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Review: Goodine and Smith at Harrison Center

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Linda Adele Goodine, "Marie's Sister" (polyflex photographic print)
  • Linda Adele Goodine, "Marie's Sister" (polyflex photographic print)

Herron Professor of Photography and Intermedia Linda Adele Goodine and her student Kyle Channing Smith combine their talents in this exhibit, starting with Goodine's large format photographs, which address concerns mythological and historical - with an overarching concern for the process of becoming a woman - against the familiar backdrop of the near north side neighborhoods of Indianapolis.

In "Antoinette," a young woman - seemingly unafraid of getting her head chopped off - sunbathes on a strip of rococo wallpaper on a snow-covered suburban landscape. A bugle that makes an appearance in "Antoinette" reappears in the photograph "Scout," where a Boy Scout and his dog walk on an ice-covered lake. Their destination is outside the frame, but you might imagine that their winter walk mirrors some ancient mythological quest.

In Goodine's evocative photographs, the magical and the everyday mingle, while the work of Kyle Channing Smith is more quotidian. Her video "I'd Invite You, But You'd Just Stand Around Looking Awkward" features Smith with black outlined lips nose and eyebrows acting out an endless, looping series of verbal pauses.

"For the Guy" features a crocheted sweater with a note on it reading "For the Guy in the Shop I never worked up the nerve to talk to." While this might still be the work of a young artist still experimenting with a wide variety of media, it's easy to relate to Smith's apparent trouble in getting her points across.

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