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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G924_April2012Glass artist Chalos-McAleese's new work juxtaposes fragile, geometric glass forms with the strength and textures of stone and metal, with her combination of the two materials. These layers of these vastly differing textures are reminiscent of the striations seen in geologic cross sections. Her signature patterns in the cold-formed glass reflect the shapes and lines seen from a cross-continental flight over the Great Plains taken by the artist last year. The views of the crops and the irrigation lines cutting across the patchwork fields, plowed and planted, are the inspiration for this new body of work.

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Nhat TranTran is known for her laboriously created Urushi lacquer paintings and sculptures.  Her use of organic, flowing shapes, rich surface pattern and texture creates beautiful multi-layered abstractions. Urushi, an ancient technique, is well-known in many Eastern cultures, but still quite obscure in the West. The arduous and demanding techniques involved in working with Urushi lacquer result in hundreds of layers of pigment and lacquer for each piece.

In a departure from the physicality of using Urushi, Tran has taken to the new challenge of incorporating digital collage into her oeuvre. Continuing to explore her fascination with rhythms found in nature, the new digital medium allows Tran to use these sophisticated tools to create what she calls an “orchestral combination,” through collage of her photographs of nature and fragmentary images of her Urushi paintings. Her goal with the new digital series is to explore rhythms not only within each component image, but also within the interaction created by their assembly.

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Martin’s lifelong fascination with the beauty of decaying surfaces found on discarded, manmade objects like old cans, trucks and industrial debris is his inspiration for much of his new work.  Not only do they reveal beauty in their textures, shapes and colors, they allow for allegorical references, implying alternate realities and alluding to human existence.  Like a mirage, Martin distorts reality using oil, acrylic and canvas to provoke the viewer’s imagination.

 

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Cooper’s work has a strong Midwestern sensibility, but his expression derives from a combination of science and art. His fascination with astronomy and physics is the basis for his new work. Seasons incorporates painting, drawing, photography and video to explore the visual expressions of nature’s annual phases.

OPENING IDADA FIRST FRIDAY
June 1 | 6 - 9 p.m.

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