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Review: 'Color Me ___' and 'Sublime' at iMOCA

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A patron paints the "Color Me _____" mural at iMOCA on Oct. 5.
  • A patron paints the "Color Me _____" mural at iMOCA on Oct. 5.

There was excitement in iMOCA's main gallery on opening night as patrons gripping what looked like giant markers painted between the lines on two, sixteen-foot-wide murals. Andy J. Miller and Andrew Neyer created the outlines, then left it to visitors to paint the rest, coloring book-style, using foam-tipped brushes that one could dip in orange, yellow or baby-blue paint.

The bazooka-sized brushes helped to level the playing field; that is, even if you had the artistic skill of a Monet, transporting your vision to this canvas would present a certain level of difficulty. It was fascinating to watch these patron-artists color in what looked to me like surrealistic clip art; some painted within the lines, some didn't and some painted over everything. I can't imagine, though, that these murals will be as compelling a draw after opening night, with the original artwork largely painted over.

But there's something else going on at iMOCA worth a look: the video installation Sublime is Not a Guilty Pleasure, featuring the non-sequitur texts/tweets of Benny Sanders side by side with the street-videography of Nathaniel Hammond. The latter feels like it was inspired by the last minutes of the Richard Linklater film Slacker. It's set in iMOCA's neighborhood of Fountain Square and features a blurry whirlwind of young adults partying, skateboarding and doing what they do so well before being weighed down by career and parenthood. Through Nov. 17 at Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)

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