2016 Exhibitions

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December 4, 2015 – January 23, 2016
There is a Child in Me

There is a Child in Me is a new solo exhibition featuring Marco Querin’s newest work and new site specific installation.

A native of Milan, he worked for some time in Europe and now lives in Indianapolis with his family. He has shown at numerous international venues including exhibitions in London, Dubai and Mumbai.

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January 12 – March 20, 2016
Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer: Animal Umwelt

The exhibition Animal Umwelt brings together the work of Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer as well as select works from the Endangered Species Print Project, which the two artists conceived in 2009.

JENNY KENDLER is a Chicago and Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist, wild forager & social entrepreneur. Her intimate sculptures and interactive public projects have been exhibited nationally & internationally at museums and public venues, including the Albright-Knox (Buffalo), the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis), the Kochi Biennale (India), the Yeosu Art Festival (Korea) Exit Art  (NYC) and Gallery 400 (Chicago). She stewards two arts non-profits, as Vice President of artist residency ACRE, and a member of Threewalls’ Community Cabinet. She co-founded artist website service OtherPeoplesPixels and the Endangered Species Print Project.

In One Hour of Birds Kendler invites the public to collaborate with her in creating the artwork itself. Participants in the project are asked to look through the lens of a camera for one hour, photographing every bird that comes through their field of view. As time passes, the exercise becomes one of pure seeing, engaging the senses in a way that is unusual in the contemporary world of speed and screens. The unedited hour of images are sent to the artist, who combines them in Photoshop using a simple set of rules—creating a single image of that hour of attentiveness.

The project asks us all, participants and viewers, to re-tune our senses to the non-human world, and reinvest in a more open awareness of nature. Viewed as it was by many participants as a meditative or healing practice, One Hour of Birds also suggests the possibility that an embedded and sustained awareness of the natural world can be a path to deep well being.

One Hour of Birds will grow as it is exhibited, and is continues to be open to contributions. Find more information at: JennyKendler.com

MOLLY SCHAFER is a Chicago-based artist, illustrator, and co-creator of the Endangered Species Print Project. Her art and illustration work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including City Creatures at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago), Dress/Sheild at Lump Gallery (Raleigh), Exit Art (NYC), Kristi Engle (Los Angeles) Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh) and Lollapalooza 2007. Her zines are included in the Sarah Dyer Collection at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture at Duke University Libraries. Schafer’s art and projects have been featured in Uppercase magazine, Orion Magazine, Businessweek, The American Scholar, Juxtapoz, ReadyMade Magazine, Gapers Block, Amelia’s Magazine, and Mankind Magazine among others.

Schafer’s drawings are inspired by a stay on the the isolated Assateague Island, where she was accompanied only by her arctic-looking house cat and was able to enact her life-long longing to reside in a specific narrative – an orphaned girl, all alone in the wild save for an animal sidekick. This narrative can be found in novels like Island of the Blue Dolphins, Julie of the Wolves, Reindeer Moon and Bear Daughter. Most of these books do not have illustrations, only cover art, which is the inspiration for the narrative drawings Schafer created.

In 2009 Kendler and Schafer co-founded THE ENDANGERED SPECIES PRINT PROJECT, which has raised more than $14,000 for conservation. The project brings art and conservation together in the form of unique art prints that raise funds for conservation efforts. The ESPP creates limited-edition prints of endangered species, with the number of prints created for each species matching its wild population count. Proceeds benefit each animal or plant represented in a print. They started the Endangered Species Print Project as a way to directly support conservation efforts and biodiversity on Planet Earth. So far 19 other artists have joined the project. For information on the project: www.endangeredspeciesprintproject.com.

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February 5 – March 19, 2016
Elena Lavellés, Artur Silva and Elizabeth Webb: Transaction Boundaries

Transaction Boundaries features the work of artists Elena Lavellés, Artur Silva and Elizabeth Webb. The artists’ collaborative installation of video, photographs, objects and text examines how religious and economic systems in Cuba have impacted the nation’s culture both historically and presently. Using Santeria (a religion born from the blending of West African traditions and Catholicism) as a reference, the artists look at how this and other forms of syncretism have been and can be used to subvert power relations and ensure cultural survival.

The recent reopening of U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba in August 2015 provides an interesting framework for the project.

Lavellés, Silva, and Webb currently live and work in Los Angeles.

From Madrid, Lavellés is a visual artist with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She has shown work in Singapore, Argentina, Spain, Mexico and the U.S. She has received several grants, fellowships and residency awards in Mexico, Spain and Singapore.

Artur Silva was born in Brazil and lived for some time in Indianapolis, where he was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship in 2013-2014. He has shown work at the University of Chicago Smart Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands. He is currently completing his MFA at CalArts.

Elizabeth Webb is an artist and filmmaker who is currently completing a dual MFA in Film and Photography at CalArts. Her work explores issues surrounding race and identity using her family history of migration and racial passing to explore larger, systemic constructs. She has exhibited in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Germany and was a recipient of the inaugural Allan Sekula Social Documentary Award in 2014.

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April 1 – June 19, 2016
Amy Pleasant: Parts and Pieces

Amy Pleasant received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She has held solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, Auburn University, Candyland, Stockholm, Sweden, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The Ruby Green Center for Contemporary Art, Rhodes College, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Her work has been included in group shows at the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, the Knoxville Museum of Art, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, The Hunter Museum of American Art, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Wiregrass Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, The Mobile Museum of Art, and the U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic.

Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Sculpture, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, artforum.com, Art Papers, Bad at Sports and BURNAWAY.

She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award for 2015.

Amy Pleasant currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama and is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York and whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information: http://amypleasant.com/

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April 1 – May 28, 2016
James Wille Faust: Color Meditations

Color Meditations, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and video, presents a selection of the last two years of James Wille Faust’s studio production. Faust is widely known for his abstract paintings and sculptures that employ color to convey emotion and meaning, often with the use of illusionistic effects. Color Meditations refers to the specific body of work within this exhibition where the artist implements large areas of pure color forming arcs and chords as a form of visual meditation.

A second grouping of paintings highlights other recent work, which incorporates Faust’s signature shadows and illusionary effects. The third component of this exhibition adds dimensionality to Faust’s wall-based work. These sculptural paintings include spheres and bowl shapes. Subtle illusions complement the three-dimensional forms in these works. Lastly, Faust has created a new body of sculptural maquettes, which feature floral motifs in vases. Each of these flower and vase motifs is mounted on the gallery walls and yet playfully appears as a fallen vessel.

For this exhibition, Faust has also created a video documentary that highlights the world that surrounds his studio and from which he derives much inspiration. As the video exemplifies, nature is inseparable from Faust’s artistic practice. A brief experimental piece, called Passing Shadows, also included on the digital video, is on view for the first time in Color Meditations.

Faust received his bachelor of fine arts from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, and his masters of fine arts from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. His work has been included in many regional and national exhibitions.

Funding for this exhibition is made possible by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation with additional support from Steven C. Pettinga and Michael G. Byrum.

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June 3 – July 23, 2016
Sarah McKenzie: White Walls

Sarah McKenzie’s work captures architecture in transition. Her work has depicted hotel rooms and parking garages, spaces that are specifically designed to accommodate the temporary; spaces that are fluid rather than fixed. Along these lines, her newest body of work focuses on exhibition spaces–the architecture of museums and galleries.

McKenzie’s work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Yale School of Architecture, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. In 2012, she received a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant. A former professor at Cleveland Institute of Art, she now works fulltime in her studio in Boulder, Colorado. She is represented by the David B. Smith Gallery in Denver.

This exhibition is supported by Centaur Gaming.

For more information: sarahmckenzie.com

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June 3 – July 23, 2016
Kate Carr: (Un)Folds

Kate Carr’s chooses materials for her sculptures that are associated with utility, usually very familiar (such as felt and plywood), though overlooked in our daily lives. The formal quality that concerns her most is line, the simplest mark that both differentiates while connecting space. She uses simple geometric forms as they allow her materials to be seen and encountered clearly, unencumbered by their shape.

Carr is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Rachel Allen Printmaking Fellowship and the MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She has been a Ucross Foundation Resident in Wyoming, and an artist-in-residence at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, NM, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She received the award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center in 2003. She is represented by Garvey|Simon Art Access in New York.

For more information: garveysimon.com/artists/kate-carr

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July 1 - September 29th, 2016
Benjamin Johnson: Spacetime

The Indianapolis artist Benjamin Johnson opens the first of two part exhibition at iMOCA’s CityWay Gallery.  Spacetime depicts imagery of the moon throughout the lunar cycle. This new work, created specifically for this exhibition, includes 20 vitreography prints and the 7 panels used to create the prints. The glass panels were created with sand blast resist and diamond-engraving techniques creating a unique surface texture in the prints. This exhibition will run July 1 – Sept. 29, 2016.

This exhibition is supported by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.

The second part featuring Johnson’s work will take place July 30 – August 29, 2016 in iMOCA’s Window Gallery in Fountain Square. Johnson’s installation will feature a nine by fourteen foot installation of hand-pulled hot glass cane created using UV reactive materials and lit using special UV LED lighting, which will make the entire piece glow in the window space.

Johnson’s art, typically abstract and often inspired by occurrences in everyday life, is developed from his an interest in color theory and texture. He uses both of those factors to create patterns in his decorative work that not only reveal layers within the glass, but also create a surface texture that is unique to his creations. Working on both large-scale installations and individual sculptural pieces, makes Johnson’s practice unique among artists creating contemporary glass.

Johnson holds a BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from Ball State University. His education in glass extended beyond the university setting at the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy. His work has been shown in a number of exhibitions throughout the U.S. He has been published in Art Glass Today and the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review.  Johnson has been a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship Grant Award, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, and Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group Jerry Raphael Fellowship. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in contemporary glass at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ.

For more information: www.benjaminjohnsonglass.com

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August 5 - September 24, 2016
Habeas Corpus

Curated by Indianapolis-based artist and curator Michael Milano, Habeas Corpus features the work of five artists––Daniel Baird, Edmund Chia, Jessica Labatte, Kelly Lloyd and Leah Mackin––that presence the body through mediation. At a time in which a large portion of our lived experience is virtual, these artists reassert the hand––and, by extension, corporeality––through digital and analog means. The works serve to remind us of our shared embodiment, as well as our physical engagement with our material and technological worlds.

Daniel Baird (Chicago, IL) takes a very long view of humanity’s relationships to technology, from the Cenozoic Era to the Posthuman. Prioritizing the materiality of technology, works such as When I are created with aluminum, acrylic, Apoxie, 3D printed hardware, water, dye, plastic, rubber, cave dust and paint, highlighting the importance and persistence of touch through time. / danielgbaird.com

Edmund Chia’s (Singapore) abstract paintings and sculptures also demonstrate a deep commitment to materials. His series of modestly scaled work, including Diagram for New Architecture (Transition 00), consists primarily of embroidery, burlap and paint. By employing the intimate process of embroidery for mark-making, Chia reveals the presence of the hand and body at close range without relying on overt performative strategies. / edmundchia.com

For nearly a decade, Jessica Labatte (Chicago, IL) has explored the relationship between photography and abstraction, combining historical and conceptual approaches to construct images. For her Spotting series, Labatte and her studio assistants remove dust from film using Photoshop. Once the assistant has finished erasing the dust, Labatte inverts the color to reveal all the individual marks that the assistant has made. The results are visually arresting compositions which preserve the individual gestures of both Labatte and her assistants. / jessicalabatte.com

Kelly Lloyd’s (Baltimore, MD) piece “I painted the columns the color of my skin” addresses the politics of race and gender. Installed on select columns inside iMOCA with a paint roller––to remove any gestural evidence of the hand––the piece points to the polemics surrounding the black female body as an object of discourse, while simultaneously erasing the body as both a site of touch and physical pleasure. / k-lloyd.com

Much of Leah Mackin’s (Pittsburgh, PA) work involves interventions with and within mechanical reproductive technologies, such as photocopiers, inkjet and 3D printers. Mackin, a printmaker with a specific interest in bookmaking, investigates the mechanisms, materials and objects of distribution, namely prints, images, multiples and editions. Her graphite Folded drawings on synthetic Yupo paper directly reveal traces of the hand as she interacts, folds and manipulates the surface of this otherwise cold and artificial material. / leahmackin.com

Michael Milano is an artist, writer and curator living and working in Indianapolis. He received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. He has shown at Elmhurst Museum of Art, Devening Projects, Roots & Culture, threewalls, Trunk Show, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and has written for Surface Design, Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Bad At Sports. He is a founding member of A\M, a curatorial collective based in Indianapolis. michaelmilano.net / www.amweb.site

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is supported from grants and funding from the Efroymson Family Fund, The Indianapolis Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Halstead Architects, ESL-Spectrum, R&M Electric, Buckingham Foundation, Murphy Arts Center, and the City of Indianapolis.

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October 7 - December 31, 2016
Unloaded

Unloaded presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by 19 artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and use of firearms, across demographic categories.  They examine and represent the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies, suicide rates, individual and mass murder, domestic violence, and the militarization of civilian life.

This is a two part exhibition:
iMOCA at the Murphy October 7 - November 19
iMOCA at CityWay  October 7 - December 31

Gun ownership and control is a divisive topic in this country.  The artists in Unloaded visualize the power of the gun as icon and instrument, the damage it can do and how weapons might be rejected, broken or silenced. Some show the power that guns wield in our daily realities and personal fantasies.  Others mourn and resist that power, doing everything they can to take it away, believing there are better ways to resolve conflicts, ensure safety and keep the peace.

A special Indianapolis only installation by Tom Hubbard entitled Recoil will feature 50 porcelain monochromiatic handguns each stamped with data, quotes and facts related to guns, attempting not to favor one camp over the other in the gun control debate.

Featured Artists:
Lauren F. Adams
Nina Berman
Joshua Bienko
Casey Li Brander
Anthony Cervino
Mel Chin
Cathy Colman
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James Duesing
Jessica Fenlon
Vanessa German
Tom Hubbard
Jinshan
Andrew Ellis Johnson
Jennifer Nagle Myers
Adrian Piper
Don Porcella
Susanne Slavick
Renee Stout
Stephanie Syjuco

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is supported from grants and funding from the Efroymson Family Fund, The Indianapolis Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Halstead Architects, ESL-Spectrum, R&M Electric, Buckingham Foundation, Murphy Arts Center, and the City of Indianapolis.