of the year is already gone, it's allegedly warming up a little and March
Madness is on tap. But before you stress out over crafting the perfect bracket
and go comatose from watching too much uninterrupted college basketball, you
should go get a shot of culture. It's only healthy before you end up sprawled
out on the couch before a sepulchral pile of chicken wing bones, screaming
yourself raw because some tiny Jesuit liberal arts school no one had even heard
of depth-charges any hope you had of winning your office pool.
Of course, First Friday
has got you covered. Acrylics, Joseph Campbell-inspired 3D prints, and
portraits of American Apparel models appear at all the usual galleries and
alternative spaces like the Rapp Family Gallery at the Indiana Landmarks Center
and--for the first time -- the Cerulean Restaurant in CityWay.
In its First Friday
debut, Cerulean Restaurant (339 S. Delaware St.) will display the work of Phil
O'Malley in its bar. He's worked for decades in a variety of media, including
fine art, culinary art, architectural design and graphic design.
"Since we opened,
Cerulean has always been
focused on highlighting local farmers' ingredients in our dishes," says Andrew Teramoto, a Maitre d' who helped
organize the program. "We thought the same should apply to the art on our
walls. Indianapolis has an excellent art scene and we wanted to be a part of
it. We wanted our restaurant's décor to inspire conversation and Phil's works
are doing just that."
Courtesy Of Jonathan McAfee
Jonathan McAfee's "Classical Waste" exhibit at Gallery 924 features portraits of American Apparel models.
Made in America
Portraits of American
Apparel models will be on display in the Classical
Waste exhibit at Gallery 924 (924 N. Pennsylvania St.). Artist Jonathan McAfee
has done portraits of Kurt Vonnegut and Biggie Smalls, and he has long been
interested in the history of portraiture. He recently turned his focus to the
wan, listless and blank-eyed American Apparel models that have been splashed
across full-page ads in alt weeklies and magazines. McAfee explores modern
views on masculinity and femininity in a historical context.
"Jonathan McAfee is well
known locally for his bold and colorful gestural portraits of celebrities,
mostly the creative type, such as musicians and artists," Gallery 924
Director Shannon Linker says. "His new work, a series called 'Classical Waste,'
references his love of portraiture in a new way -- exploring product and
portraiture through the lens of a contemporary mass appeal aesthetic -- namely
the American Apparel advertisements the paintings are based upon."
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Courtesy of Parrish Cooper
Parrish Cooper (whose studio is shown here) will unveil a new piece at the Art Bank Friday.
At around 7:30 p.m.
fine-oil painter Parrish Cooper will unveil an addition of a large-scale
portrait to her Echoes of Change
exhibit, which is the featured show at the Art Bank (811 Mass Ave.). Cooper,
who paints portraits and abstracts, regularly hosts critiques at the gallery to
give other artists feedback that might help them grow.
"What I most enjoy is having the opportunity to be of help to
other artists," Cooper says. "When I was a student at Herron School of Art and
Design, I could see that the critiques that we participated with on a regular
basis were of great help to all of the art students. When artists 'complete' an
artwork, they are often temporarily blind to what might improve the work, but
seeing it through the eyes of other artists is extremely helpful in becoming a
For a good cause
Franklin Barry Gallery at The Frame Shop (617 Mass Ave.) will showcase Duane Opheim's Heart Mind Soul to benefit the Damien Center,
which provides care to persons with AIDS or those infected by HIV. Opheim, a Herron graduate and client of the center, painted
stylized cityscapes, representational subjects and abstract expressionism. He
was represented by the gallery until he died in
Courtesy of the Viewfinder Project
The Viewfinder Project, an organization that aims to teach children photography, will display work at the Harrison Center for the Arts this First Friday.
Harrison Center for the Arts (1505 N. Delaware St.) hosts many shows, including
new exhibits by Kate Oberreich, Bryan Tisdale, Josh
Rush, and The ViewfinderProject, a photographic show in Hank
& Dolly's Gallery that challenges people to think creatively and see
differently. As if that's not enough, visitors can poke their heads into more
than 30 artist studios and hear Chad Caroland play
music celebrating Indy's urban underground.
Left behind in the wake of loss
artist Robert Allen James, who has participated in Oranje,
Indy Visual Fringe and Tonic Ball Tonic Gallery, under the name Robaljam, will show his exhibit The Articles ofLoss at
the Rapp Family Gallery in the Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Ave.).
His acrylic paintings reflect on decay and loss.
house doesn't become obsolete, but it can be abandoned by those who once held
it as the symbol of a new life and future," James says. "Using a collage of
scraps from everyday life as canvas, I paint images that try to reflect the spiritual
adversities we endure. This happens to each of us, and how we adapt to these
events informs who we are. I am fascinated by what gets left behind in the wake
Photo Courtesy of Indiana Landmarks
"Skybear" by Robert Allen James will be on display at the Rapp Family Gallery at the Indiana Landmarks Center.
Exhibit with 1,000 Faces
than 25 artists will take part in a group show inspired by the work of
comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell at the Indy Indie Artist Colony (26 E.
14th St.). Gallery director Bobbie Zaphiriou
gathered work in a wide range of media that includes clay vessels and
performance art for Monsters, Myth &Mayhem.
Joseph S. Pete is a Peter Lisagor and Hoosier State Press Association award-winning journalist who has been known to hang around museums and make the rounds on First Fridays. His literary work has appeared in Flying Island, Punchnel's and elsewhere. He has no known aliases.
The Internet Cat Video Festival comes to the IMA this Friday and Saturday. Get set to laugh and aw over 70 minutes of carefully curated feline-intensive clips that have cat-apulted this event to national fame.