2017 Exhibitions

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January 8 - June 21, 2017
Sarah Hobbs: Psychological Traces

Sarah Hobbs is known for work that “examine(s) concepts that involve the human psyche: neuroses and compulsions that challenge us all, questioning the idea of normal and illustrating our attempts to cope with and manage our issues.”

Hobbs creates installations in living spaces such “Alarmist (Motel 6)” that features a tent and objects hoarded by a survivalist; or, the room with walls clad in gold metallic sheets that features the iconic refreshment tables found at high school proms in “Prom Forever.” Hobbs then photographs these displays and presents them in human-scale color photographs.

Hobbs grew up in Columbus, GA. She has received several awards and honors including the Walker Evans Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe and an Artadia Grant. She was among the Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 in 2011 and a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award.

Her work is found in collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbus Museum of Art (GA) Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.

For additional information about the artist click here.

iMOCA 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 Companies, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Arthur Jordan Foundation, ArtsAlliance for Contemporary Glass, Centaur Gaming, 20×200, Bluebeard and Edington Gallery.

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January 6-22, 2017
Foreword

A pop up exhibition at Cat Head Press featuring Indianapolis based artists celebrating the future of iMOCA.

Participating Artists:
Amy Applegate
Joann Green
Katie Hudnall
John L. Krauss
Ben Martinkus
Quincy Owens
D. Del Reverda-Jennings
Dominic Senabaldi
Ates Uçul
Jessica Uçul
Andrew Winship

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February 3 - April 15, 2017
Museum of Real and Odd

The truth is out there. And so is the art. In partnership with Big Car, we bring the work of 13 contemporary artists exploring the idea of UFOs and the paranormal to the Tube Factory at 1125 Cruft Street.

iMOCA’s Museum of Real and Odd, curated by Jeremy Efroymson, is a commissioned exhibit with artists from around the country making new work for the show. After an open call for submissions received 250 proposals, Efroymson selected the 13 artists: Nayda Collazo-Llorens in collaboration with Ander Monson, Scott Raymond & Heather Abels, Jennifer Scheuer, Ed SYKES, Robert Thurlow, Katy Unger, Alex Grabiec, Julio Orta, Pato Hebert, Cassandra Klos, Josh Haines, and Michael Jordan, aka Alkemi.

While enthusiastic about all the work, Efroymson is especially excited about Julio Orta’s piece Museum of Art on the Moon. “It was commissioned for this show and is an interesting concept,” says Efroymson. “Orta, originally from Mexico and living in L.A., is drawing conceptual architectural plans and has even purchased land for the museum on the moon. I haven’t seen the final piece but I’m looking forward to it. He can continue on with this project after this show.”

Efroymson feels high-caliber artists are well poised to remove some of the negative associations with the unknown. “The folklore and mythology of the paranormal has really saturated our society,” he said. “Especially with the ghost hunter shows on television and the prevalence of the topic in movies.  I remember the movie Poltergeist from my childhood, which really scared me. While we still have scary movies, I think maybe we now have a more open view to paranormal experiences of a positive nature. I’ve seen shows and artwork that deal with these topics, but they are not always of the best quality. I wanted to curate a show on these topics with high quality art and artists.”

About Jeremy Efroymson: Jeremy is an artist, philanthropist, arts activist and advocate for small grassroots organizations. As Vice President of the Efroymson Family Fund, Jeremy advises and supports organizations that contribute to the arts and the cultural vibrancy and enrichment of Indianapolis, Indiana, and beyond. He’s particularly passionate about supporting creative ideas, innovation and artistic talent. He was the first executive director of iMOCA and the vision behind the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships, an annual awards program that provides five $25,000 awards to contemporary visual artists in the Midwest.

About Big Car: An Indianapolis-based 501c3 nonprofit formed in 2004, Big Car uses creative placemaking as a catalyst to a better city. By providing and supporting unique, educational, participatory, playful and personal experiences, Big Car engages people of all ages and backgrounds in art making and creative problem-solving — inspiring them to be creative thinkers and involved, connected citizens. Our mission: We bring art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to transform communities. Learn more at www.bigcar.org

iMOCA 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 Companies, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Arthur Jordan Foundation, ArtsAlliance for Contemporary Glass, Centaur Gaming, 20×200, Bluebeard and Edington Gallery.

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June 30 - December 31, 2017
Heeseop Yoon: Connecting the Lines

Heeseop Yoon is known for her large-scale line drawing installations and intricate black and white drawings.  Yoon’s work is about memory and perception within cluttered spaces, places where everything is jumbled and time becomes ambiguous without the presence of people. As Yoon explains, “I construct a view and then I draw freehand without erasing. As I correct ‘mistakes’ the work results in double or multiple lines, which reflect how my perception has changed over time and makes me question my initial perception.”

Connecting the Lines is a site-specific drawing installation made with ¼’’ black masking tape and Mylar. “In my drawing I am interested in depicting the subject of clutter in the interior spaces such as storage spaces, junkyard and thrift stores, the places where everything is jumbled, stacked, disorganized and filled with the random debris of our life. I search for these kinds of spaces wherever I travel and photograph the spaces to use as resources of my drawings. The drawings in ‘Connecting the Lines’ depict the piles of defunct everyday objects from multiple locations across the world including my parents’ basement in Korea, woodshop at the City Collage of NY, thrift store in Main and junkshop in Germany. By representing these claustrophobic environments and defunct objects from the different parts of the world I am interested in recording things from the lost spaces to create the opportunity to direct the viewer’s active gaze and discovering experience in the space. The installation encourages the viewer to consider memory, perception, and also to explore the space with different perception.”

Heeseop Yoon was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She holds her BFA from Chung-ang University, Seoul, Korea and an MFA from City College of New York. She has had solo and two-person shows at Triple Candie, March Gallery, and Bose Pacia, all in NYC; Arario Gallery, Seoul; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.

Other exhibitions include MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; The Bronx Museum, NY; Seoul Arts Center, Korea; China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), Australia and Media Art Center, Beijing, and has participated in several residencies such as the Lower East Side Printshop, Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation; Skowhegan School of Painting, and Artist Alliance Inc., all NY, and Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Germany. She recently finished her first public mural installation in Italian Market in Philadelphia. Yoon currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Her work may be seen at: http://www.heeseopyoon.com

This exhibition is presented in partnership with iMOCA, Buckingham Companies and CityWay.

iMOCA 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 Companies, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Arthur Jordan Foundation, ArtsAlliance for Contemporary Glass, Centaur Gaming, 20×200, Bluebeard and Edington Gallery.

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July 15 – August 18, 2017
Meaningful Places

iMOCA and Indiana Landmarks partner to celebrate Hoosier places that have meaning—personal, communal, visual, artistic, historic or natural. The exhibition will open to the public on July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Treasure Hunt, an indoor and outdoor antiques and architectural salvage market on Indiana Landmarks’ campus, paired with food trucks and 40+ yard sales in the surrounding Old Northside.

Come cast your vote for the best in show!  Three prizes will be awarded to the to the photographers whose work garners the most votes in a ballot of exhibition visitors. The exhibition runs July 15 through August 18, 2017 in the Rapp Family Gallery located at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue.

Participating artists: Sophiana Botich, Tom Duffy, Rad Drew, Jacquelyn Fowler, John M. Hoover, James Jordan Kellar, Sarah Kercheval, Ron Kern, Betty Klein, Jared Landberg, Justin Chase Lane, Teddy Lepley, Christine Merchent, Rob McGinnis, Alex Pegram, Adam Reynolds, Gary Schmitt, Lauren Shaffer, Eric Schoch, Seth Teeters, Taresah Youngman.

About Indiana Landmarks:
Imagine the places that have meant the most in your life—your first school, the diner where you ate lunch with your mom, that barn, that bridge, the house where you grew up, the courthouse on the square, the mansion you always loved…  These are landmarks: the places that shape our lives and distinguish our communities. Indiana Landmarks saves and repurposes vintage places rather than throwing them away.

We save landmarks because they improve property values, promote tourism, and inject vitality into neighborhoods and business districts. Most of all, Indiana Landmarks saves buildings because they make the places we live more beautiful, more interesting, singular and special.

For more information: indianalandmarks.org

iMOCA 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 Companies, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Arthur Jordan Foundation, ArtsAlliance for Contemporary Glass, Centaur Gaming, 20×200, Bluebeard and Edington Gallery.

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August 4-26, 2017
Level Up: Art Inspired by Gaming Culture

We celebrate Gen Con with a pop up exhibition at Cat Head Press featuring artwork inspired by gaming culture. The world of card and board games, sci-fi and pop culture icons like Star Wars are explored by artists: Gabriel Dishaw, Austin Falls, Mab Graves, Jason Lahr and Jason S. Cavan Deathbot Manufacturing. The exhibition features original artwork by Carson Ellis, known for her children’s book illustrations and artwork for the band, The Decemberists.

This exhibition is in conjunction with the Gen Con debut of Illimat. Illimat is a card game inspired by a game board created by Carson Ellis & Autumn DeWilde as a prop for a photoshoot for the band The Decemberists. As the band started playing more games on the road, they reached out to game designer Keith Baker to bring the prop to life as an actual game.

Illimat has the style and flavor of a classic card game with a dynamic twist. As you play, you combine cards and collect them, trying to gather more than your opponents. But hidden Luminaries and changing seasons can alter your plans. The game features a cloth board, metal tokens and illustrations by Carson Ellis. If you’ve ever enjoyed Hearts, Bridge, Casino, or Gin, Illimat will feel both familiar and unlike anything you’ve ever played before.

This exhibition is sponsored by our good friends at Twogether Studio and Cat Head Press.

Join iMOCA, Twogether Studios and Cat Head Press for a special Illimat playing party. Check out the Level Up exhibition, meet a few of the artists and get an early chance to play Illimat. A special silkscreened Carson Ellis poster, seen below, will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting iMOCA.

Featured Artists:
Gabriel Dishaw
Austin Falls
Carson Ellis
Mab Graves
Jason Lahr
Jason S. Cavan Deathbot Manufacturing

Twogether Studios is an independent game company founded by Jennifer Ellis and Keith Baker (creator of the card game Gloom and the Dungeons & Dragons campaign settingEberron). Twogether Studios is dedicated to producing tabletop games that bring people together. Twogether’s first game, Phoenix: Dawn Command,was released earlier this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015.

Cat Head Press is an Indianapolis based not-for-profit community center and fine art printmaking studio who’s mission is to enrich and increase the well being of our community through investments in creativity and artistic expression.  Cat Head Press provides area artists and the neighboring community a place to work, collaborate, and share ideas in a fully equipped facility space. They offer traditional fine art printmaking workshops, gallery space for exhibitions opportunities, art sales, and monthly First Friday events. Cat Head Press also offers open studio hours, memberships and free community events.

iMOCA is supported from grants and funding from the Efroymson Family Fund, The Indianapolis Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Allen Whitehill Clowes CharitableFoundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Halstead Architects, ESL-Spectrum, R&M Electric, Buckingham Companies, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Arthur Jordan Foundation, ArtsAlliance for Contemporary Glass, Centaur Gaming, 20×200, Bluebeard and Edington Gallery.

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November 11, 2017 to January 8, 2018
Elements

This partner exhibition with the Hoosier Salon features artists from Indianapolis, Muncie, Bloomington, South Bend and Evansville working in painting, photography, sculpture and metal work with a strong comprehension of the elements of art. Bold colors, strong lines and complex shapes are just a few of the components visitors can expect to see.  The Hoosier Salon with curate a members exhibition in the adjacent galley.

Artists:
Dorothy Stites Alig
Braydee Euliss
Joann Green
Rachel Hellman
Laura Lemna
Marna Shopoff
Susan Tennant
Betsy Stiratt
Kristen S. Wilkens
Lauren Zoll

The Hoosier Salon is a statewide nonprofit artist-service organization whose mission is to create an appreciation of visual art by promoting Indiana artists and their work.

https://hoosiersalon.org

iMOCA is supported from grants and funding from the Efroymson Family Fund, The Indianapolis Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Allen Whitehill Clowes CharitableFoundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Halstead Architects, ESL-Spectrum, R&M Electric, Buckingham Companies, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Arthur Jordan Foundation, ArtsAlliance for Contemporary Glass, Centaur Gaming, 20×200, Bluebeard and Edington Gallery.