September 2019: Landscape Today

Empirical Light, Peter M. Fiore

Empirical Light, Peter M. Fiore

The Harrison Center’s fall open studio night is set to take place on Friday, September 6 from 6pm to 10pm. Guest curator Benny Sanders brings the first Landscape Today: An Exhibition of Contemporary Painting to the Harrison Gallery. In October 2017, Sanders created an Instagram account to share contemporary landscape paintings from a catalogue of artists he had been following and gleaning information from to “solve problems in my own work.” Today, the page has nearly 50,000 followers and has given Sanders the opportunity to communicate and network with some of the greatest contemporary landscape painters. 50 of these artists from across the country will participate in this unique exhibit.

More landscape paintings by local artists are on display in the Gallery Annex including work by Megan Wright, Roy Boswell, Vivian Gladden, Donna Shortt and Beverly Bruntz.

In Speck Gallery, Universal Current: An Artistic Geomorphology by Christine Sullivan is comprised of quasi-abstract landscapes that share conversations between the land and the human influence whose imprints and structures echo of times past and present, be it telephone poles, tall barns or rock quarries. This artistic geomorphology endeavor is created through a layering process where I allow the paint and painting to lead me, building up new pathways and breaking down others, utilizing various tools for mark making and revealing what remains as I tap into the flow of nature's passing energy. This force resonates in all manner, inert and living, and that offers solace and a unifying purpose - Earth's geographical community well being.

Circle City Sketches is an exhibition by illustrator, Jingo M. de la Rosa that showcases the art of urban sketching. Through this exhibit, Jingo hopes to elevate sketching as a legitimate art form in the gallery world, while highlighting some of the places in Indianapolis that make it home to him.

The Underground Gallery features More Land, More Water, paintings and drawings by Allen Bannister. Bannister, whose background is in abstract painting, has shifted his focus in recent years to representation and nature, learning about light and color through painting in workshops and with other artists.

Hank & Dolly’s Gallery features work by Cathead Press studio artists Megan Smith and Ashton Boehman.

The Harrison Center’s 36 studio artists open their doors for this event, inviting attendees into the spaces where they create.

The John Fell Swingtet will be playing live swing music with John Fell on guitar, Dianna Davis on clarinet, Robin Hopkins on banjo, Aaron Ransdell on bass, and Mike Kessler on drums! Join Naptown Stomp Lindy Hop Society with live music and swing dancing in the gym!

The work hangs through September 27.

With support from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, Indiana Arts Commission, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, Sun King Brewery, and Matinee Creative.