuries who have used self-portraits as a means to express their core essence.

Artists have used self-portraits as studies, as final works, and as a way to explore their inner demons and desires. Inflated self-importance (think Albrecht Durer). Self-doubt and fear (think Edvard Munch). Social critique (think Cindy Sherman), and the list continues.

Join Gallery 924 during June and July, as we present a wide array of central Indiana artists' visions of self. Works include painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, video, poetry, and more.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 as part of IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour

Image: Amelia Morris, From the series An Honest Assessment, 2011

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May 2013Recent work by Bonnie Stahlecker

Artist Talk: Thursday, May 23, 5 - 7pm - Please join us for an after work drink and conversation with the artist, Bonnie Stahlecker who will discuss her process for creating this riveting new body of work. No RSVP necessary. Free parking.

Stahlecker, an Indianapolis-based artist known for her sculptural artist books, has created a new body of work that explores the human need to seek protection from both real and perceived perils. Stahlecker is intrigued by the notion that throughout history all cultures have sought to believe in a deity who could intervene on their behalf and offer safe passage. Her shield-like pieces speak to the different methods of solicitation of this protection, from amulets and scapular medals to chants and incantations. She combines an historical exploration of this phenomena with her visual aesthetic of organic pattern, image, and language marks. The shield-like images not only serve as iconic and powerful symbols, but also as a new evolution of her sculptural work rich with layers of texture and meaning.

Stahlecker is a 1999 and 2013 Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow.

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April 2013No image grabs more attention, incites more emotion, or holds more mystery than the depiction of someone’s face. Reel focuses on the entire presence of each person in her delicate yet colossal portraits. The large scale of these pieces gives them a new role in the gallery. Not only are they works to be viewed and interpreted, but can themselves be seen as audience and critic. Layers of ink and conté crayon stare quietly back at spectators with a certain authority. In exchange for a few moments of observation, each portrait has a story to share, a conversation to have with its viewer.

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March 2013 thumbBeyond Vernacular, an exhibition featuring the fine art furniture of Cory Robinson and Matt Hutton, explores the rural settings of "middle" America, home to both artists. This subtle yet unmistakable aesthetic found in farms and long stretches of highway across Indiana is where Hutton draws architectural inspirations from agrarian structures in pursuit of familiar form and Robinson revisits the iconic language of antiques. Their work blurs the boundaries between art, design, and craft and is at once functional and sculptural. Both artists have found fulfillment in referencing their work to the bucolic, over-romanticized, rural settings of the "fly over" states. Both artists seek to find subversive ways of sharing this overt, low influence within their “high” design portfolios.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:00-9:00pm

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February13 200x200At the heart of Lewis' video installation, From Now On, is the classic struggle of man versus nature. This provocative video-mapping experience is a rich consideration of the tensions between nature and industrialization. Lewis' depictions of the forces at play in climate change are placed in visually compelling, dynamic relationships that delight the senses as they raise questions regarding the future. From Now On offers hope in the form of a dead tree that appears to come alive with moving imagery and becomes a metaphorical image of human knowledge and beliefs.

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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.

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