Indianapolis sports may be heating up this weekend as the Butler University Bulldogs prepare to compete in the Final Four in Lucas Oil Stadium of their hometown. But Indianapolis art stops for no one. This Friday, along with the myriad of Final Four events happening around Indianapolis, the monthly IDADA First Friday Art Walk connects Indianapolis people to Indianapolis art galleries across the Circle City. Indianapolis art museums and galleries coordinate the opening of new exhibits to share with Hoosiers, who roam Indianapolis downtown for one magical evening, filling their eyes and minds with new art by Indianapolis artists. With more than 25 participating venues, each offering different perspectives, the Indianapolis Downtown Artist and Dealers Association (IDADA) First Friday Art Walk is a favored Indianapolis event. Here is a preview of what you may see if you take a walk through Indianapolis art Friday, April 2.
Big Car Gallery in Fountain Square hosts a release party Friday, April 2 for the latest edition of pLopLop, an arts zine dedicated to sharing innovation in the art world. Published by Big Car Gallery co-founder, John Clark, Big Car celebrates one of their own as the magazine celebrates more than two decades of sharing with the Indianapolis community.
Each issue contains paintings, drawings, ephemera, objects found and transformed, flyers, posters, documentary video clips, multimedia installations and visual art innovations. Big Car Gallery presents an homage to the past two decades of art in pLopLop, straight from the archives of John Clark. Take a walk through issues pasted of this celebrated, highly regarded and sporadically published art zine at Big Car Gallery in the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square.
The show at the Big Car Gallery runs through April 17. It reflects the “ongoing experimental and collaborative energies of the inventor of the zine — and pLopLop’s influences, contributors and fellow DIY pioneers as [they] work together to explore and transform the rugged terrain of an increasingly homogenized world.” The 12th issues of the art zine will be available for purchase for only $5.00 during April’s IDADA First Friday Art Walk.
Big Car Gallery
1043 Virginia Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203
This new(er) Indianapolis museum has quickly gained a reputation for attraction interesting national artists to the contemporary art scene in Indianapolis. Friday, April 2 at 6:00 pm, the doors to their latest offering, Seeing is Becoming, open to the Indianapolis community. This Indianapolis art show brings together the work of six artists, who “create objects that might be described as potential portraits.” By examining inherent ambiguity in all images, they treat visual perception as an interpretive act relying on both memory and imagination.
In Shizu Saldamando’s series Looking at Art, The Reception, the roles of viewer and of subject are reversed. Patrons attending the galleries open are drawn in ballpoint pen on canvas, making they themselves the artwork they have come to see. Another artist, Louis Bickett, has carefully archived the personal effects of a fictitious “Daddy.” The objects and their labels cause viewers to infer information about their absent owner.
Seeing is Becoming focuses not on giving answers, but rather asking questions. Or more specifically, causing viewers to ask questions of not only the art, but also themselves. Because viewers are encouraged, by the absence of any singular answer, to “fill in the blanks” they become an important of the artwork’s journey toward completeness. This show runs at IMOCA through May 15.
1043 Virginia Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Dean Johnson Gallery on Mass Ave shares the work of two talented artists in Objects by Ray Duffey and New Drawings by Tess Michalik. Though each artists works in different mediums, they share a similar minimalist aesthetic, making this exhibit an interesting collision. Ray Duffey explores the potential ambiguity of objects. Through refined sculpture and furniture, he emphasizes from and craft. Yet he consistently abstains from placing meaning on his work, giving the viewer the opportunity to discover individual meaning through different interpretations.
Tess Michalik works in paint and pencil to create drawings with their own formal messages. With beautiful brush work and effortless pencil strokes, Michalik creates simplistic work that, like Duffey’s sculpture, is open to interpretation. Move between the three-dimensional work of Ray Duffey and the two-dimensional drawings of Tess Michalik in a journey through minimalist vision. Discover new meaning in each piece and in the exhibit as a whole. Both artists will be shown at the Dean Johnson Gallery through May 1. Join them for an opening reception Friday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Dean Johnson Gallery
646 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The 17th Annual Stutz Artists Open House is only three weeks away (April 23 and 24). This anticipated Indianapolis art event offers the Indianapolis community a chance to celebrate (and purchase) the work of Indianapolis artists consistently showing at the Stutz Art Center throughout the year. This month, they dedicate their participation in IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk to a “One Peek Show.” Attendees on April 2 will get a sneak peek of the art to appear in the 17th Annual Stutz Artists Open House. More than that, patrons this Friday will have advanced opportunity to purchase artwork.
The “One Peek Show” is a great chance to plot a plan through the upcoming Stutz Artists Open House later this month. Find out which artists strike your fancy and hit their gallery first. With more than 70 participating artists, the Stutz “One Peek Show” will, undoubtedly, help dedicated art collectors take home pieces they truly love. Head to the Stutz Art Center in Indianapolis downtown Friday, April 2 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm to preview the upcoming Open House. And don’t forget to make your way back to the Stutz Art Center for their Open House on April 23 and 24.
Stutz Art Center
212 West 10th Street
IDADA First Friday Art Walk
Remember a host of other Indianapolis art galleries participate in IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk. Just because we haven’t previewed them doesn’t mean they are not worth checking out. Here is a complete menu of your choices for art fare this Friday, April 2.
- Art at Clowes Memorial Hall
- Herron School of Art, IUPUI
- Harrison Art Center
- Morris Butler House Museum, Hoosier Salon
- AV Framing Gallery
- 4 Star Gallery
- Amaco/Brent Contemporary Ceramic Gallery
- ART BANK
- Athenaeum Art Space
- Bona Thompson Memorial Center
- Carreno Studio and Gallery
- Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery
- Columbia Club Foundation
- Dormont Studio Gallery
- Edington Gallery
- Enroute Gallery
- Franklin Barry Gallery at The Frame Shop
- G.C. Lucas Gallery
- Kuaba Gallery
- LCi Gallery: at the Propylaeum
- McFee Gallery of Modern Art
- Ruschman Fine Art
- Shaker Press Books
- The Alkis Keramidea Museum of Art
- Villa dell’Austria
- Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage
Planning on doing some First Friday Art Walking this week? You are sure to work up an appetite with all that art and exercise. After you peruse these Indianapolis art offerings, grab dinner at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. Or converse about your favorite pieces over drinks at any of these refreshing Indianapolis bars.
Make Indianapolis downtown art galleries your playground this Friday in the IDADA First Friday Art Walk. And be sure to stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Get out in Indy and find some fun!
IDADA First Friday Art Walk
Friday, April 2, 2010