August 3rd, 2007
If you’re in the Midwestern area of the United States, stop by the Harrison Center in Indianapolis tonight for a free display of art and music. Zack Bent, frequent sidebar author here at Asthmatic Kitty, has penned a recent entry on why he misses the Harrison Center, and we have several reviews from Gala Bent and John Beeler of artists at tonight’s show.
Greg Ajamie lives on the Southside of Indianapolis and is currently in his final semesters in the Sculpture and Photography departments at Herron School of Fine Art and Design. His work deals with the world known as Bare Your Teeth, a land of two dimensional characters trying to get to this reality via Greg’s alter ego "the marsh-mellow man". Each felt/cardboard installation introduces a new character or tells a new story. As the narrative of Bare Your Teeth unfolds, new exciting and educational themes arise and excite.
Beth J. Eisinger
Eisinger enjoys using unconventional materials, found objects, and mass produced items in her sculptures. Having grown up in Turkey, her work is often infused with pattern, reminiscent of the Islamic pattern found in Turkish architecture. She also has a deep love for biology, and as a result much of her work alludes to the inside of the body or other organic shapes. She currently works for the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis and has a small studio space there.
Scott Grow considers himself a committed abstract artist with a concern for gestural painting. He wants to have a permanent discourse with the central issues of abstract painting and what painting today can be. To rethink the boundaries of painting. Pictures that do not want to be pictures. He feels that the work cannot be interpreted in terms of mere subject matter. He is interested in the relationships of materials and paint, as they come to express concepts of presence and absence, intention and involvement. His works are derived, motivated, by issues of longing, searching, and desire.
The work of Hinant is playful, psychedelic and cute. It describes surreal spaces and the narratives within these environments. She uses objects and imagery from surroundings, stickers, child-like renderings and images from popular culture to create personal landscapes.
[Read Gala Bent's sidebar on Cindy Hinant ]
Ragsdale’s work is a collection of symbols. Figures, birds, flowers, foliage and envelopes function like text to trigger response and connections. In these paintings he invites viewers to make their own interpretations and connections with the visual clues in the images. Like moments in time, memories and dreams, the figures and images serve as starters for dialogue with the viewer.
[Read John Beeler's sidebar on Kyle Ragsdale]
Roberts’ work illustrates a fantastic landscape. Roberts’ paintings are created with a photochemical process known as cyanotype. The cyanotype is a civil war era process that when exposed to sunlight and developed gives a vibrant blue image. This method presents nature’s subtle way of dealing with the peculiar aspects in the relationship with mankind. Roberts is inspired by his conversation with the landscape.
[Read Gala Bent's sidebar on Casey Roberts ]
Elizabeth Sparrow Boring
Born in Akron, Ohio, Elizabeth Sparrow Boring spent 13 years of her childhood in Quito, Ecuador. She grew up experiencing the vivid colors and bold profiles of the indigenous Ecuadorian arts. Watching local artisans inspired her to make things out of other things [recycling & reusing 3rd-world-style}. She has practiced art since 1997. At that time, she graduated from Taylor University (Upland, Indiana) with a Communications Studies degree. After graduation, she worked as a Graphic Designer. Here, she realized that her creativity was limited in the corporate environment, and so began experimenting with painting and collage. In both mediums, she uses materials that previously had other purposes and/or that would otherwise be discarded. Elizabeth is married with three young children.