October 2015: Ways of Seeing

AM2636-HCA_Oct15 GlobalArtExchange Poster Small
AM2636-HCA_Oct15 GlobalArtExchange Poster Small

The Harrison Center for the Arts' cultural exchange program, the Global Art Exchange (GAE) is pleased to announce the 2015 GAE show, Ways of Seeing with an artist reception on Friday, October 2 from 6 to 9pm. This body of work was produced by a community of Indian artists responding to issues facing Indian society such as economic disparity, violence against women, religious communalism, and more. The exhibition presents the artist as holding a mirror to society, making the case that "ideas have consequences" while addressing underlying themes of human need and human dignity common to all cultures. The show is curated by Stefan Eicher of Delhi, India. Eicher heads the Art for Change Foundation whose work includes artist residencies, programs to help individuals discover their creativity, and specialized art workshops for the marginalized and most vulnerable. 

The purpose of the Global Art Exchange is to add depth and diversity to artists' lives and work by engaging them in a collaborative, creative, international community.  The GAE, which was launched in July of 2012, fosters global connections and encourages cross-cultural awareness both in relationships and in artistic expression.  It also seeks to build within the local context of Indianapolis a growing community sense that we live in a global culture and a world-class city.  

The Harrison Gallery presents The Hunt, new work by Nathan Foxton. Foxton is a 2D artist working primarily as an oil painter, but also in collage, photography, digital collage, acrylic, gouache, and drawing mediums. As an undergraduate, he immersed himself in the idea that painting could be a powerful tool in creating a connection with place: culturally, historically, physically, ideologically, and with nature. In graduate school, he says, “I couldn’t ‘land’ in the same way and I had to confront what it was that fascinated me about painting itself. I’m now figuring out how to collide themes of invention and discovery with an observed space. My practice grounds me in active engagement.”

The City Gallery presents Indianapolis Saved on Canvas. Plein air painters Vivian Gladden and Morris Kurz have captured some of the favorite urban Indy scenes.

In the Gallery Annex, work by Lisa Schare-Johnson and Lines & Curves, a father-son show, retrospective of work byStephen Peck and current wood turning pieces by Tom Peck.

In Hank & Dolly's Gallery, recent work by William Denton Ray.

With support from: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Sun King Brewery, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, and Amy McAdams Design. Member, IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association),www.idada.org