The Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9) will feature Mike Meares, with “The Music in My Mind,” a collection of music-inspired surreal expressionist mixed media work, as part of the First Friday art tour, 6-9pm on Friday, August 5th.
Admission and parking are free.
“I’ve leaned hard into music as my subject matter,” Meares said. “It is what inspires me most in this world we live in and it may just be the one true form of magic that the world has. Think of the power that music has to inspire, unite, and communicate in ways that nothing else can.”
About Mike Meares
Originally from central Illinois, Mike Meares relocated to Indianapolis via San Francisco in late 2019. As one of the original Back Alley Ballyhoo artists in Fountain Square’s Graffiti Alley, Meares recreated is rock ‘n’ roll space alien mural in 2021, after the alley walls were mistakenly buffed. His smaller scale work holds a frenetic energy translated via pastels, color pencils, and paint.
“I work spontaneously,” Meares said. “There usually is little to no plan of what my paintings will look like when I start. The blank canvas awaits, the music plays, and I begin to let the music influence me as I make a few marks. Then I get into it. Really into it. Not just digging it, but lost inside the music.
I love to layer line and color. Those layers represent both the complex layers of elements that make up the music as well as the complexity of elements and emotions that fill our daily lives. I think the pandemic has shifted my work in the sense that you see more chaos in the line work and background that has been influenced by the more uncertain feeling life has had the last few years.”
Additional First Friday programming will include live music performed by FC9 board member and artist Steve Van De Vanter’s house band Agents of Apocalypse, along with guest bands, in the Art Café area near the corridor side of the gallery.
About the Full Circle Nine Gallery
The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery. With over two dozen artists occupying a large, three-room space of the more factory-reminiscent portion of the Circle City Industrial Complex, Full Circle Nine offers a wide variety of art forms, media, and approaches.
The gallery has regular hours: 6-10pm on Fridays, 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Full Circle Nine Gallery is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202, in the South Studios section of the Circle City Industrial Complex. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit www.fullcirclenine.com