Friday, March 06, 2009

March, First Friday Preview

Lots to do and see this weekend. In case you have not  been keeping up with earlier posts, this weekend the IMA is hosting their Design Symposium. Should be worth checking out, but it does cost. 

If you are looking for something on the cheaper side, you should make plans for this months IDADA First Friday gallery event. For a complete list of venues, events and a map of the IDADA event, click here

This week I am going to change things up a bit, sort of an experiment, partially to save time as I have been busy moving out of my studio and working out the details of our new Indianapolis Art Survey. This week I will only be posting an editors pick if you will. The 5 shows I am most interested in seeing this weekend. Though to be honest, it may be hard for me to catch all 5 this weekend as I will be at the IMA during the day and watching over my old studio tonight where there will be a number of video art pieces being displayed. Hope everyone has a good First Friday as spring is drawing closer.


Harrison Center for the Arts

March 6, 6pm to 10pm
artist reception and open studio night

The Harrison Center brings together entrepreneurial artists and educators in the new exhibit, Mind the Gap. This group show creates a public conversation relating to the education achievement gap and includes the work of Herron School of Art's faculty members Anila Agha, Flounder Lee, Jennie Mynhier and Lesley Baker and the Harrison Center's Artur Silva.

In Gallery No. 2:
La Temporadas de un Granjero (The Seasons of a Farmer) - new work by Herron School of Art and Design photography student, Sam Jones

In Hank & Dolly's Gallery:
Hyperlinx - an installation by Shannon Hinkle and Emily Elling

In the Gallery Annex:
David Kleeman, Emily Krebs, Amy Reel, Ani Ziemniak and more.

Performing at 8pm across from the Harrison Gallery: I Heart Lung.

Artbox Gallery

”Rock, Paper, Scissors”


This collision of paper and scissors rocks!  Surrounded with textural paint by Dale Nally, after a couple of weeks cocooned in rock, Dante Ventresca and Jennifer Complo McNutt will emerge with flirtations to wealth and stealth. He throws down on paper; she's got scissors and she's not afraid to run with them.

Jennifer Complo Mcnutt

After 911, thousands of scissors and sharp objects were confiscated from citizens at airport security checkpoints. Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art for the Eiteljorg Museum and local artist, purchased 200 lbs of those scissors in lots from eBay and awaited the opportunity to install them. Here it is. Along with Chops, the antique appliance dog she (or artbox. . however it works for you) will debut the latest piece in her Ode to Domesticity Series. The Domestic Terrorist, an installation of confiscated scissors; lots and lots of scissors.

Dante Ventresca

Being engaged is at the heart of Dante Ventresca’s artistic practice. Discerning simple action in the face of overwhelming personal experience is his chosen method. Growing up as the ninth child in a family of eleven, Dante’s simple action most often involved making art. His Marking Project revolves around smashing basic materials together. Layers of graphite, crayon, pencil, and oil stick are squeezed into rough rectangular forms outlined on printmaking papers. Dante honors the fine motor skills of writing, doodling, and dot connecting through his scratching, rubbing, smearing, erasing, smudging, and scraping. Working in a series of interrelated works, Dante chooses titles that include the kinds of numbers and letters used to plot points within a grid.
Dale Nally

Grounded in the language of nature, unmistakably contemporary and yet somehow timeless, the abstract work of Dale Nally draws the viewer into the infinity of introspection.  Boundless in their interpretation, his powerful images convey a deeper meaning, that while unique to each viewer, often seem somehow to share a profound similarity.  Nally combines colors, textures, and finishes in a way that effortlessly infuses the abstract with the organic.  Sought after and featured in both public and private collections and exhibitions around the world, the contemporary abstract work of Dale Nally is unique in its ability to transcend the limits of categorization, definition, and time.


Exhibition dates: March 6th, 2009 – March 31st, 2009. 

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

Ruschman Gallery

[image, "Eggs" by Bruce Campbell, m/m on canvas, 60"x 60", 2009]

"Group Show"
New Works by Gallery Artists

Bruce Campbell
Linda Adele Goodine
Marc Jacobson
Katherine Kadish
Michal Lile

March 6 - March 28

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

Wug Laku's Studio & Garage

William Denton Ray and James Ratliff, graphic designers by day and artists by night, will be displaying new work for your eyes to feast upon from 6-9pm at Wug Laku's Studio & Garage, 1125 Brookside Avenue C7 

Big Car and Murphy Art Center

March 6: First Friday

Listen: A Music and Video Experiment
Featuring video art and experimental music throughout the Murphy Art Center -- including Alchemy in Suite 3, Suite 4 next door and multiple spaces upstairs near Big Car.

Friday, March 6, 2009 at 7 p.m.- Midnight.

Big Car's First Friday show for March will feature a bevy of local, regional, national and international video and sound artists. All of the music will accompany video art projections. The night will include a show of Herron video artists in Suite 214 next door to Big Car (see artist statements below), a program of experimental videos from other local artists in Suite 3 and 4 on street level (J. Andrew Salyer, Laura Salyer, Jim Walker, Flounder Lee) and a Microcinema screening (FATELESS, Color + Modulation, SLIDE, Hub Culture Retrospectives: Antarctica, Independent Exposure: Asthmatic Kitty Records Edition 2008, The Collected Films of Ryan Jeffery) also in Suite 214.

The night's musical offerings in Suite 215 (Big Car's regular space) and in other nearby spaces include performances by Butler University's Ensemble 48 (playing a soundtrack to the silent film "Man with the Movie Camera"), Marck Ferrari, Ben Ishmael Revival, Shiny Black Shirt, Sea Krowns, Ensemble 48, Actuel, Playboy Psychonauts, Stallio, Sky Thing and Tonos Triad.

Also in the street level space that night, Big Car also hosts the installation "Unified Fields" that features the interactive music and art of duo Mana2 (Jordan Munson, Michael Drews). This installation is a collaborative composition combining elements from the works Unified Fields (Munson) and Deconstructions (Drews). Themes and gestures from each work interact both with each other and sonic and video material emanating from several interactive stations positioned in the room. These stations will involve both motion and color tracking technologies. During the event, live musical textures will be weaved into the sonic environment being generated.


Video show artist statements

Sam Jones' intent is to bring awareness to social issues and struggles, and as an artist it is my desire find the best possible way of doing so; may it be through photography, video, or sculpture.

Katie Chattin uses photography to encourage change while representing a call to action for her viewers. Through her work she hopes for her audience to find their own sense of community and take pride in the place that they find. Her work documents a place and time that is a part of her community, her hometown of Vincennes, IN. Katie is a senior photography major at the Herron School of Art and Design. She plans on going into non profit work upon graduation.

Lindsey Shafi is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is currently attending Herron School of Art here in Indianapolis. She will graduate in May 2009 with a BFA in Photography. Her work mainly consists of animal activism, cultural identity and educational documentaries. She enjoys using video with sound incorporated in installation pieces along with digital photography.

Brent Aldrich has a BFA from the Herron School of Art; his work makes use of drawing, photography, video, installation, and performance to understand the disconnect from the real to representation by the processes of these different mediums, particularly as it relates to the land. His is also a part of the collaborative team DENT.

Desiree Moore is graduating from Herron School of Art and Design in May with a BFA. She is interested in working with themes analyzing the social, historical, and ecological relationships between current human culture and perceptions of nature.

Justin Trapp is a Herron School of Art and Design Student. His work currently explores the ideas of subverting the popular American consumerist culture, and meditative spaces through the medium of video installation and mixed media collage. He is interested in communicating to the audience that the everyday "noise," that we encounter is something that needs to be slowed down, and examined closer.

Donna Hooper was born in Columbus, Mississippi and is a candidate for a BFA in Photography accompanied by an Art History Minor, both during 2009. At Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, she pursues video, sound, photography and installation projects that explore women's issues and girl culture. Most of her work focuses on the process of learning and the effects of mass media.

Ashley White is currently working towards attaining her BFA in Photography at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. Aside from working in the medium of photography, she also works in video and sound. She has explored many different mediums such as Installation, Visual Communication, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Painting. She enjoys using all of her experience with different mediums and working with her hands to create sculptural and design elements when creating mixed media pieces.

Diego Yanto works within the realm of photography, video and installation. He is confronted by ideas of the post-modern and social criticism. He explores this world by engulfing viewers senses and letting them exit the real world and enter a new one.

Melissa McShea is graduating with a BFA in Photography from Herron school of art and design in May 2008, and intends to attend a M.F.A. program upon graduation. Her body of work deals with the relationship between color and music, and is moving into digital interaction between the viewer and the work.

Also that night:

The first show in Le Petite Mort, a series of one-piece mini-shows

Often the midwest is overlooked by newer movements in the art world. This series, Le Petite Mort, aims for Indianapolis to come together with the art of nationally known artists inspired by pop culture and popularized by magazines such as Juxtapoz and High Fructose. This form of art is typically narrative and illustration based and it is often referred to as pop surrealism or low brow art.

Artists participating in this series are giving potential buyers a price break on the work as well keeping Big Car's mission to provide younger collectors the opportunity to own this work. This series will run regularly, featuring one new artist each time.

March's selection is Shaunna Peterson. In addition to showing in galleries across the country, the work of this California-based artist has also been showcased in Step Inside Design Magazine, International Tattoo Art, Permission Magazine, Art Week, the Sci-Fi Western Catalog, PandaMeat and CMYK. Two pieces of her work will be available. To find out more about Peterson, visit her website here.

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