October 2017: The Proletariat

Anstruther and Balfour, Tyler Meuninck

Join us Friday, October 6 for an artist reception from 6 to 9pm presented by the Harrison Center and event sponsors, the Arthritis Foundation and the Midwest Center for Joint Replacement who will host an Arthritis Resource Fair in the Harrison Center gym. (For more information on the resource fair, contact Ashley Craig, Arthritis Foundation Executive Director, at acraig@arthritis.org or 317-808-9789.)

Former Harrison Center artist Tyler Meuninck returns to Indianapolis with “The Proletariat," a new solo show in the Harrison Gallery. Meuninck creates paintings of often overlooked regional panoramas photographed in transit from Milwaukee to neighboring locations and states. Works include paintings from Indianapolis as well as port cities located near Lake Michigan. The Proletariat is a series of work procured from a visual journal of photographs and drawings, that include modern, candid, and traditional painting configurations. Paintings are made with an appreciation and curiosity for an unnameable, though identifiable industrial presence connected to the communities throughout the midwest. 

The Speck Gallery presents Carolyn Springer’s “Dangerous Beauties, Nefarious Plants and How to Love Them,” encaustic paintings and mono-prints. Romantic and stylized forms of deadly plants and flowers are captured in a darker palette of melted beeswax, which reflects the mysterious, luminous, and shadow side of human psyches. Fantastical creatures in the paintings are a nod to the often hallucinogenic effects experienced when ingesting some of these plants.

The City Gallery welcomes back painter Jed Dorsey with his place-based work that celebrates urban Indianapolis. Dorsey says, “Three reasons I love to paint: 1) it helps me look at the world and see beauty where sometimes I would not otherwise notice it; 2) it connects with my family, because both of my parents and all of my siblings are artists (at least every once in a while); and 3) every painting is a challenge that engages my conscious and subconscious thought processes as well as my heart and hands as I try to bring colors and shapes and values together to make something visually beautiful and moving.”

Curated by Harrison Center studio artist Johnny McKee, Hank & Dolly’s features work by students from Broad Ripple's Ashland Gallery where McKee is an instructor.

Continuing in the Underground Gallery, Transcending the Tabletop, a still life group show includes works that uses still life to explore formal and expressive possibilities. The artists in this exhibition present practices that are active and inquisitive, transcending the ordinary. The show will travel toDutoit Gallery and Fifth Street Gallery in Dayton, Ohio following its Harrison Center run.

The work hangs through October 27.