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  • Keith Dull

The Bona Thompson Memorial Center (5350 E. University Avenue) is home until October 2 to “INprint,” a group showing of original prints whose mediums include linocuts, silkscreen, and etchings. The artwork is working with the theme “IN Irvington.” Some I liked immediately were Sandra Tipton’s photo etching of a group of children on a playground, laughing and jumping on each other’s backs like kids are wont to do, and Anders Sandstrom’s “Bather,” a pen-and-ink piece that was made up primarily of a series of dots and hash marks. I like that getting close to the various prints revealed a layer of intricate patterns which made it clear that diligent hours had been spent creating the work.

Pieces by Keith Dull were anything but: The first I saw was a black-and-white linocut with spiders scuttling beside an array of prisms, some of them just slivers of black on the white background. Another favorite were the brains attached at the medulla, and "Binary Spirits,” in which multi-patterned figures that looked a bit like menacing kachina dolls faced off in a duality of non-color.

I liked best Amy Tull’s “Light,” whose red background was home to equally-hued blobs that looked like red blood cells. They seemed to float within a black square from which white strips dangled like a collection of wind chimes. Also nice was Laurie Kemp’s “Song Sparrow II,” the first piece in which I noticed the extreme number of patterns some of the artwork contained. Kemp used tiny squares that were almost like a grid, a series of rich black spirals, something that first appeared to be dots but was actually a number of almost-leaf shapes, and a tree whose greenery looked like crumpled paper, a perfect resting place for a bird made of its own series of patterns.

Display hours vary. Call 317-353-2662 to make an appointment.

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