Past Exhibitions at Hotel Indigo
Haply May FOrget BY Emily Weihing
June 31 - August 12, 2017
This work is part of a larger exploration of family history, taking inspiration from the ubiquitous family portrait wall. Growing up there were very few family photographs on our walls. I was always intrigued when I would see them in movies or TV shows— scores of framed photos covering staircases, crowded above hallway tables, over the couch, in bedrooms. I wondered if anyone actually lived like that and why they would want to surround themselves with images of their family many of whom, presumably, were alive. This, of course, says more about my own family than anyone else’s.
I may not have been surrounded by pictures of my relatives, but I was surrounded by the fabric that we all touched and shared: hand-me-down sheets reminiscent of summer mornings and quilt pieces from my grandmother’s fabric collection that I took home after her death. More than individual faces, memories of fabric texture and pattern stand out in my memory.
The images inside these frames are photograms of vintage fabric and my grandmother’s feedsack quilt pieces. To make these I use a photo-sensitive process called cyanotype. The deep Prussian blue color is characteristic of cyanotype, which results from the same kind of oxidation reaction that produces indigo blue. The beauty of the cyanotype process is that it creates a direct record of the fabric without the intervention of scanner, camera, printer, or hand. Where light passes through the fabric, the coated paper beneath turns a deep blue. Where light is blocked, the paper remains white. The result is an “automatic” and eerily accurate recording of each object as it exists at a suspended moment in time.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emily Weihing is an artist whose work draws on quotidian domestic materials and motifs to rouse memory, contemplation, and receptivity. Weihing earned her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University Bloomington, and her BA in Printmaking and Environmental Science & Policy from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She was Michigan City’s first featured artist in their inaugural open air studio event, Art/Watch, and was artist-in-residence at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA. Weihing exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (upcoming), the Douro Museum in Portugal, El Minia University in Cairo, and the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in Bloomington, IN.
Upon My Recent Validation BY Chad Serhal
APril 29 - June 30, 2017
Reception: Thursday May 18, 5-7 PM
Gallery Talk at 6 pm
For years I only cut pieces of images out of old books and magazines. I didn’t know how I wanted to put anything back together; I only wanted to cut the images out. Extracting elements in this way made me recognize it as some form of art. When I finally began making collages, I had a plethora of material to work with.
Visually, I am interested in 20th century American culture, mostly film and design. I enjoy layering eras on top of each other; a scene from a 1930's drama, surrounded by mid-century comic book ben-day dots or colored paper emanate, on top of a watercolor, over brown cardstock. The art is small and minimal, mounted on backs that consist of foam board with wrapped in strips of old receipt paper. The texts come from an old copy of Moby Dick.
Using commentary, juxtaposition, or play on words, I sometimes make some sort of statement, but the design and aesthetic comes first. I take the things that interest me: golden era Hollywood, vintage comics, or other pop culture images with watercolor, stamps, construction paper, and various other textured ephemera and I put them together in a design. Here, I create little moments for the viewer to get lost in.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chad Serhal provokes thought using nostalgia; a mother’s kitchen wallpaper design, a father’s favorite actor, or a line from a grandparent’s favorite book. He makes statements using play on words, juxtaposition, and defining titles to force a mundane scene into your consciousness. His work is all within a few inches big because the materials he uses are small.
Chad is a musician, cartoonist, filmmaker, and a collagist. He earned his degree from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Indiana University. He is currently living in Cedar Rapids, Iowaand works as a Program Associate at a venue for performance art and visual art galleries.
TOY BOX BY MADELINE WINTER
FEBRUARY 19 - APRIL 29, 2017
CLOSING RECEPTION: THURSDAY APRIL 27, 5-7 PM
GALLERY TALK AT 6 PM
I am interested in memory—specifically memories that we play a pivotal role in but have no recollection of. As I recently gave birth to my first child, this awareness of what we retain vs. what others recall has become the point in which all of my compositions are structured.
These works serve as visual stories told to my daughter representing a time in her life and development that she won’t remember but that I will always reminiscence. My consciousness is now full of scattered toys, patterned fabrics, bright colors, and hard-edged shapes. My daughter is the individual form that fits perfectly into the contour of my life. She is represented throughout these paintings.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Madeline Winter is a visual artist from Chicago, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting. She completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Indiana University in 2016. Winter has shown work in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and throughout Indiana. She has held residencies in Barcelona and Chicago.
This is All that was left by Paige Mostowy
On display through February 17, 2017
Closing Reception: Friday February 17th, 6-8PM.
The artifacts of my family’s past were not objects or places, but stories. Constantly fluctuating and passed down from person to person until finally those pieced together histories became truths. My work resides in a space where nostalgia is intertwined with the misremembered instances embedded within a persons’ history. By exploring the parallels between phenomenologically based lapses in memory, perception and object association, I question how an individual's history impacts their ability to partake in a consistent present. Reconstituted timelines are created through the physical alteration of banal domesticated items. The familiarity of these reconfigured artifacts represent not only a severed history that led up to the piece's subsequent abandonment, but also the potentiality for renewal. Rooted within a place of loss and trauma, they generate a milieu within its’ fragmentations. Creating semblances of a whole through physical alteration and reparations that mimic flawed projections of protection within a crumbling facade; representative of emotions with the ability to internally inundate a person and their perspective. Personal ontology isn’t something that appears out of thin air. The residual effect of objects and their associations scatter names and incidents as time passes and impressions fade. As perspectives shift over time, circumstance weaves the histories of individuals into a tangled pattern that will never be viewed or retold the same way twice. Every idea, moment, and affect continuously build upon what a person has created or, just as important, chosen to abandon.
About the Artist
Transplanted from the North and raised in the winding suburbs of the South where the illusions of closeness were as abundant as kudzu overtaking the side of the roads and abandoned farm houses. Juxtaposing traditional methods of mending while subsequently rendering objects useless, her practice explores these futile notions of memory and perspective rooted within familial despondencies. She received her BFA from the University of Georgia in 2010 and her MFA in Sculpture from Indiana University in 2015. She has shown both nationally and internationally with solo shows in Chicago, Georgia, Indiana and has most recently completed the Stuart Artist in Residence Program in South Dakota.
THE SECOND ARROW/NEW PAINTINGS BY HANNAH BARNES
ON DISPLAY UNTIL NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Closing Reception Friday November 11, 2016, 6-8PM. Gallery Talk will begin at 6:30PM.
Hannah Barnes is an Associate Professor of Painting at Ball State University where she teaches painting and drawing. Born in Massachusetts, she currently resides and works in Indianapolis, IN. Barnes received a MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers State University of New Jersey and BFA in Painting from Maine College of Art.
In this new body of work, Barnes draws on a familiar vocabulary of abstract forms and tropes to explore the nature of meaning within abstraction. Her paintings, drawings and installations engage ideas such as structure and fragmentation, surface and depth, perception, impermanence and the indeterminacy of images.
Barnes has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine, the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland, Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. She recently completed a residency at the Studio Program at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and was the recipient of a 2016 Hedda Sterne Fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
WISHFUL THINKING BY SARAH KASCH
RECEPTION: COLUMBUS ART WALK
FRIDAY, JULY 8 FROM 5:00-7:00 PM
Sarah Kasch earned her MFA in Painting and Drawing from Herron School of Art and Design-IUPUI and her BFA in Painting with specialization in Watercolor from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as an instructor at numerous institutions and currently lives and works in Indianapolis.
Wishful Thinking is comprised of a series of small works focused on aspirations that are plagued with uncertainty. At the center of the works is a drawing of a slab of meat, a self-portrait. Literally stripped to nothing more then meat, this inanimate object is freed of exterior features, which identify or place value on its physical appearance. The dogs are an extension of the self-portrait and anthropomorphize human emotions. Looking upon the symbols of achievements that traditionally deem a person successful and fulfilled, they hope for the ideal happy ending we have expected since childhood. Kasch explains, “through the imagery I choose to depict in my work, a non sequitur visual narrative begins to unfold. I inadvertently and sometimes deliberately confuse my viewers by denying the fundamental narrative of storytelling. Through this visual device I provide comic effect through absurdity that allows my viewers freedom to draw their own conclusions.”
DONNA ROSENBERG WATER & WINGS
NOW SHOWING THROUGH JUNE 1
Donna Rosenberg has been interested in creating art for as long as she can remember. Rosenberg attended the Art Institute of Atlanta and has worked in the field of art since the age of 18. She draws inspiration from many of the great impressionist painters and the bright bold colors of artists like Van Gogh and Monet. Donna hopes the viewer is able to experience the same feelings she attempts to capture in her waterscapes—a rainstorm in the distance, or an unspoiled image in the clouds—all these elements to remind us there is simple beauty around us everyday. By using multiple techniques such as, distressing, layering, glazing and generating texture and intense color, Donna creates dynamic expressive effects.
The Droops are a collective of six Indianapolis based artists with BFAs in sculpture, printmaking, and painting. All six members hail from rural Indiana towns and have formed a certain style that pulls from each person’s individual background. “It’s silliness juxtaposed with a hint of darkness,”( Nuvo, July 1, 2015). The collective met and formed while attending Herron School of Art & Design in 2013. The Droops are Adam Wollenberg, Ash Windbigler, Brock Forrer, Ally Alsup, Emily Gable, & Paul Pelsue.
BY JOHN STRICKLAND
SHOWING NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 2015
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 6:00-7:30PM
STRICKLAND'S ARTIST STATEMENT:
I have been painting compulsively for many years. I don’t know why. The meaning of “artist” has become so broad that it is almost meaningless, so I am a painter. Sometimes one’s style is just a collection of habits, so I try to avoid a style in that sense.
Painting for me is right brain problem solving of problems of its own creation. It can be fun, but just as often it is maddening. I work in acrylics because their fast drying time allows me to make the many changes that are typical in my work. This happens till I surrender to the will of intuition. I agree with the painter who said, “What I end up painting is what I would have wanted to paint if I could have thought of it in the first place.” I love this process.
I try to look at the paintings of others trusting that they will reward me with an experience worth having. I hope people will do the same with my work.
FRUITS FROM KORAB
BY HADLEY 'TAD' FRUITS
SHOWING THROUGH AUGUST 31ST AT HOTEL INDIGO
ART WALK + RECEPTION→: FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST, 6:00-8:00 PM
Fruits from Korab is a re-photographic survey based on Photographer Balthazar Korab’s images of Columbus created over the course of thirty years (1960 -1990) and published in his 1989 book titled Columbus Indiana, an American Landmark.
Balthazar Korab is an internationally recognized and celebrated architectural photographer and is well known for his association and collaborative efforts with architect, Eero Saarinen and the town of Columbus. His work here is especially poignant and provides an opportunity to not only look back at the architectural treasures of Columbus in their infancy, but also to celebrate the diversity and commitment of Columbus leadership through sustainable stewardship.
Indianapolis Photographer, Hadley ‘Tad’ Fruits, in the process of researching and photographing Columbus architecture and landscape architecture as part of an Indiana Arts Commission Grant from July 2014 through June 2015, has also revisited Korab’s images from the same vantage point to record both dramatic and subtle changes over time.
No stranger to Columbus, Tad is former Senior Photographer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from 1997 to 2013 and his images of Miller House and Garden have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
The intent of the exhibition is to highlight and promote the tremendous ongoing, citywide preservation effort in Columbus, the close connection to the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives exhibition Reframe Columbus, in partnership with the Bartholomew County Public Library, and the further examination of significant Columbus architecture through the work of two photographers of different generations, over the course of fifty-five years.
Influenced by photojournalism, history, traditional storytelling, and fine art documentary styles of the sixties and seventies, I am primarily a still photographer navigating these same practices with intentions of both community value and personal growth.
I am drawn to subjects that have historic significance and can be utilized as a means of expression and contemplation in service to connecting people to their community and to one another through visual narrative. Working in this capacity as both an arts facilitator and as a student is a crucial component of my work and my life, that experience and new exploration occupy the same trajectory of creative endeavor.
I do what I do because there is exponential value in history, collaboration, life long learning, and expression of ideas that bind us together across borders, age gaps, political ideologies, and intellectual generalities.
The Indiana Arts Commission Grant I am working on currently is a photographic survey in the town of Columbus Indiana, containing over seventy examples of Modernist architecture and landscapes by master designers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Seven of these structures are designated National Historic Landmarks and represent the highest concentration of historically significant modern design in the state of Indiana.
Sadly, many of these historic structures are threatened by age and deterioration and a broad citywide plan created by civic and community leadership is underway to address preservation concerns, but also to highlight and promote the arts and local history through collaborative activities and future city planning.
My contributions as a photographer play a small part of this mission-driven focus to support and promote historic value as well as educational and community advocacy efforts from an artistic vantage point.
My entire arts career and personal photography focus is and continues to be connected to cultural identity and the complex relationship to our shared histories…photography as a medium provides a familiar and comfortable starting point for many to access these ideas, add to them, and pay it forward.
PAUSE AND REFLECT: PAPER ART QUILTS 2015
BY MARY HAMBLY
The Paper Art Quilt is a unique art form that joins contemporary art and traditional craft. The rich and exotic papers which form the foundation of each paper quilt provide the opportunity to forge complex and unique combinations of design elements: dark & light, pattern & variation, harmony & discord, hard & soft, cool & warm, symmetry & asymmetry, flat & dimensional. The Japanese are known for their decorative papers and they are the “fabric” of this work.
In the 20th century textile processes have taken their place in the world of contemporary fine art and the range of materials to which the quilting process has been applied is expanding. Processes with a long and meaningful history are incorporated in new and creative initiatives, while still respecting the past. The art of the Paper Art Quilt is a deliberate effort to combine a rich textile tradition with innovative ideas of design, materials and composition.
In the creative process stenciled, marbled, printed, and over dyed papers are cut, pieced, and then stitched using a zig zag sewing machine resulting in traditional as well as invented block patterns. The repeating block patterns form a connection between this contemporary art form and traditional fabric quilting. Each element of color, texture and pattern retains its unique individual character yet is enlivened by the union of the whole. The result is a modern art form grounded in a rich tradition of quilting to which the viewer can relate.
Paintings and Photographs
by benjamin timpson and tiffany lippincott
now showing through April 1st
Reception: Friday, March 6th
Starting at 6:30 PM
Benjamin Timpson is an MFA candidate at Indiana University, and a popular contemporary artist. Although he is a classically trained painter, Timpson is most known for creating art from found objects, such as flower petals, bug legs and human hair. For this exhibition, he has decided to return to his love of painting.
Tiffany Lippincott was born and raised in Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Photography at Northwest Missouri State University. Lippincott specializes in black and white photography and oil painting. Combining a love for both techniques, Lippincott uses qualities of painting and photography into what is now the essence of her new work. Her artwork explores the boundaries of painting and photography as she finds her voice and progresses into a style that is her own.
Paintings and Photographs is a joint show of the husband and wife duo, Benjamin Timpson and Tiffany Lippincott. Although the styles differ between the two artists, their work is complementary of their skill and of each other. This curated exhibition includes original photographs from Ben, showcasing what he is best known for; creating art from found objects. In his photographs you will see beyond the object and into the creative mind of Ben. Additionally, he has included original paintings which vary in nature and are a nod to his training as a painter. Tiffany’s work is reflective of textiles, nature and people. She has included original photographs from international travels as well as oil paintings of people and places. Tiffany’s style is contemplative and, at times, literal. Paintings and Photographs is an eclectic showing of two talented artists.
by Chelsea DeVillez
Chiropractor and artist Dr. Chelsea DeVillez was raised in a creative home on a farm in rural Southern Illinois. She was immersed in a world full of music, color, and form at a young age. Through the encouragement of her parents and high school art teacher/artist Barb Allen, Chelsea explored many mediums and techniques, always gravitating toward saturated hues and botanicals inspired by time spent outdoors.
Chelsea developed her signature hat ladies when she was sixteen. But it wasn’t until after stumbling upon the magical bay town of Apalachicola, FL that she decided to produce the women as an entire collection. Her pieces are frequently shown at The Green Door Gallery owned by artist Amy Friedman. She visits the area whenever she gets a chance to recharge and find inspiration.
After residing for nearly ten years in St. Louis, Chelsea relocated to Columbus, IN with her six year old daughter Hayden to practice at Family Chiropractic and Wellness. When not treating patients, she can be found in the woods with her daughter, trail-running, kayaking, practicing yoga at 5th Street, or enjoying a cup of coffee at her favorite café Sogno Della Terra. She has fallen in love with the Columbus area and is looking forward to becoming a part of it’s thriving community.
BY David Williams
Little Windows is a collection of watercolors created by Columbus native David Williams showing August 17—Oct 1 at the Hotel Indigo gallery in Columbus, IN. The paintings involve subject matter common in his art; through people, animals, landscape, pattern and abstraction, he explores the idea of a painting as a view into a moment in time. “I envisioned these paintings as a group from the start. It was exciting to combine different genres into one visual statement. They celebrate a family we came to know briefly before they moved away. The title ‘Little Windows’ suggests how brief encounters can have a lasting impact and provide views into one’s own life.”
David Williams has been painting in watercolors since age 11 when he began his art career in 1976, showing at Fair on the Square, an outdooor art festival in Columbus. He studied art in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation with artists Jim Ponsford, Jerry Green, Bill Melvin and Phillip Miller. In 1983 he traveled to New York City where he later earned a BFA degree from Parsons: The New School.
David instructs drawing and graphic design at Ivy Tech Community College and enjoys leading group painting classes in his studio. In 2013 he became a published author and illustrator with Idiot’s Guide: Drawing and is working on two new titles in the popular instructional series published by Alpha Books, an imprint of DK, a division of Penguin Group.
The Space In-Between
by Adam Reynolds
Adam Reynolds is a documentary photographer whose work focuses primarily on the Middle East. He began his career covering the region in 2007. Adam holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science from Indiana University with a focus in photojournalism and Middle Eastern politics. He also holds a Masters degree in Islamic and Middle East Studies.
His work has appeared in: Smithsonian Magazine, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, The Indianapolis Star, The Washington Times, The Associated Press, Nox Magazine, The Times of London, The National, the Christian Science Monitor, The Australian, The Globe and Mail, and The Boston Globe among others.
New Topographics, works by Natasha Holmes
Natasha Holmes is an artist born and raised in southern California. She recently received her MFA in Photography from Indiana University in Bloomington and holds a BFA in both ceramics and photography from California State University in Fullerton.
Holmes also holds a minor in Anthropology, which promoted skills in valuing details. She primarily uses her work time to seek and collect objects and observe the way we interact with them and our surroundings. Preferring to work in series in photography enables her to collect the thoughts that are pieces of her current attentions. Holmes has studied abroad and shown internationally in Italy and Japan as well as in California, Florida, Illinois and Indiana.