2006 Exhibitions

Above: Loretta Lux: Boy in Blue Raincoat 1, 2001, Ilfochrome print. Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. Collection of Lee Marks & John C. DePrez Jr., Shelbyville, IN.

Above: Loretta Lux: Boy in Blue Raincoat 1, 2001, Ilfochrome print. Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. Collection of Lee Marks & John C. DePrez Jr., Shelbyville, IN.

February 4 – March 18, 2006
Contradictory Impulses: a solo exhibition by Reanne Estrada

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is proud to announce Contradictory Impulses, an exhibition of original handmade artworks by Reanne Estrada. Estrada’s on-going work of free standing and wall hung packing tape and delicately cut erasers are based on the idea that every seven years the human body renews itself on a cellular level. She began the work in 2001 and she will continue to reconfigure, stick and re-stick, add and remove and develop her artworks until the year 2008 when her body has completely finished its renewing cycle. Estrada carries this message further by continuing to change and alter her works with every new location. The iMOCA exhibition will include existing works and site-specific installations.

Estrada, born in Manila, Philippines, now resides and works in Los Angeles, CA. Estrada’s unique work establishes a balance between the two and three dimensional worlds. Her process-intensive work is a comfortable combination of high-relief drawing and low-relief sculpture. These handmade pieces defy the information overload that is just part of everyday life in today’s digital society. Recalling the traditional task of creating art by hand gives her art a touch of delicate sensitivity. Her idea of the continual process of renewal of the body coincides with her continuously morphing art.

Exhibition made possible through the support of Katz & Korin, the Efroymson Fund, 92.3 WTTS, Arts Council of Indianapolis, NUVO, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Fund, IMC, Jim and Meg Irsay, Wayne Zink, and The Durfee Foundation.

Above: Reanne Estrada: Factus Black 18 (365), Detail, Erasers mounted on plexiglass. Courtesy of the artist and Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles


March 25 – May 6, 2006
I’m Brian Presnell: a solo exhibition by Brian Presnell

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is proud to present I’m Brian Presnell, an exhibition of new paintings and installations by Indianapolis based artist Brian Presnell. For his first solo exhibition, Presnell is creating over 50 paintings, sculptures and site specific installations borrowed from his earlier performances and videos. Presnell has incorporated this new media with the much more tangible and traditional practice of painting. By utilizing found, or ‘thrift store’ type paintings and making them his own, the artist has been able to take his characters off of the stage and screen and essentially cast them into a new narrative.

Presnell’s performances are documented via video and photography, excerpts of which are cut and collaged into paintings. The collaged aspects of the pieces include the artist’s diverse cast of characters taken from both regional and national fame. Characters such as Abe Lincoln who was carved from a silver maple tree by chainsaw in the artist’s back yard; Billy Bob, the Southerner who carved the tree along with his brother John Wayne; P. Nelson Swisher, an international socialite and Hollywood producer; Bobby Knight who does battle in a bicycle competition with the famed Wheelie Man; as well as the artist himself bring to light the diversity of Mr. Presnell. Presnell’s goal is to make his characters adapt humorously to the different surroundings of these paintings.

This exhibition marks the first solo exhibition by a local artist in iMOCA’s gallery at the historic Emelie Building and will be celebrated with the debut of a new catalogue on the work of Brian Presnell.

Exhibition made possible through the support of Katz & Korin, the Efroymson Fund, 92.3 WTTS, Arts Council of Indianapolis, NUVO, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Fund, IMC, Jim and Meg Irsay, Wayne Zink, Penrod Society, The Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Carter-Lee, Norwood, PRN Graphics, Editions Limited, and Firehouse.

Above: Brian Presnell. Courtesy of the artist.


May 12 – July 1, 2006
Untitled Projects: Auto Economies: a solo exhibition by Conrad Bakker

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is proud to announce Untitled Projects: Auto Economies, an exhibition of original handmade artworks by Conrad Bakker. This exhibition will be a series of three separate, interconnected projects that investigate the subtle intersections of capital and power that permeate general car culture and are specifically oriented to the car culture of Indianapolis.

Conrad Bakker lives and works in Urbana, IL and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in places such as the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art (Stockholm), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (North Adams), Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Art in General (New York) among many others.

Exhibition made possible through the support of Katz & Korin, the Efroymson Fund, 92.3 WTTS, Arts Council of Indianapolis, NUVO, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Fund, IMC, Jim and Meg Irsay, Wayne Zink, and The Durfee Foundation.

Above: Conrad Bakker. Courtesy of the artist.


July 15 – August 19, 2006
Peripheral View: New Installations by Jamie Pawlus and Ryan Wolfe

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is proud to announce Peripheral View: New Installations by Jamie Pawlus and Ryan Wolfe. This exhibition will include interior and exterior site-specific installations by Jamie Pawlus (Indianapolis) and Ryan Wolfe (San Francisco). Pawlus and Wolfe transform both man-made and natural landscapes causing the viewer to become more aware of their everyday surroundings.

Pawlus’s work involves the creation of conceptually based site-specific installations. Much of this work is expressed through a public vernacular; made with the same industrial grade sign materials used for public communication. The literal and visual imagery of her works are individual antidotes and anecdotal expressions of personal experiences. For this exhibition, Pawlus has created both interior and exterior installations, and celebrates, along with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the debut of her new installation on Massachusetts Avenue.

Wolfe’s work explores the idea that a memorable time, place or experience can be condensed in a singular, physical object that embodies the essential qualities of that experience. For Peripheral View, Wolfe will transform the north gallery into a simulated and computerized field of grass that encapsulates the experience of watching the rise and fall of a summer breeze across a field.

Exhibition made possible through the support of Katz & Korin, the Efroymson Fund, 92.3 WTTS, Arts Council of Indianapolis, NUVO, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Fundation, IMC, Wayne Zink, Jim and Meg Irsay, and the Indianapolis Foundation.

Above: Left: Ryan Wolfe: Sketch of a Field of Grass, Individually programmed circuits, mottors, sand and grass. Courtesy of the artist and Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, New York

Above: Right: Jamie Pawlus: Care/Don’t Care, Neon, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.


September 23 – October 21, 2006
Photographs, the work of Mpozi Mshale Tolbert (1972-2006)

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) is proud to announce Photographs, the work of Mpozi Mshale Tolbert (1972-2006). Taken from both his photojournalistic and fine art photography, this small retrospective will showcase Mpozi’s unique ability in capturing the American experience.

Moving to Indianapolis from Philadelphia in 1998 to work for The Indianapolis Star, Tolbert captured his subject matter, from the tragedy of the September 11th terrorists attacks to the most intimate moments between a father and daughter, with a simplicity and sophistication unmatched by his peers.

Above: Mpozi Mshale Tolbert. Courtesy of Indianapolis Star


November 4 – December 30, 2006
Home: Living with Contemporary Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present Home: Living with Contemporary Art. In conjunction with the iMOCA 101 series of panel discussions on collecting contemporary art, and with the support of Helmut Fortense and Form + Function, iMOCA will transform its gallery space into a domestic interior. Showcased amidst this setting will be some of the most provocative and innovative artworks currently in private collections throughout central Indiana.

Artists included in this exhibition include Josh Azzarella, John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Lucinda Devlin, Jeff Koons, Ellen Kooi, Loretta Lux, Shiran Neshat, Shazia Sikander, Rosemary Trockel, Banks Violette, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Kehinde Wiley and many others.

Exhibition made possible through the support of Form+Function, Katz & Korin, the Efroymson Fund, 92.3 WTTS, Arts Council of Indianapolis, NUVO, Allen Whitehill Clowes, IMC, Jim and Meg Irsay, and the Indianapolis Foundation.