- Peggy in a Power Suit,” “She’s a Mean Breed,” and “Sue in a Power Suit.”
Emily Gable is one of the six young artists showcasing her work in this group show, a part of the Indianapolis Art Center’s Winter Series Exhibition.
And that cartoonishness carries over into much of the work here. Take Eric Stine’s wall-hanging painted constructions. His “Composition 2” depicts a three-legged creature as abstractly as possible with a primary color palette. Or take Erin Drew whose mixed media/ hand-cut-paper “Difficult Women Pop Up Poster” features a depiction of Nancy, from Ernie Bushmiller’s long-running Nancy comic strip. And while Drew might enjoy sticking it to art purists with text in her work like “Welcome Fuck,” it’s hard to see the message of said work, if there is such a thing, as anything but irreverence writ large.
Curator Kyle Herrington makes much of the fact that this work conforms to a DIY ethos, reveling in imperfection and eschewing “3D printers, wireless scanning and ever-evolving machinery,” according to his exhibition booklet text. A corollary might be that these likeminded artists have created a dialoguing community – in this sick, mechanized world – where irreverence is cultivated, an irreverence that largely avoids social commentary or premonitions of environmental apocalypse apparent in much of the work of their peers.
Indianapolis Art Center through January 30, 2016