2012 Exhibitions

December 2, 2011 - January 14, 2012
Fast Forward

iMOCA will host the exhibition, Fast Forward featuring the current work of past Efroymson Contemporary Arts fellows: Linda Adele Goodine, Emily Kennerk, Arthur Liou, Anthony Luensman, Brose Partington, Jamie Pawlus, Melissa Pokorny, Jennifer Reeder, Tyson Skross, and Tom Torluemke.

It was a difficult but exciting task for curator Paula Katz. “Ultimately, it was a balance of selecting at least one recipient from each cohort of awardees and artists we may not have seen on display recently in Indianapolis or in gallery settings,” said Katz.

Now in its 7th year, the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships were established to increase public awareness of contemporary art. The intent of the fellowship is to reward creativity and encourage emerging and established individual artists by supporting their artistic development. Since 2004, $700,000 has been awarded to 35 individual contemporary artists in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio.  The Efroymson Fellowships are made possible with support from the Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

The 2011 fellowship recipients will be listed at the opening reception after being announced on December 1.

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February 3 - March 17, 2012
Hard Targets

This exhibition takes on sports and masculinity as its central themes in a collection put together especially for iMOCA by Christopher Bedford, chief curator of the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Images of women—from the goddess Venus to the Virgin Mary—have long been a classic subject in visual arts. In Hard Targets, varied treatments of masculinity get a turn in the spotlight. Hard Targets seeks to revise and complicate our time-honored stereotypes of male athletes and athleticism (as aggressive, heterosexual, hypercompetitive, and remote) by presenting alternative, possibly more democratic, interpretations of subjects frequently revealed to us only in authorized and frankly commercial images. The artists in the show instead investigate sports and masculine identity through topics ranging from biology to business to celebrity, played out in locker rooms, stadiums, and advertising campaigns.

In the videos, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and installations of Hard Targets, you’ll find projects that are funny, irreverent, sexy, incisive, and poignant. Featured artists in the show are: Mark Bradford, Cary Leibowitz, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Opie,  Joe Sola, Hank Willis Thomas, and Jonas Wood.

In their examinations, you’ll discover how the ways we view and consume sports stars and athletic events are structured by systems of desire and identification more complex (and more fascinating) than most spectators and fans ever realize.

Listen to the the podcast of Indiana Humanities and iMOCA’s INconversation with Christopher Bedford.

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April 6 - May 19, 2012

iMOCA will celebrate ten years by bringing in artist LaToya Ruby Frazier to curate the most comprehensive display of her work, some of it never seen before, for her exhibit, Inheritance. Frazier will also bring, Tony Buba; the great documentary filmmaker from Braddock, PA whose films cover the crashing of the steel mill industry and the racial inequality of African American Steel Mill workers. Their work together spans the 20th and 21st Century of socio-economic change in Braddock PA. The similarities between Indianapolis and Braddock, PA and experiences of the African American populations of our two cities and others across America are part of what makes this work so exceptional and relevant to audiences of all backgrounds.

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s work is also currently on view in the 2012 Whitney Biennial in New York City. She has previously exhibited her work at The New Museum, MoMA PS1 and The Andy Warhol Museum. She was featured last fall on the PBS programArt 21.

Admission and parking are free. Hours are Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Made possible with support from The Efroymson Family Fund, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, Penrod Foundation, and Hotbed Creative.

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June 1 – July 21, 2012
The Natural World

The Natural World explores mankind’s desire to stay above the world’s natural order. The exhibit also examines the anxiety that desire causes for both artist and viewer. Tabitha Soren’s lush photographs of people running capture this tension. In Park’s video installation, nude participants are comfortable with their natural state but might cause viewers discomfort.

Curator Shauta Marsh first saw Soren’s photographs in McSweeney’s quarterly literary and art publication. “Her series of people running struck me. The pieces were theatric and sincere all at once. There’s genuine anxiety in the subject in many of the photos, and that’s what makes them beautiful.”

In Min Kim Park’s installation “Finding A Pose,” Marsh believes a similar discomfort may be felt by the viewer. The piece is projected larger-than-life unrehearsed movements of nude, female volunteers. “These are ordinary, young, white college coeds who have been given no detailed direction except a simple instruction of ‘finding a perfect pose which best describes them’,” says Park. “I capture not only the final pose but also the repeated attempts to get it right from the beginning.”

Soren’s Running Project started when she decided she wanted to make images at night that weren’t just about color and pictures of people which weren’t portraits. “I want to address the sensitivity of the human condition, causing us to think about our unease in the world. My static landscapes needed people on the verge of something. The most intense way I could think of visualizing that was to ask them to run. I started out shooting friends but eventually was able to also put myself in the uneasy position of shooting strangers.”

Soren shot the project in 15 states plus Mexico and Canada over the past three years. “For most of these shoots, I am asking a friend of a friend of a friend to get up at dawn, jump in a freezing lake, or do fifty wind sprints through the desert. These shoots are not easy on the subjects,” said Soren. “I was really moved by how generous people were with their time, how open they were to my crazy ideas and how collaborative the process ended up being. I found that people wanted the experience of making art. The resulting image for most of them was an afterthought.”

The tension between the still image and the cinematic in the Running images tap into a collective narrative which allows viewers easy access. The pictures don’t explain what happened just before or right after. The viewer is the one who decides why the runners are running and what happens next. Viewers have to mine their own secrets to fill in the story. “It was was easy to make nature seem wild but I wanted the people to be that way too. For me these images speak to the twists of fate in life that can unhinge us. I am exploring panic, mortality, resilience and havoc in this project. I am constantly amazed at what people are able to survive – and what they don’t.”

Soren was born into a US Air Force military family and grew up all over the world. She received a BA in Journalism and Politics at New York University and later studied photography at Stanford University and at California College of the Arts. Soren spent many years working in journalism.   Over the past ten years, her work has exhibited in Seattle, Washington, Santa Barbara, CA, Minneapolis, Minnesota, San Francisco, CA, Brooklyn, NY, Austin Texas, Princeton NJ. Public collections include the Oakland Museum of California, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern.  In 2010, she was a finalist for Photo Lucida; and won the Director’s Choice Award at Santa Fe CENTER, and was awarded the photography prize by the Museum of Modern Art’s Susan Kismaric at the Visual Arts Center of NJ.

Park was born in South Korea and has been exploring the issues revolving around gender, ethnicity and identity using performance, video, photography, sound and site installation. Her work draws much from her experience as a journalist in Korea News Daily and Korean American Broadcasting Co. in Chicago. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally. Her recent video work, “Perfect Asian Woman” is included in ArtDisk a DVD magazine, which was screened at two venues; Miami MOCA at Goldman Warehouse and Artificial Light 2006 during Art Basel Miami 2006. In addition, she has exhibited a collaborative interactive video installation in a group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe in Spring 2007. She is also a recipient of artist in residency in Bemis Center for Contemporary art and Rosenquist residency at North Dakota State University in 2009. She received a MFA degree in Photography from University of New Mexico in 2007 and has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University and St. John’s University. Currently she is an Assistant professor of Photography in Art and Design Department at Purdue University.

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August 3 – September 15, 2012
Charon’s Pantheon

California-based artist Myron Conan Dyal’s exhibit Charon’s Pantheon opens from 6-11 p.m. on Aug. 3 at iMOCA. Curated by Matt Kennedy of La Luz De Jesus Gallery, the exhibit will run through Sept. 15.

“There are very few figurative sculptors today who go beyond a documentary approach to the work and amoung those that do there are often limitations of technical skill, emotive power, and above all, vision. None of these criticisms could ever be leveled at Myron Conan Dyal,” says Kennedy.

Dyal is a modern mystic, classically trained musician, and self-taught artist. He has spiritual visions connected to temporal lobe epilepsy. His figurative and organic forms are derived from visions he experiences during epileptic seizures and from self-induced trances he encounters on the spiritual journey of his life-long struggle with epilepsy and its stigma. His work spans nearly three decades and includes more than 6,000 drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

Dyal makes his life-size statues out of paper-mache, mostly from local newspapers. Each is then painted before he performs a personal, Shamanistic ritual to instill the works with the spirit of the idols he has crafted. “The harvest of his labor is nothing short of wondrous,” says Kennedy.

Charon, featured in the show’s title, is Dyal’s spiritual guide. And this collection of the goddesses in Charon’s Pantheon is a true modern mythology, but one without prescribed dogma. Charon has been with Dyal ever since his “second birth,” as he terms it; a three-month coma at the age of four from which emerged a lifetime of visionary experiences. Charon is the unifying factor in Dyal’s life acting as a counterbalance to the dark forces. Flooded with images, he renders them in acrylic, graphite, watercolor, and ultimately papier mache; in large part because the immediacy accommodates his urgency to see objects in three-dimensional form. These icons are rendered in single colors; each in only one of the three alchemical cloaks of black, white and red.

While developing the concepts for this show, composer and friend Dr. Jennifer Logan developed an audio soundtrack for Dyal’s creations. Logan is the Director of the Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey and composer of both electro-acoustic and instrumental works. She wrote and performed a composition representative of each goddess within the pantheon that will play during the exhibition.

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October 5 – November 17, 2012
Color Me ______

We all like to have fun. We all like to play. And we all remember the simple joy of transforming black and white pages into visions of vibrant color. Humorous and welcoming, the work of Miller and Neyer connects people of all ages to fond memories of uninhibited and youthful creativity, to a time and place when the world was at the disposal of our imaginations. By inviting everyone to participate — to color — the work becomes a true collaboration, a game, and a chance for us all to harken back to our youth — something surrealist Andre Breton considered crucial to a life well-lived. “If man retains some lucidity, he cannot help turning back towards his childhood which, spoiled though it was by his trainers, seems to him to be full of charms,” Breton wrote. “Every morning children leave without anxiety. All is ready, the worst material conditions are excellent. The woods are white or black, they will never go to sleep.

Sublime is Not a Guilty Pleasure: Pieces of a Man Living Next Door to Nathaniel Hammond

Benny Sanders and Nathaniel Hammond

The world of Benny Sanders is a funny place: humorous, strange, surreal, crazy, sad, and sometimes lonely. And he often shares his real-world experiences — along with the thoughts in his head — in the virtual world, through Facebook updates and Tweets. This exhibit brings together these ideas and impressions with the street-video work of Nathaniel Hammond. Like Sanders, Hammond is an observer of Indianapolis — allowing his camera to reflect the people and energy of this city he wanders, often by bicycle. And the video by Hammond gives viewers an inside perspective of what goes on in his mind — and through his camera — on a daily basis. The exhibit also includes a book by Sanders written to commemorate the “bewildering times and awful memories” of living with a group of people next door to Hammond (one of the most inspiring people Sanders has met). The text and photos for the book come from online posts Sanders made in the last five years. – Curator Jim Walker

Andy J. Miller spent most of his formative years on the move with his family, from Indiana, New York and eventually the UK for college. As a child, he spent most of his free time escaping reality, in a fantasyland, doodling new characters to the casts of whatever was his latest obsession, from Ninja Turtles to Fraggle Rock. Now he has moved back to his birth state, Indiana, with his British wife Sophie, and beautiful daughter Dot. Working as a freelance illustrator, Miller splits his time between making band posters, filling up his make-believe universe NOD with new characters, writing analytic blog posts about being an artist and taking commissions from a range of clients, such as Urban Outfitters and Google.

Andrew Neyer is an Artist & Designer. He received his BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.  Andrew currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Jennifer, and their toddlers, Oliver & Laurelei.  Along with making art Andrew works as the Art Director & Head Curator at YES, a collaborative artist-run studio, gallery, and shop in Cincinnati.

Benny Sanders grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and studied printmaking at Ball State University (BFA 2006) with an emphasis on intaglio and woodcut. He says: “I have a part-time infatuation with the history of art and continuously study printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography and technological media in an attempt to become a sort of easygoing, modern renaissance man who is in touch with his own immaturity and mortality. He has recently been interested in pulling images and text directly from social networks to create books as a form of progressive conceptual documentation to create a ‘physical internet.’”

Photos from the opening.