Friday, May 01, 2009

Weekend Preview

Midland Arts & Antique Center

Town Hall Meeting
An exhibition of works by 9 Midwestern artists who have since migrated to New York for the sake of art.

Opening Reception Friday, May 1, 2009
907 East Michigan Street

Mt. Comfort

New to the local gallery scene is the gallery/project space hosted and curated by local artists Casey Roberts and Jessica Sowls. Featuring the work of Nat Russell, Erin Drew, Danielle Rante, and Amy Bird Noblitt.
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Mt. Comfort hours:
Friday May 1, 6pm-12am
Saturdays all May, 1-6pm
and by appointment

Located at the corner of State and English (used to be the Erstwhile Gallery space)

Wug Laku's Studio Garage

It was two years ago in May when WLS&G opened it's doors to the public. Since that time, we have had the honor and the privilege of working with some of Indianapolis' best artists and surrounding ourselves with their art. Please join us in celebrating their artistry and lives during the IDADA First Friday gallery tour on May 1, from 6 - 9 p.m.

Bernadette Ostrozovich
Patrick Flaherty
Eric Jones
Rachel Steely
Mark Pack
Jim Gerard
Pam Fraizer
Nancy Lee
William Ray Denton
James Ratliff
Wug Laku

Fridays and Saturdays, 12 - 4 p.m.
First Friday of every month, 6 - 9 p.m.

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Big Car Gallery

6-11 p.m. on May 1: Paintings by Tom Crist

With Martin Kuntz showing paintings in sidecar and live music at around 9:30 p.m. by Pons.

Details about Crist's show: It is the shock of the face that continues to inform my work. Caught in laughter or in tears, suspended in moments of joy or sorrow, the myriad expressions and contortions of this enigmatic human mask is of perpetual fascination for me; an impetus to create.

The face speaks volumes even when at rest, never completely muted in its stillness or silence. It is for me a constant and compulsive muse. Simultaneously familiar and strange, an almost alien encounter, the face of another. Even one's own likeness can have this effect when viewed from the distance of the photographic image: who is this stranger who wears my face? This notion urges on my investigation into the deceptively simple language of this complex visage; how we read others and how we are read.

My paintings exacerbate this exchange, imposing a paranoid, hallucinatory view of the subjects. Here they exist as cartoonish illuminations for the human condition; characters in an absurd comedy retold ad nauseam. One is immediately aware of the claustrophobically shallow space these figures inhabit. Often this is a turgidly hued void or a nowhere place. Uneasy stares and menacing smiles are held here in captivity.

The occupants of these paintings are born of anxious and obsessive line; repeated passages define basic features of eyes, nose, mouth and teeth in a frantic and sometimes horrific display. Being only soft flirtations with human form; the figures are built up over time in vivid color embodying disquiet and psychic tension. At times they are mere rudimentary constructions. Most recent are overwrought hysteria, snap shots of lives suspended in conflicts and couplings.

Found returning to Big Car


To celebrate the release of FOUND's brand-new book, Requiem for a Paper Bag, FOUND road warriors Davy and Peter Rothbart are climbing back in the tour van for a 55-city cross country odyssey. They stop at Big Car on May 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 and will be sold at the door.

At each show, Davy (FOUND's plucky point guard) will share the latest magnificent and mesmerizing finds that've landed in the mailbox here at FOUND HQ, plus hilarious found tales from contributors to the new book including Seth Rogen, Chuck D., Sarah Vowell, Devendra Banhart, and Wire creator David Simon. And Davy's brother Peter (FOUND's international heartthrob) will dazzle with a glittering constellation of new breathtaking songs based on FOUND notes. Will he bring back "The Booty Don't Stop"?

Ruschman Gallery

Yesterday & Tomorrow: Issues in Contemporary Photography
(In collaboration with Lee Marks Fine Art)
An exhibition that explores a medium, grappling with issues and undergoing major changes—technically, aesthetically, in subject-matter and in the market-place. The work of eight photographers: Jeffrey Becom, Andrew Borowiec, Wendy Burton, Mariana Cook, Jen Davis, Lucinda Devlin, Tyagan Miller, and Mike Smith.

AV Framing

“Inside Out”—paintings by Veronica Smith and Erin Swanson
Two women find themselves from opposite directions. “Inside Out” is a study in divergence. One artist discovers from within and the other from without. Both display stunning works of intense self-expression.

Artist in the Gallery on Friday May 1, 2009, 5-9pm.

Stutz Art Gallery

“Class: Faculty/Student Show”

Stutz Art Space Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110 (Enter from 10th Street from Bearcat Alley)

Friday, May 1, at noon with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Harrison Center for the Arts

Friday, May 1, 2009, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

In the Harrison Gallery: Topple - an exhibition of new works on paper by Cheryl Paswater

In Gallery No. 2: Souvenirs & Shiny Things - an installation and performance by Annie Quick

In Hank & Dolly's Gallery: THIS SIDE UP - new work by Michael Altman

In the Courtyard: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful courtyard beautification installation. Grab a shovel and be a part of the art!

In the gym: Indy Contra Dancers are back! Free lessons at 6pm and 7:30pm

Throughout the building: The Yarnburners knitting graffiti gang members "vandalize" the Harrison Center with their spun tags.

21 open studios.

Efroymson Studio/Gallery

Friday, May 1, 2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Murphy Building, Fountain Square, Suite 214

Photographs by Jeremy Efroymson. Stop by and see an exhibit of photos in his new studio in the Murphy Building, just down the hall from Big Car. Some of you may know the space as the former studio of Casey Roberts and Scott Grow.

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