2015 Exhibitions

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January 9 - March 20, 2015
Mound At Large: Trenton Doyle Hancock

Made possible thanks to a grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Influenced equally by the history of painting as by the pulp imagery of pop-culture, Trenton Doyle Hancock transforms traditionally formal decisions—such as the use of color, language and pattern—into opportunities to build narrative, develop sub-plots and convey symbolic meaning. Hancock’s works are suffused with personal mythology presented at an operatic scale, often reinterpreting Biblical stories that the artist learned as a child from his family and local church community. His exuberant and subversive narratives employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging in tone from comic-strip superhero battles to medieval morality plays and influenced in style by Hieronymus Bosch, Max Ernst, Henry Darger, Philip Guston and R. Crumb. Text embedded within the paintings and drawings both drives the narrative and acts as a central visual component.

As a whole, Hancock’s highly developed cast of characters acts out a complex mythological battle, creating an elaborate cosmology that embodies his unique aesthetic ideals, musings on color, language, emotions and ultimately, good versus evil. Hancock’s mythology has been translated to the stage in an original ballet, Cult of Color: Call to Color, commissioned by Ballet Austin and created by Trenton Doyle Hancock, choreographer Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds. The ballet performances debuted in Austin in April 2008. He created an original mural for the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, as well as a site-specific installation entitled, A Better Promise, at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA.

Trenton Doyle Hancock was born in 1974 in Oklahoma City, OK. Raised in Paris, Texas, Hancock earned his BFA from Texas A&M University, Commerce and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia. Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Institute for Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah and Atlanta; The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln; Canzani Center Gallery, The Columbus School of Art and Design, OH; Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Art Museum, WA; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Hancock’s work is in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; Columbus Museum of Art, OH; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill; Kemper Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea, Trento, Italy; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; University of Texas at Austin Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, TX; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA; Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University, Columbus; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Wichita State University, Ulrich Museum of Art, KS. The recipient of numerous awards, Trenton Doyle Hancock lives and works in Houston, TX.

All our programs and exhibitions are made possible with support from The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant), Buckingham, Foundation, The City of Indianapolis,The Christel Dehaan Family Foundation, The City of Indianapolis, The Glick Fund, The Efroymson Family Fund, Halstead Architects, The Herbert Simon Family Foundation, KEJ Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, The Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, The Netherleigh Fund, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Murphy Arts L.L.C., Penrod Foundation, and Big Car Art + Design.

Artist information courtesy of James Cohan Gallery.

Image: Trenton Doyle Hancock, Fucht Law, 2010, Lithography, collage, pigment stained paper, pigmented paper pulp and STPI handmade paper. Copyright the artist. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

Click here to see images from the exhibit and reception.

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February 6 - April 18, 2015
Your Catfish Friend: Philip Campbell

Indianapolis artist Philip Campbell’s floor-to-ceiling carved mahogany installation offers iMOCA visitors an opportunity to experience “work that people can touch.”

Over a year in the making, Campbell’s solo exhibition, Your Catfish Friend opens at iMOCA’s Murphy Art Center location at 1043 Virginia Avenue. It is a touching return to the facility as Campbell revitalized the former five and dime store building as an arts hub in 1999 before moving on to other pursuits in 2009.

“Campbell had the talent and charisma to have reputable gallery representation in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles but instead he stayed here and opened the Murphy Arts Center. He served other artists and the city,” says Shauta Marsh, former executive director of iMOCA and curator of the exhibit.

Best known for his photo-realistic drawings and paintings, Campbell has also been carving for more than 20 years. The 22.5 by 11.5 foot work made for “Catfish” and consisting of 26 panels is his first installation. It fills the north wall of the middle gallery. The front gallery will feature a plethora or work Campbell used to determine the final installation. It will include studies that determined the type of wood he’d use for carving, color tests and a few paintings also completed during the year it took for him to work on the installation.

In the past, much of Campbell’s work pushed limits in terms of subject matter. “Phil went through a very dark period both personally and in his work, that most artists/people, don’t make it out of,” says Shauta Marsh, curator. “But he has come full circle and iMOCA is very proud to share this new work.”

He sees his more recent work, much of it with wood, as his most personal. “They are from the heart,” says Campbell. “I have become the man I am supposed to be. I have come to appreciate my strengths and accept my weaknesses. I have learned what is important in life. To appreciate life. To understand that all we have is right now.”

Over the last 25 years, Campbell’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and published and collected around the world. He just finished a stint as an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellow.

The exhibit is titled “Your Catfish Friend” after a poem by the same name by beat poet Richard Brautigan. The poem didn’t inspire the piece. However, when the work was finished, Campbell happened upon the poem and felt it embodied it.

All our programs and exhibitions are made possible with support from The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant), Buckingham Foundation, The City of Indianapolis,The Christel Dehaan Family Foundation, The Glick Fund, The Efroymson Family Fund, Halstead Architects, The Herbert Simon Family Foundation, KEJ Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, The Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, The Netherleigh Fund, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Murphy Arts L.L.C., Penrod Foundation, and Big Car Art + Design

Click here to view a video about Your Catfish Friend.

Click here to see photos from the opening.

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April 8 - June 21, 2015
Worth Remembering: Kathryn Armstrong

The work of Kathryn Armstrong explores interdisciplinary methods of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography as a fluid language of possibilities. Her site-responsive installations often point toward the overlooked as a location for intervention and chance encounters. Armstrong is interested in situating the viewer within a living work of art, somewhere between the familiar and the unfamiliar.

In this special project, the artist invites the audience to participate in an interactive sculpture that builds over time. Visitors are asked to contemplate what is “worth remembering” before visiting the gallery and to bring items, such as photographs, handwritten notes, lucky coins or other personal memorabilia to contribute to a large installation in the gallery. By making a donation of a personal artifact, participants are forced to confront the significance that becomes imbued in treasured objects and the powerful act of surrendering such items.

In exchange for items left, the artist will offer participants the opportunity to select a small unique work of art. This gesture springs from Armstrong’s practice of offering visitors to her studio a small work on paper as a token of their experience. Armstrong has been working on paper for some time as a way to keep active in between larger installations. These small works on paper are often sections of larger works, which she has intentionally selected and removed as the “best” parts.

About Kathryn Armstrong
Armstrong’s recent site-responsive projects include the Napoleon gallery in Philadelphia, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids and the periscope: project: space in Salzburg, Austria, where she was the City of Salzburg artist-in-residence. Additional awarded residencies include the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and Ox-Bow School of Art. Her public art commissions include a temporary sculpture on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL and 34-piece installation on I-70 in Indianapolis funded by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Lilly & Co. in partnership with the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life. Armstrong received a BFA from Indiana University, an MA from Eastern Illinois University and an MFA from Herron School of Art & Design-IUPUI. She currently teaches at the Herron School of Art and Design-IUPUI and is an active board member of the Contemporary Art Society at Indianapolis Museum of Art.

All our programs and exhibitions are made possible with support from The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant), Buckingham Foundation, The City of Indianapolis,The Christel Dehaan Family Foundation, The Glick Fund, The Efroymson Family Fund, Halstead Architects, The Herbert Simon Family Foundation, KEJ Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, The Tracy L. Haddad Foundation, The Netherleigh Fund, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Murphy Arts L.L.C., Penrod Foundation, and Big Car Art + Design

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July 3 – September 20, 2015
The Droops: Long Gone

An exhibit of drawing, painting and installation. A collective of 6 local artists, The Droops draw from their immediate surroundings, ephemera and a shared small town experience. Their work appears graphic and bold but their content and concepts are revealed by the relationships and interactions of each artists’ imagery. For their 3rd collaborative exhibition The Droops aim to create a body of work that is more refined and cynical to depict their current and developing concepts.

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May 1 – July 23, 2015
Old Erik Came Wondering or Throw Steel Over Their Heads: Erik Ullanderson

Erik Ullanderson has no filter. His work mirrors the consumption of visual cultural in contemporary life and reflects endless scrolling of Instagram feeds, Tumblr blogs and Google search returns mixed with personal artifacts and memories. Old Erik Came Wondering or Throw Steel Over Their Heads draws heavily on Norse imagery sourced from pop culture and fantasy literature. The body of work presented here is comprised of three segments, complimented by a video installation by Animal Charm.

The first segment contains large portraits of the artist as a troll, all of which were commissioned by caricature artists at amusement parks. After enlarging these sketches on canvas, the artist worked over them with paint, referencing various figureheads of modern art including Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Gerhard Richter.

The second segment is comprised of the artist’s photographs of mushrooms, which he then painted over and sent to a friend who photographed them and posted the images to Instagram. Ullanderson then had the square Instagram images enlarged and printed on canvas. This complicated, multi-layered process raises questions of authorship and challenges the idea of the “authentic” object.

The final portion of this body of work is a large group of images depicting live action role players performing as Vikings. Culled from the internet and printed on paper, Ullanderson then paints over the printed images using his signature line work and characteristically bright colors. What appears to be quickly painted at first glance is actually the result of much consideration on the artist’s part, evidenced by copious notes that the artist makes prior to altering the images. The Viking themes reference Erik’s family ancestry, the heritage of his home in Minnesota and his deep interest in fantasy culture.

Erik Ullanderson was born in 1971 in Minnesota and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived and worked in the US and the Netherlands and now maintains a studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. His extensive travels and time in corporate life have greatly influenced his art practice, which includes traditional studio output, performance, video, and social practice. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and continues to produce as much as he can before he becomes incapable of producing any more.

This exhibition was curated by Scott Stulen, Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Special thanks to the Efroymson Family Fund for making this exhibition possible.

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August 7-9, 2015
Hoosier Salon vs. iMOCA

In this one weekend only competition iMOCA iNSIDERS and Hoosier Salon members are invited to present their work side by side to be voted on by the public and determine which pieces are the most popular. The creators of the top five favorite pieces in the show will win special prize packages.

TO PARTICIPATE: iMOCA iNSIDERS at all levels and Hoosier Salon members may present one work in the exhibition. Work must be dropped off and picked up during designated times. Two and three-dimensional works in all media will be accepted. Due to exhibition format, video works cannot be accepted. Works cannot exceed 30” in any one direction, including framing.

TO VOTE: iMOCA iNSIDERS will receive one or more voting ballots based on their membership level. Hoosier Salon members will receive one ballot. IMOCA iNSIDERS and Hoosier Salon members can purchase additional ballots for $5. Non-members can purchase voting ballots for $10.

Artwork drop off: Thursday, July 30, Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 from 12pm to 7pm.

Artwork pick up: Monday, August 10, Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12 from 12pm to 7pm.

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August 19 - October 31, 2015
Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers includes works by artists in a geocaching art scavenger hunt. Each artist has created miniature artworks, which are hidden throughout Fountain Square and the southern part of downtown and can be located using the GPS coordinates provided.

Full-size examples of each of the artist’s work will be on view to accompany the outdoor scavenger hunt August 19 – September 17 at iMOCA at the Murphy in Fountain Square.

Participants can locate the caches by typing the coordinates into Google Maps.

Brent Aldrich: 39.751868, -86.133435
Leticia Bajuyo: 39.752286, -86.140542
Lobyn Hamilton: 39.754588, -86.149351
Robert Horvath: 39.751601, -86.142319
Indy Droids: 39.758882, -86.146140
Jon Love: 39.763318, -86.144861
Copy Culture: 39.752481, -86.138670
Gautam Rao: 39.750054, -86.139679
Constance Scopelitis: 39.761720, -86.154236
Marna Shopoff: 39.757259, -86.144981
Jeffrey Teuton: 39.749727, -86.140705
Andrew Winship: 39.761390, -86.149133

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October 2 - November 19, 2015
After Fred Wilson

Samuel Levi Jones‘ “After Fred Wilson,” will open in the Murphy Building on October 2 and run through November 19. This solo exhibition features his newest work.

Jones’ work is informed by historical source material and early modes of representation in documentary practice. He explores the framing of power and struggles between exclusion and equality by desecrating historical material, then re-imagining new works. With an emphasis on race and superiority, Jones investigates issues of manipulation and the rejection of control in a broad sense.

Trained as a photographer and multidisciplinary artist, he earned a B.A. in Communications Studies from Taylor University and a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in 2009. He received his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in 2012. Jones recently won the Harlem Studio Museum’s $50,000 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize. He was born and raised in Marion, Indiana, he now lives in Chicago.

Jones is represented by PAPILLION in Los Angeles.

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October 2 - December 31, 2015
Choose Your Own Adventure

Justin Chase Lane’s solo exhibition, “Choose Your Own Adventure,” will open in the CityWay Location on October 2 and run through December 31, 2015.

Lane’s work portrays the dilemmas and enigmas he finds in both ancient and contemporary society. It takes into account the mystical world of play and surreal and imagined events. “Choose Your Own Adventure” includes photographs and drawings. They represent the miniature and life-sized tableaus that he fabricates and photographs. His intention is to create scenes that evoke feelings that range from despair to playfulness.

Lane earned a BFA from the Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University and an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of New Mexico. He was a 2013-14 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow (Arts Council of Indianapolis). Born and raised in Indianapolis, he now lives and works in Seattle, WA.