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Visual Arts: Glasswork, New Media/Technology, Sculpture; Public Art
He seeks to impart a visual catharsis, supporting an experience of awe, introspection & harmony.
Samantha Lyn Aasen
Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Film, Graphic Arts, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Samantha Lyn Aasen is an artist reacquainting herself to the Midwest. Born in Indianapolis, she spent several years in the Southwest before returning to her home to Indiana. Her work in heavily influenced on her experience in growing up a young girl in suburbia. She questions the transition between girlhood and womanhood. Often Aasen’s work is manifested in photographs, but has also included performances, installations, videos, and objects. Her inspiration comes from reality television, fashion dolls, blogs, and pop culture.
Samantha Lyn Aasen received her BFA in Photography from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and her MFA with an emphasis in Intermedia from Arizona State University. Her work has been exhibited across the United States in Maryland, Indiana, Arizona, Illinois, and recently internationally in London.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I’ve always enjoyed drawing, painting, & making things. I am particularly fond of outdoor/public art projects. Always looking forward to my next project, big or small, and finding clever design solutions.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
“I have developed a writing practice that has culminated in a piece titled “word picture.” Each picture is an hour long film of a writing session projected via LCD onto a plain surface. Text is generated on the surface as though one were observing a writer from over his shoulder, complete with mistakes, corrections, cut, pastes, and pauses. Some sessions include an electronic clock enhancing the sense of passage of time. The piece places the viewer into the artist’s studio in ‘real time.'”
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Multi Media African American Artist
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Fabrication is the method that best describs my making of sculpture. I combine and build elements into three-dimensional objects and somtimes installations. Installations are built in an environment that surrounds and engages the viewer’s physical space.
Visual Arts: Sculpture
As an artist I enjoy creating both decorative and functional sculptural pieces from a range of materials including: steel, bronze, iron, wood, glass and stone. I often work with recycled materials giving new life, purpose and beauty to things others would consider trash. Basically, I work to eat and create to live. I don’t look for a deep meaning in my pieces. Instead I want them to be fun and pleasing to look at.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
Gretchen 'Copper' Banning
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture, Textiles
My artist name is Copper. I chose this name only because I was using it as an 'alias' when I was hosting goth parties in the 90s. That is when I started drawing and painting. I signed those works Copper and so I have kept it even though it confuses people. I am also a DJ and go by the name Copper Top, which is another story for another day.
I am not a trained artist. My degree was in political science and history. I never even considered art until one day I decided in the 1990s I decided to draw a picture and showed it to my boyfriend. He said to 'give it up'. I hate those words so I kept going anyway. I continued drawing and eventually I moved into collage and painting. By the late 90s I was producing works which incorporated many styles and mediums. I had several small shows in the city in the early 2000's including The Bungalow in Broad Ripple and many coffee shops in the city.
In 2002 I decided to leave behind my art to pursuing DJing as my main creative outlet. I decided that someday, when I didn't want to DJ as much, I would come back to my art. I DJ'd all over the country and the world between 2002 and 2012. I released 6 licensed CDs which were distributed globally. All of this was done on small Indie labels here and in Germany. When I spin now from time to time I play a mix of industrial, psy trance, dark house, and techno.
In January 2012 I began to become serious about art again. I brought to it a new confidence in making my own rules. I was also deeply affected by 'The Occupy Movement'. I was an activist in my college days and worked on many humanitarian causes. I studied political economics and have always leaned to the left, although my current convictions have evolved since those days. I began to marry my concern for global political and environmental crises to my expression through art. I recently published a piece of prose in the Canadian art publication 'Adbusters' and strongly support everything that periodical hopes to accomplish for a better global future.
I also very much enjoy creating 'decorative art'. I do this to distract from my gloomy side. I love vintage kitsch and moreover mxing it with other surreal 'childish' decorative objects. I love making diorama. I love spanish and latino style art and am strongly influenced by it. I also enjoy completely remaking large objects like furniture. I have dabbled in painting, drawing, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture. I hate making anything more than once. I constantly am looking for some new idea to bring to my art.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
Mixed media scluptor from Indianapolis working mostly with found and repurposed material to form an art practice known as Ah Sum Blah.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Sculpture
With a keen interest in material science and contemporary and modern art, I work with metal as a versatile medium to exploit my imagination and bring solidarity to my visions.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Illustration, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Sculpture
Samuel Bowen started doing artwork in 1993 – 1994. He is completely self- taught. Sam is a creative visionary. He is continuously honing his skills using different medias, which include acrylic, metal/metal wire, pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel, car model paint, and wood. He takes on the challenging projects to exceed the limits of traditional art in unique forms. He carries the philosophy to “Always …push the boundaries for your personal creative greatness”. In showing several perspectives, to pursue in life is of great value is thinking outside of the box to challenge others. Bringing life to the uncommon views is a priceless tool in improving one’s life, enabling all to see the positive benefits.
Visual Arts: Film, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Sculpture
I collect carburetors, bike frames, and fire hydrants…any mechanical artifacts that I can find. Each piece has its own unique story. When I use these objects in my sculpture, I get the privilege of giving those objects a new story. I prefer working with steel because of its strength, durability, form, and how it deteriorates.
Keith E. Bratton
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Sculpture, Works on paper
Bratton creates whimsical constructions and collages made from cut paper and various other materials.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture
I am an Indianapolis based artist and ceramics instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center. I came to clay as a second career and have developed my craft over many years of university and art center classes, numerous workshops and much trial and error.
Through my ceramic work I explore and process life experiences – growing up, fertility, change and the fragile beauty of now. My forms echo those found in nature and reflect personal yet universal ideas of wonder and understanding. My website is www.peggybreidenbach.com.
Visual Arts: Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
See About You
John Charles Brooks
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
I am a painter. I do not reject the term artist, but I believe in it’s present context the title spans much that is of little interest to me. I do not aspire to the idea of artist as arbiter of culture. I do embrace the idea that art can heal, that it can console , that it can show the commonality between us all. My goals are simple: to illuminate aspects of reality via the medium of pigment on canvas. In this regard, the greatest illumination is personal and in my case, arrives at the point where the process of painting begins. My goal is nothing less than liberation. Painting is the process, my transformation is it’s goal. I hope in the journey there are others who may also see, through my work, where I am pointing, but what I seek is not essentially social. In an age of cynicism I remain a romantic. john charles brooks 2007
Visual Arts: Illustration, Murals, Painting, Sculpture
Brown’s work focuses on the kinetics of the figure as slow motion events captured in time with blurs of the micro-second. His work explores the lines within the movement of multiple light defining “gray areas” that are, in fact, full of color.
Visual Arts: New Media/Technology, Painting, Sculpture
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, New Media/Technology, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Through capturing photographic imagery from personal sacred space, dreams and the natural world, I create my own language of metaphors and special symbolism. This is visual journaling of what’s important to me and my inner thoughts and ideas are made visible through my technique and my choice of subject matter. I believe we are formed by images and we need to develop a critical intake and understanding of what we are seeing.
There are reoccurring images throughout my work from spiritual pilgrimages, family, the natural
world and dreams that are important to me. I return often to placing a special black stone in my
work that represents me. This is an important touchstone of meditation and memory which
allows me to be placed in the spiritual spaces that I capture and compose. Light and shadow are
also a reoccurring symbolism representing spiritual and self-awareness. By encountering the
push and pull of both my light and my shadow, I expose myself to a source of life otherwise not
seen. For me, this is where divinity is found.
Visual Arts: Jewelry, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Emily uses casting processes to explore the meaning of objects, time and location. Her bronze sculptures utilize the ancient lost-wax bronze casting process to document the invention of forms by the artist. While breaking the boundaries of identification and classification in order to explore a separated difference, these sculptures hold fast to the concepts of miniaturization, complexity and duration.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Glasswork, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
What is Quixotic Artistry? It is first and foremost, my brand. It’s whimsy, it’s being able to look failure directly in the eye, and say “f*&# off”, and turn it into success. It’s my past heartbreak, and my feelings of insecurity. Ironically, it is my suit of armour, and my confidence. It is Assemblage, fashion design, makeup artistry, and graphics. It is choreography, it is design. It’s perfect balance. It is the rebirth of my failed attempts at becoming a fashion designer, yet is the new life of a new approach. It is the phoenix, that is rising from the ashes of what I thought to be the end of a journey. Alas, my journey is not over. What is Quixotic | Artistry ? It is whatever that I want it to be, and will be everything that I quixotically dream it to be.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Visual Arts Instructor
Artist StatementMy aim as an artist is to explore.At times, I allow chance (automatism) to play a major roll in my creation.I am inspired by dreams and fleeting ideas,strange characters and ambiguous emotions.Transformation and the idea of transience are common themes in my work.I grasp onto those things which have no concrete title,and images that fall through the cracks of direct understanding.At times there will be beauty and abstraction, humor, and darkness.Faces accompany emotions, figures follow shapes,and organic forms inspire metaphor.I often give life to shapes or organic formsby inserting a human element.When I am in the studio, I seek new ideas.I work in mixed media. I search for and collect objectsand materials to use in my work.I play with textures and colors.I also use digital tools to create remixes of the art I create physically.I always carry a sketchbook that I work in daily.My driving force is to carve my own winding path.I can only hope that others may follow along and discover with wonderment,the unexpected things I uncover.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Earthworks, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I create all of my work from an overwhelming desire to communicate that which transcends explanation. I wish to bring the raw forces of creation & beauty to the surface as a means to translate experiences & visions into sharable mediums. It is my belief that art has the ability to transform by resonating the fundamental energies deep within our beings. I believe art has the ability to unlock the potentials of our highest selves.
Visual Arts: Photography, Sculpture
Teacher and artist Doug Calisch, has recently completed his twenty-ninth year of teaching at Wabash College. He received his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and his B.F.A. in 1976 from the University of Illinois. He regularly teaches 3-D Design Foundations and all levels of sculpture, ceramics and photography. In recent summers Doug has traveled to the American Southwest with student photographers teaching nomadic courses in black/white photography. Other field experiences have taken him to the Ecuadorian Rain Forest where he has taught Photography and “Field Observation,” and to Mexico to teach Sculpture and Environmental Awareness. In 2004, Doug received the McClain-McTurnan-Arnold Excellence in Teaching Award
As a professional artist, Doug continues to create public commissions and both sculpture and photographs for exhibition. He exhibits his work throughout the country and has over 25 solo exhibitions since 1990. His work can be found in over 50 public and private collections. Noted public commissions include, an installation for Purdue University, a work for Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie Indiana, and an outdoor sculpture for the city of Osaka, Japan.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles; installation
Adventureland Gallery Chicago, Illinois solo exhibit April 6 – 30
Thunder-Sky Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio Thunder-Snow January 7- February 4
Butler University Creation and Creativity February 22
BG Gallery Santa Monica, Ca. Outside The Box March 11-28
Garner Narrative Louisville, Ky. solo exhibit June 2 – July 28
Tube Factory Indianapolis, IN Twin Peaks August 4 – 31
The Harrison Gallery The Dubious Luxury of Ordinary Men May 6 – 27
Listen Hear A Spontaneous Act Of Beauty July 10
Artist of the year AlphaOmegaPrize
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Your Catfish Friend February 6 – April 18
Gallery Two Wet Paint, Heavy Metal and Broken Records April 9
Indianapolis Art Center Creative Renewal Retrospective April 17 – June 7
Gallery 924 The Water Show June 5 – July 10
Spiral Gallery Interstate Commerce August 7 – 23
ArtPrize7, Grand Rapids, Michigan – DeVos Place September 23 – October 11
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats January 1 – January 31
Full Body Transformation: Tattoo Project January 1 – December 31
Anderson Center For The Arts Figures of Speech June 6 – August 16
Recipient IAC $10,000 Creative Renewal Fellowship
Gallery 924 Self-Portraits June 7 – July 31
Garner Narrative 100 Burning Boats December 6 – January 31
Gallery 924 Tiny December 7 – January 4
Indy Indie Artist Colony End Of The World December 7 – December 27
Harrison Center for the arts ROBOTS: an invitational
Indianapolis Art Center Shrine Exhibit October 19 through January 1st
Indiana State Museum Heartland Art: Selections from your Indiana Collection October 1, 2011 – November 2013
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art Bodies of Waters November 4 – December 10
Additional Earlier Exhibitions
Headley Whitney Museum
Indiana State Museum
National Art Museum of Sport
Richmond Museum of Art
Museum for Contemporary Art – Baltimore, Maryland
Indiana University Art Museum
Hot House Art Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Christel Dehaan Fine Arts Center Gallery – University of Indianapolis
Art@Large – New York, New York
Friedl Gallery – Chicago, Illinois
Dirty Detroit – Detroit Michigan
Galerie Hertz – Louisville, Kentucky
Copeland Rutherford Fine Arts – Sante Fe, New Mexico
Ruschman Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Malton Gallery – Cincinnati, Ohio
Actors Theater – Louisville, Kentucky
Swanson Cralle Gallery – Louisville, Kentucky
Architectural Center – Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis
Art Center Artlink – Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Who Show – Indianapolis, Indiana
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Harper College – Pallatine, Illinois
Herron Gallery – Herron School of Art
Art Columbus – Columbus, Indiana
Primary Colors – Indianapolis, Indiana
Woodburn & Westcott Fine Art – Indianapolis, Indiana
Big Car Gallery – Indianapolis, Indiana
Studio One – Indianapolis, Indiana
Diekhoff – Indianapolis, Indiana
Boxx – Indianapolis, Indiana
Selected Corporate Collections
Aoyama Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
Baker and Daniels
The Indiana State Museum
Eli Lilly and Company
North American Capacitor, Inc.
Support Net, Inc.
University of Indianapolis, Indiana
University Medical Center
Baltimore Department of Health
Fries and Fries, Inc.
Metal Services International
The Nyhart Company
Vasa Brougher Inc.
World Life and Accident, Inc
Good News Ministries
also in private collections throughout the U.S., Japan & Brazil
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Sculpture
Cannon owns “Not Just Canvas,” her enterprise by which she murals for both corporations and private homes. She paints on glass, furniture, canvas or large scale murals.
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