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First Friday roundup for May 2013

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Tripper Dungan, "Sir Hamburger and Friends" from What's for Dinner? at Monster Gallery
  • Tripper Dungan, "Sir Hamburger and Friends" from What's for Dinner? at Monster Gallery


Candice Hartsough McDonald and Emily Gable
Harrison Center for the Arts through May 31
★★★1/2
Candice Hartsough McDonald's paintings contain visual riddles. Looking at "Carefully Placed," you might ask why a bird is making a nest that contains a miniature two story colonial house? And why is she laying her eggs in the house's cupola? In "It lived a good life," why are two snakes curling in front of a house seemingly in the form of a family emblem? By contrast, Emily Gable's mixed media on wood paintings - abstractly embellished triangles meant to resemble rooftops - seem to act in this show as punctuation marks to McDonald's story-rich work.

Homage
Harrison Center for the Arts through May 31
★★★1/2
A group of Indy-based artists make their artistic influences explicit in this group show curated by William Denton Ray. One standout is Philip Apenouvon's "Untitled," a surprisingly engaging mosaic of painted foam slabs of various colors modeled after work by American artists Sol LeWitt. Another is Bobby Gilbreath's "Untitled (Hair as Document)," which channels artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Gilbreath made clever and engaging use of a toilet paper roll on which he hung toilet-paper-like perforated silkscreen prints in roll form. According to Ray, visitors are free to take a sheet home with them, presumably to frame.

Longings: Recent Work by Bonnie Stahlecker
Gallery 924 through May 31
★★★★

Bonnie Stahlecker's art is intricate, precise and unified in its disparate elements. This doesn't mean that her works always mean to project harmony. "Distortion," utilizing painted pigskin, shows the text of Hebrew and Greek biblical verses being overlapped and overwhelmed by nationalistic sermons in the text of an all-too-American English. "Not Written in Stone" is a wall-hanging sculpture in shield form. The shield resembles the stone slabs of the Ten Commandments, but the bulk of the sculpture is covered in goatskin, in turn covering the raised letterforms in Hebrew.

Tripper Dungan: What's For Dinner?
Monster Gallery
Call 317-796-4508 or visit the Facebook page to schedule a visit
★★★1/2
Stepping in through the huge wooden door into Monster Gallery, you see paintings by Tripper Dungan that portray flapjacks with eggs for eyes hitchhiking and jackalopes driving ice cream trucks. You're transported to an alternate universe in this show where there's a Bob's Big Boy on every highway intersection and the food comes out to sing at you. This is Pop Art that, with the donning of 3D glasses, pops off the walls and leaves you hungry for dessert.

Scenes from a Novel: Photographs and Text by Todd Matus
Litmus Gallery through May 28
★★★★
, Matus supplies disparaging diatribes about American culture that sometime come close to the tone of Facebook rants to accompany his gorgeous black and white photographs of rural American landscapes. Such brittle observations are leavened partly by the story he tells. His companion on his road trip, taken in the late '80s, is a possibly insane woman with impossibly bright moments of clarity. She also has the power to change the weather, or at least his perception of it. Sometimes both politics and weather are as local as your own headspace.

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