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Inside and Out presents the works of fifteen Painting MFA candidates at the Painting Center in NYC


Inside and Out

July 15th- August 9th. 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday July 17th, 6 – 8 pm

The Painting Center is pleased to present Inside and Out, a group exhibition of works by 15 different artists.

Inside and Out presents the works of fifteen MFA painting candidates from Indiana University

These artists reference a plurality of sources in their work, building upon tradition and figuration with a focus on individualized expression. The works navigate the liminal space between observation and abstraction and articulate the tensions that result when referencing worlds both inside and outside of the self.

Many of the featured artists visualize this tension in self-created realities that evolve from the figure. Mike Reeves transmutes abstract collages into narrative scenes that expose the arrested sexual and social development of today’s male youth. Rhizome: Looking Out, by Nathan Foxton, synthesizes information from reality and imagination to create a fragmented space that hovers between the possible and the impossible. Zach Koch synthesizes popular culture and art historical references developing hectic overlays that reference the inundation of imagery available in current user-generated, “infinite scroll” websites.

Christina Weaver is among those who address the aforementioned tension by a reevaluation of the traditional practice of direct observation. Her painting Maw culls from still life, fabric arts and drapery to reference the body and consider gender stereotypes. Greg Burak’s Moving captures moments of stasis, accentuating the poetry and tension hidden in the in-between.

Others express this tension by imbuing purely psychological subjects with a sense of reality and substance. Nakima Ollin’s abstractions are intimate worlds of color that simultaneously hold on to the picture plane and recede into infinite space, suggesting both a physical and psychological landscape. Tyler Wilkinson’s collages explore the legacy of racial stereotypes and their effect on issues of identity and self-worth.

Joe Kameen’s invented narratives use chromatic color, exaggerated action and humor to explore the existential and psychological questions of myth. Greg Watson’s sculptural painting Rainbow Stela addresses physicality, spirituality and the legacy of Minimalism with humor and playfulness. Other participating artists include: Autumn Bussen, Maria Korol, Taylor Leaman, Nathan Perry, Taylor Woolwine, and Ekaterina Vanovskaya.

Professor Tracy Templeton travels with her work to Korea, China, and Belgium

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Photography MFA Adam Reynolds Featured in The Washington Post

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IU Students Win Southern Graphics Conference International Undergraduate Fellowship for the 2nd Consecutive Year

IU MFA Ceramics Alumna Christine Golden Receives Zanesville Prize

Photography BFA alumni (2003) Shana Berger appointed to the Andy Warhol Foundation Board

Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design Graduate Student received Grande Prize Award in national juried exhibition and to participate in Talente 2015 in Munich, Germany

Rowland and Chinami Ricketts Win 2014 American Made Award

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Studio Art Faculty Receive Awards and Leadership Positions

Professor Dolinsky receives new Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award

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IU art professor selected for ‘State of the Art’ show at Crystal Bridges Museum

Sculpture alumni Richard Saxton and Stuart Hyatt (MFA, 2003) return to IU for M12 Collective book launch