Tuesday, September 30, 2008

First Friday Preview: Solo Show Edition

Hi Folks. You may have noticed a lack of posting these past couple weeks and if you were wondering why, I was simply busy preparing for my show that opens this Friday. I typically try not to promote my own art here, but I am excited for this show. It will be my first solo show in Indy in two years and should be an intriguing view at my most recent work. You are all invited and the platform is open for review.

While I do love a well curated group show, particularly one with a solid concept that ties the work together but I do feel the best way to view the work of most artists is via solo exhibitions. This week, the local gallery scene is a blast with solo shows. What a rare treat, where a majority of the galleries are showing the work by a single artist. Hope you all are able to make it out this weekend and see as many shows as possible. Have fun.

[Above image, studio detail of 'Bty']

Erstwhile Gallery EXHIBITIONS

Objects in Space
New paintings, prints and sculpture

10/03/2008 – 10/25/2008

Opening reception:
Friday, October 3rd, 5pm - 11pm

The Erstwhile Gallery
1651 English Ave.
(Corner of State and English)
Indianapolis, IN
T: (317) 504-8219
E: scott@scottgrow.com
W: http://www.scottgrow.com/
H: Fridays 5pm-8pm, Saturdays 1pm-4pm, & appointment


Special thanks to SEND, the Efroymson Fund (a CICF Fund) and Big Car Gallery.

[Above: Detail from and image in Reichard's show at Big Car in October.]

Big Car Gallery
1043 Virginia Ave.
When: First Friday opening 6 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 3
Show runs through Oct. 25 with hours 5-7 on Fridays and 1-4 on Saturdays.


Warm, the namesake of Debbie Reichard's Big Car exhibition is a large latch hook wall-hanging in the image of a piece of Dow blue foam insulation. Warm is also the tone of the homely brown dye made from black walnuts. This dye has been used in the "spam" fabric pieces. Reichard has taken these numerous email annoyances as daily affirmations--their messages are so positive that they become cryptic when taken out of context. The process of collecting fallen walnuts and brewing them in a cauldron for hours in her garage is a messy, satisfying and traditional process compared to discarding the clean, unfulfilling spam email. And while email might be a new medium, going door to door with a false promise is not.

Also in Indianapolis: Reichard's garden hose sculpture, "A Torrent of pleasantries (in Plaid)" can be seen at Community Hospital North. The themes connecting all this work are, home, the housing boom, home maintenance, homemaking, new home construction; all facets of the anxious American Dream.

Reichard has shown her work and taught throughout the United States. While working as a visiting professor of sculpture at Herron she helped form the Community Laboratory Museum that was located in Fountain Square. Recently, Reichard moved to New Jersey to teach and work.

For more on Reichard see http://www.debbiereichard.com/.

[Above: an image from Silva's show at Big Car in October.]

"The Wealth of States"

Artur Silva will show his new works in a solo exhibit called The Wealth of States: America's REM Part 2. The show explores the ideas of free trade first conceptualized by 18th-century Scottish philosopher Adam Smith. The new works register contemporary and historic figures' experiences in capitalism, delving in the new American Dream concept of "get rich fast." The exhibit consists of installations, prints and video works never before shown in Indianapolis.

Parallel to the exhibit in Indianapolis, two of Artur's new works that will be shown at Big Car Gallery, will be part of the exhibit Heartland at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands that opens on Oct. 4 and runs through February of 2009.

For more on Artur Silva see http://www.artursilva.com/.

In Side Car

Also on Oct. 4 abstract acrylic painter Jerry Dreesen will show his work in the adjacent Side Car space while artist/activist/designer Laura Salyer presents a performance and installation in another nearby Side Car space. Her work examines the current landscape of US agriculture and policy.

[Above image, Studio shot with studies for Dot Dot Dot…]

Alchemy Art + Aesthetics
Ken Nurenberg
Dot Dot Dot…

Opening October 3, 2008

Alchemy Art + Aesthetics presents Dot Dot Dot…, a new site-specific work by Ken Nurenberg. A minimalist piece with conceptual overtones, the installation will take over Alchemy's entire exhibition space and challenge viewers' perception and interpretation of their visual environment. …There's also going to be lots of pink…manly pink.
Ken is a senior at the Herron School of Art. Dot Dot Dot… will be his second time exhibiting at Alchemy, previously showing in the three-artist show Relativ(isms) last February. This exhibition will be his first solo show in Indianapolis. Opening reception Friday, October 3 from 7pm to midnight.

work on display thru 11.01.08

ALCHEMY art + aesthetics
1043 Virginia Ave No. 3
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Ph. 317.634.9700
Fx. 317.634.9701
Em. alchemygallery@gmail.com
W3. myspace.com/alchemygallery

Harrison Center for the Arts
BRISTLED artist reception

Friday, October 3, 6 to 9 pm

The Harrison Center for the Arts is proud to present Bristled – new work by Tyler Meuninck. “This series originated in my father’s studio, where we made paint brushes and other handmade tools. About halfway through the work I was doing for a show last October he showed me how to make some of my own brushes and encouraged me to use them on my paintings. This body of work is the result of some of that work. Many times the brushes are the subject, in a kind of ambiguous space. The handmade brushes were an exciting way for me to work outside of my own set of rules. “

Gallery No. 2 - Self Help - new work by Robert D. Beckmann Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship recipient, Kyle Herrington. Herrington approaches art with a fresh perspective rich in aesthetic discipline, humor, and self examination. In his work, he often investigates the social rules and guidelines of our world in a roundabout manner, acknowledging the flaws of the human condition as well as documenting society's effort to mend imperfection.

In Hank & Dolly’s Gallery – Child Labor - Three young artists, Cora Hughey, Moses Kaufmann and Marshall Boring, present a visionary exhibition that illustrates the bedrock of creativity.

In the gymnasium – Indieana Handicraft Exchange - Far removed from your grandmother’s craft fair, the Handicraft Exchange is a bizarre bazaar, featuring handmade wooden rings, fanciful undergarments, custom vintage-inspired western wear, plush animals, hand-screened rock and roll poster art, and much more. Patrons are asked to bring a children's art or craft book or supply for donation at the door. All patron donations and raffle proceeds will go to local public school art programs and the Marion County Children's Guardians Home. The event continues on Saturday, October 4 - 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The artwork hangs through November 1st, 2008.

Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 North Delaware
Indianapolis, IN 46202

[Above image, painting by Nick Hill]

Ruschman Art Gallery
Nick Hill
New Paintings: Landscapes, Portraits, Still Life

October 3 - October 25

Reception for the Artist
Friday October 3, 2008
5:00 - 9:00 pm

Ruschman Art Gallery
948 N. Alabama Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 634-3114
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 11-5 pm

[Above image, Drawn Surface Cabinets, 2002]

ARTBOX Gallery
Makers Perspective
works by: Cory Robinson

Exhibition for Oct. 3rd - Nov. 4th
Opening Reception on Fri. Oct. 3rd 5-12pm

The October show will feature the functional and non-functional work of Herron School of Art and Design Professor Cory Robinson. Using the traditions and processes of woodworking and furniture design, Robinson’s work explores the personal experience, purpose, and emotive impact of functional forms. Often, these objects bridge gray areas between art, design, and craft with a personal vocabulary that engages the workmanship of risk. “I engage natural occurring processes like the patterns and rhythm found in growth, decay, landscape, patterns and wood itself, as points of departure to inform the making process. My work is a response to materials; both found and manipulated often both – Robinson”

ARTBOX Gallery
217 West Tenth St.
Indianapolis, In 46202
TALK: 888.964.4446

[Above Image, postcard for One Flight Up event]

One Flight Up
artist, open studio event

Two artists of note to check out during this event, Richard Emery Nickolson and Mark Pack. Many more to see as well.

Event Hours, Friday October 3rd, 5-9pm

10th and Senate


SoFa Gallery

The much anticipated Hub Phase II opens this Friday!
Reception: Friday, October 3, 2008

@ the McCalla School Green Space, 10th Street and Indiana.

HUB Phase II will be open to the public Saturday, October 4
12- 6 pm and then close.

This is a limited engagement so be sure not to miss it!

HUB: A Collaboration of Art and Space, is a two-part exhibition experiment that seeks to explore the metamorphosis of the gallery experience. The exhibition centers around a docking module, which serves as a physical hub, connecting mobile containers/moving trucks filled with art, thus transforming them into temporary gallery spaces. All act together as a temporary exhibition experience that can be erected anywhere, moving from site to site. HUB Phase II invites the visitor to the McCalla School Green Space, at 10th and Indiana, to experience the transformation of the artwork within the HUB truck containers. Once the exhibition concludes it will be mobile and travel to other site-specific venues around the Midwest and beyond.

The SoFa Gallery will be closed Saturday, October 4th.
Join us at the McCalla School Green Space for HUB Phase II.
October 4th

(Note: While I missed posting about the opening this past weekend, the show is still worth checking out. So, if you happen to be heading north towards Chicago, be sure to check out the show.)

[Above image, new work by Casey Roberts]

Uncle Freddy's Gallery
Julien Colombier • Brian O'Dell • Casey Roberts

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 27
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Uncle Freddy's Gallery will be the home of A Brave New World a new exhibit that opens on Saturday, September 27, with a public opening reception from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. This exhibit is a highlight for Uncle Freddy's with a lineup of 3 emerging contemporary artists, Julien Colombier (Paris), Brian O'Dell (Los Angeles) & Casey Roberts (Indianapolis). The three artists have been described by gallery owner Tom Torluemke as “movers of bio mass.” He continues, “The works make one think that we as human beings are not as evolved as our science is advanced.”

2635B Highway Avenue
Highland, IN 46322
Ph. 219.923.1909

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