Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Weekend Preview

Sorry for the late posting, either my laptop is acting up again or my Internet service provider kept crashing the past 18 hours or so. Wel, better late than never...  And always, visit the IDADA link to the right for a complete First Friday events listing as well as a map. See you around.

at Big Car Gallery

First Friday opening: Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m.

Outside/In: I.a.w.C.t.B.C.G.o.F.s. or Two States One Cup in Suite 4

Outside/In: Two States One Cup

Eight contemporary artists working in a variety of styles and mediums come to Indianapolis from Iowa City in the second of a series of collective exchange shows at Big Car Gallery. Two States One Cup is a search to discover the importance of travel and specific space. In conjunction with the Big Car Collective's project to visit other cities and towns and create shows about these places from an outside perspective, Public Space ONE Gallery, in Iowa City will host a group of Indianapolians to exhibit in May.

Music that night at 9:30 p.m. by Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes, Ayawasca and Sam Eakin and the Awkwards. Music will be in Suite 215.

Artists involved:

Christina McClelland uses printmaking, installation, and video to challenge and confront accepted notions in the domestic space and beyond, revealing struggles for power and control. She received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2008 and now works for Project Art at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her work has been shown in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, and Nebraska, as well as in Croatia. Geographer Kevin Berg is a BS candidate at the University of Iowa in Geography. Their collaboration is guided by a combined interest in human interaction with and within spaces. See more here.

Jenn Myers is getting her MFA in Intermedia at the University of Iowa. She uses video, installation and drawing as an experimental playground that involves audience participation and collaboration. She is currently working on a series of circular video environments that appropriate narrative elements from various traditions. Learn more here.

Daniel Luchman was born in Iowa City, IA and is currently attending graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He pursues video and installation projects that humorously explore personal mythologies and the human desire to construct cultural meaning. View video work here.

Caleb Engstrom, an Iowa City, IA resident, received his BA in Studio Art from the University of Iowa in 2007. Currently, he is a carpet cleaner/water damage restorer, substitute teacher, and curator for Public Space ONE Gallery in Iowa City. Using everything from performance, drawing, video, and installation his work draws upon established ideas of labor and tests of will. For more information visit

Genevieve Lawrence was born in Cedar Rapids, IA and is an MFA candidate in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa. She is currently co-director of Arts Iowa City. Her work is focused on acts of illusion and believability and can be viewed

Jeremy Chen was formally educated on the mean streets of Iowa City from kindergarten on. He is currently an independent artist in Grinnell, Iowa working on an assortment of projects using print media, drawing, book forms, installation, and short videos. Chen is a co-founder of the collaborative artist collectives ICRAPT and The Moving Crew. Find out more here.

Lee Emma Running's work functions as an aesthetic intervention into public space. Her installations go up quickly, sometimes overnight, and elevate local botanical life to enormous proportions. She strives to capture the beauty and complexity witnessed in very close investigation of natural phenomena and hopes to create a sense of wonder in her viewer. Running received her MFA in sculpture from The University of Iowa in Iowa City in 2006. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. See her work here here.

Katherine Parker works with video, painting and drawing, and installation, often making work that exists outside traditional gallery settings that appeals to a viewer's sense of wonder through frame or context. She is interested in questions of accessibility, both physical and conceptual. Her work often rewards the observant and patient viewer and privileges stillness and calm over action and proliferation. Her day job is in video production. She is a member of the Moving Crew.Find out more here.

Also that night


On Feb. 6 in Suite 215, The Naptown Rollergirls will display plaster busts of the members of the team decorated by artists. These will be auctioned off for a good cause later in February. Here's what they have to say about the show:

"We have to get this off our chest. Big Car Gallery will feature sculptures of Rollergirls's busts. You'll miss out on a bunch of memorable mammaries if you don't join the Naptown Rollergirls and Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes at Big Car. Our cup runnith over with good times for February's First Friday. Bust a move to the gallery and see Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes and your Naptown Roller Girls!"

at Ruschman Gallery

"Tree Cage" by Peg Fierke

RUSCHMAN "Portfolio I"
New Prints by Gallery Artists

Dorthy Stites-Alig
Robert Eagerton
Peg Fierke
Tamar Kander
Tom Keesee
Barry Gealt/Arthur Liou                 

Feb 6 - Feb 28

Reception for the Artists 
Friday Feb 6, 2009 
5:00 - 9:00 pm

Newly published pigment prints, each 22" x 30" 
on museo max paper, edition size 35.
Printed locally at Heartland Printworks


Dangled and Tangled 

Constance Scopelitis and Laura LaForgeʼs new figurative paintings, 

dealing with the entanglement of human relationships


Exhibition dates: February 6th, 2009 – March 1st, 2009. 

 Opening reception will be February 6th from 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

at AV Framing Gallery

“Home, Spot, Figures” – new works by Brian Duff

Historic Fountain Square, AV Framing Gallery, 1139 Shelby St.

February 6, 2008 – March 27, 2009 Artist Reception on IDADA First Friday February 6, 2009, 5-9pm.  Join us at AV Framing Gallery as we celebrate 2 years in Fountain Square!  We  welcome back the artist who started us off, Brian Duff.

1 Responses to “Weekend Preview”

Anonymous said...
February 5, 2009 at 8:27 PM

YO! what about the harrison? all sorts of good things are happening there as well!!

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