Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Weekend Preview: September Kick Off, take 1

Well folks, its that time of the year again.  The September, Fall kick off to the art gallery season. While we may have lost one of the key galleries in the city this summer, this autumn looks to be moving forward. I have been busy this past few weeks preparing for a show of my own work that opens this Friday at MarX Gallery in Covington, KY so I unfortunately will not be out and about for the First Friday festivities and events. For those of you who are up for a short road trip and want to check out my show this Friday, I have posted the show and gallery information at the bottom of this post. I also helped to organize the show that opens at Mt. Comfort this Friday, so I would like to give that show a thumbs up. I have curated Chicago based artist, Adam Ekberg, in a show in the past and have long enjoyed his works. It should be a good show. Then again, there seems to be a number of good things lined up this weekend. Here are some of them. Hope all have a good time this weekend and at least make it out to one or more events. Enjoy.

Mt. Comfort (a space for champions):

(Adam Ekberg, The view through my window, 2007,
image Courtesy of Thomas Robertello Gallery Chicago)
"Signs of life"
recent photographs by Adam Ekberg
September 4th - September 25th, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4th, 5 pm - 11 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, Noon - 5 pm and by appointment

Mt. Comfort (a space for champions) is pleased to open the fall gallery
season with an exhibition of work by Chicago based artist Adam Ekberg. This
exhibit will present a selection of recent photographs by the artist. The
exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, September 4th from 5 until 11pm 
and continues through September 25th, 2009.

Adam Ekberg uses large and medium format cameras as well as video to
document performances, constructions and lens-based phenomena; his images
function as traces of a presence. The photographed interventions range from
very simple gestures to elaborate stagings; what they have in common is an
implied trace. This residual presence is established through a host of
different strategies - juxtaposing banality with the phenomenal this body of
images explores the activation of environments through gesture and lens

This exhibition was made possible with the help and collaboration of the
artist and Thomas Robertello Gallery Chicago.

Adam Ekberg currently lives and works in Chicago. He graduated with an MFA
from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an
instructor of photography at both SAIC and the Hyde Park Art Center. Ekberg
is currently represented by Thomas Robertello Gallery in Chicago, has
exhibited extensively across the country and has works in the collections of
the Cleveland Clinic, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the
Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL.   

Mt. Comfort (a space for champions)
1651 English Ave. (corner of State and English)
Indianapolis, IN 46201
(317) 522-6857
Big Car Gallery:

September's show: your collages

Friday, Sept. 4 , 6-11 p.m. at Big Car

Big Car's First Friday opening features the products of our collaborate collage party on Aug. 28. Lots of people showed up at Big Car, made great collages and attached them to the gallery walls. Come check out their work and add your own as part of IDADA's First Friday gallery tour. 

[Of note, Big Car Gallery has a number of events planned for this month, more on those events later.]

For more information visit,

ArtBox Gallery:

New paintings by 
Caleb Weintraub, 
Andrew Winship, and
William Denton Ray.

This exhibit features three local narrative painters working
in a genre best described as “Fairy Tale gone Bizarro.”
Although these artists share this common theme, the show
examines their contrasting approaches to the format. The
works range from extemely large canvases, to miniatures,
and skewed picture planes.

Exhibition dates: Sept 4th, 2009 – Sept 30th, 2009
Opening reception will be Friday, Sept. 4th from 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Exhibition location: ARTBOX in the Stutz 2 building.
217 West 10th Street suite 125, Indianapolis, IN 46202 317-955-2450, 
gallery hours Tues.-Fri. 11-5 and by appt.
Entrance and parking on 900 block of Senate Ave.

Stutz Gallery:

"Appropriating Nature"

Two of the city’s most talented, emerging artists will be exhibiting some of the work they’ve produced during their year-long Stutz Residency.  As the 2008-2009 Stutz Residents, Mark Pack and William Denton Ray were awarded free studio space and utilities in the Stutz Building for one year. 

The exhibition, “Appropriating Nature,” opens Sept. 4 at Stutz Art Space at noon with a public reception at 5 p.m.  It runs through Sept. 25. 

Pack’s work is contemporary and abstract.  He references nature in a more archeological way, building his paintings in layers, then incising and drilling out 'specimens' that allude to the fossils and rock displays that might be found in a natural history museum.  Ray’s work is stylized and detailed.  He takes natural forms and figures and gives them a sleek, urban look that’s often described as whimsical, energetic and primitive.

About Mark Pack
Pack, 31, is a contemporary painter who defines his artistic process as one of cultivation rather than manufacture.  He received is BFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 2001 and his MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, graduating with honors.  Since then, Mark has been in numerous juried exhibitions, including a group show at the University of Mary Washington that was juried by Dr. Jonathon Binstock, curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

About William Denton Ray
Ray, 35, is a mixed media artist and graphic designer who utilizes graphic and traditional methods to create unique visual experiences.  He studied art at the Columbus College of Art and Design, the University of Indianapolis and Herron School of Art at IUPUI.  His work was honored as Best in Show at Allotropy and he was commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to produce a picture window in the Chase Building.  He is active in the local arts community, participating regularly in such events as Oranje, Masterpiece in a Day and Visual Fringe. He is the senior designer at ExpoDesign.

Harrison Center for the Arts:

September 4, 6-10pm - The Harrison Center and Emberwood Center present Mythellaneous. In Gallery No. 2 - the Myths of Addiction with work by Austin Dickson, Elyce Elder, Mike Mayer, Mark Alan Miller and Kipp Normand.  In the Harrison Gallery, Medical Myths with work by Jeremy Efroymson, Austin Dickson and Erin K. Drew.  In Hank & Dolly's Gallery - Growing Spaces, new work by Maren Bell. Open Studio Night.

AV Framing Gallery:


a retrospective of works by Darrell L. Anderson

Over a decade ago, Darrell L. Anderson relaxed from the exhibition schedule in order to concentrate on his artwork, his method, and how these two disparate parts of an artist’s career collide. Like smashing an atom, Anderson found his freedom in what he calls “colour form”.

It is work based on layers, alway
Friday, September 4th, 5pm-9pm

wUG LAKU Studio and Garage:

"A little Madness"
Lydia Burris
Catherine Burris

Opening Reception, September 4th, 6pm-9pm


SoFa Gallery (Bloomington, IN):

The Canary Project: Works on Climate Change 2006-2009
Opening! Friday, September 4

Lecture by Edward Morris and Susannah Sayler
 "33 Provocations on Climate Change"
5:30pm Radio/TV 251

Performance by Joshua Kit Clayton
"Focus Softens Circles"
 7:00 pm SoFA Gallery

Reception: 7:00 - 9:00 pm SoFA Gallery

The School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University is proud to present a new exhibition by The Canary Project titled The Canary Project: Works on Climate Change 2006-2009. This exhibition will open Friday, September 4 and continue through Friday, October 9, 2009. Canary Project co-founders Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris will give a lecture about their work Friday, September 4 at 5:30 in Radio/TV 251. The Opening Reception will follow, Friday, September 4, 7:00-9:00pm, featuring a performance by artist Joshua Kit Clayton in the SoFA Gallery. All events are free and open to the public
Renowned as innovators in the field of interdisciplinary and activist art, The Canary Project produces visual media and artworks about the single issue of climate change. This exhibit brings together works by more than a dozen Canary Project artists, including Sayler and Morris. Collectively these works explore ways in which the prospect of catastrophic climate change challenges the limits of human comprehension and agency. The exhibition posits that these challenges can be a source of inspiration, melancholic beauty, engagement or defeat.

In the west gallery will be a new installation by Sayler/Morris that juxtaposes objects selected from various collections at Indiana University, with Sayler's large-scale photographs of landscapes where, according to scientists, impacts of climate change are evident. The interlacing of archival objects and recent photographs represents an extreme collapsing of time and a suggestion of what is at stake in this present moment. Objects on view include material from collections at the Mathers Museum, the Biology Department, the Lilly Library and the Deem Herbarium, all at Indiana University.

Other work employed in this exhibit includes an installation by Sayler/Morris titled Quartet for the End of Time that uses poker as a metaphor for negotiation and decision-making; a gallery intervention by Joshua Kit Clayton that will involve conversations with gallery viewers and planned focus groups; Green Patriot posters by Michael Bierut, Nancy Skolos, and others arranged in a giant collage by Diego Guitterez; and an inaugural Canary Stories audio piece by Amanda Burr. Several past Canary Project collaborations will also be employed including: an installation by Joshua Kit Clayton titled Moment; video and installation by Jon Santos titled Sublimation of Ice; Increase Your Albedo! dresses by Annie Murdock; and HighWaterLine, a documentation of a performance/intervention by Eve Mosher..

MarX Gallery (Covington, KY):

"i decree today"
recent works by :
Scott Grow . Indianapolis . Indiana
Jeffrey Cortland Jones . Cincinnati . Ohio
Joe Saunders . Nashville . Tennessee
Douglas Witmer . Philadelphia . Pennsylvania

i decree today is simply an exhibition about the current state of abstract painting.

September 4 – 25
MarX Gallery
520 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011
Opening reception : Friday . September 4 from 6 to 10p

1 Responses to “Weekend Preview: September Kick Off, take 1”

Lirio said...
September 3, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I REALLY like the Darrell Anderson painting!

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