Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Curious City: Closing Reception Thursday

Santorini by Kipp Normand

To celebrate our Curious City, the Harrison Center for the Arts will be hosting a closing reception for the work of Kipp Normand and Penelope Dullaghan this Thursday, September 27th from 6-8pm.

If you haven't seen this show, catch it before it leaves. Kipp Normand's 'reliquaries' are deep and beautiful allegories assembled with relics from an Indianapolis past. These are some of the most engaging and alluring artworks that I have experienced in Indianapolis in some time.

Also worth a look is The Curious City website, which is the brainchild of Young & Laramore creative agency.

The Harrison Center is located at 1505 North Delaware Street in Indianapolis.

6 Responses to “The Curious City: Closing Reception Thursday”

the dude said...
September 25, 2007 at 10:51 PM

Yeah, I got some "tough love" for Kipp. J. Cornell's mom called and said to stop ripping off her son. He would have said it himself but he was too afraid to leave the house and he doesn't like velvet.


Craig said...
September 26, 2007 at 4:54 PM

with the morphological finesse of an eight-year-old, 'the dude' reminds us why we're not all cut out to be art critics...


The Dude said...
September 26, 2007 at 8:47 PM

Don't let your jealousy get the best of you here, Craig. Apperantly you have no defense of Kipp work.


Craig said...
September 27, 2007 at 1:57 PM

Jealousy? I think not.

I also don't think that Kipp's work requires defending. To make the blunt suggestion that Kipp 'rips-off' Joseph Cornell is entry-level critique at best. Cornell's assemblage is based in sentiment and nostalgia and echoed, or perhaps continued, the tradition of the victorian curio. Kipp's reliquaries assemble vernacular objects into new allegories. The objects within each assembleage are imbued with their own histories, and re-assembling them into something new invites new interpretations from the viewer. Moreover, the fact that his reliquaries are made from the junk of our city makes them interesting to me on a personal level.

The lesson here... there is more to art than can be gleaned by a fleeting glance, (or there should be, at least). Don't judge a box by it's cover. A blue painting by Yves Klein is not the same as a blue painting by Ad Reinhardt.

And, dude, a bit of good grammar and a spell check will take that criticism to a whole new level.


Anonymous said...
October 7, 2007 at 2:32 AM

"What do you represent?"

There is a difference between a criticism and a flat out dismissal... some art only deserves the "tough love" of an instant judgment... when someone trots out some old trite... just look away and think... nice try!

And then the if you wish the only way to to criticize is to look around at all the works and find what seems to make one work better than another.. a nugget of hope. Can you pick out the best pile of shit? Why is it the best? Why do the others fall short of this radiant glowing turd? Most art is shit that should be dismissed immediately... unfortunately we still have to look at it and think?

I don't even want to consider a blue painting by Klein or Reinhardt but I enjoy the Leap into the Void or a page of Jokes... we all take art too seriously!


timeout8 said...
July 5, 2008 at 7:18 PM

I visited the Harrison Center For The Arts over the 4th of July weekend. Kipp your work is truly beautiful and inspiring. Looking forward to meeting you on 9/27!!!!

Tina H


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