First Friday Art Show: TRANSPARENCY

Two Indianapolis artists will showcase their distinct viewpoints in a gallery show at Indiana Landmarks Center.

Detail of art glass work by Judie Sloan

June 3, 2022

6-9 p.m. EDT
Rapp Family Gallery, Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue, Indianapolis

Two Indianapolis artists will showcase their distinct viewpoints in “TRANSPARENCY,” a First Friday Art Show opening at Indiana Landmarks Center with a free reception in the Rapp Family Gallery on June 3, 6-9 p.m. The exhibit includes works by glass artist Judie Sloan and Clayton “The Wall Guy” Hamilton, co-founders of InSight Art, an organization which has been showcasing Indy artists since 2012.

A Chicago native and Herron School of Art alumna who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois, Sloan’s glasswork embodies a number of glass disciplines. By incorporating such techniques as blowing, casting, slumping, stained glass fusing, metal inclusion, surface painting, and mixed media, Sloan creates glass expressions of her abstract imagination. “Glass is strong yet fragile, malleable yet rigid,” says Sloan. “Its response to temperature and gravity invites me to explore a world of images and possibilities.”

Clayton “The Wall Guy” Hamilton paints socio-political phrases on 8-foot planks in colors designed to highlight their phrases. The planks are an off-shoot of work he has done for over 30 years on a retaining wall just north of 38th Street and College Avenue in Indianapolis. “The work calls attention to the numerous inconsistencies that were born, and are still being fought against, due to enslavement and its heritage of systemic injustice,” says Hamilton.

Though most expect glass to be transparent, Sloan’s work is opaque, obscure, and ambiguous, creating complexity through abstract gestures of painting with glass. In contrast, Hamilton’s work is designed to inform the public and be easy to understand, using visualization to be frank, clear, simple, and bold.

Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available at the First Friday reception on June 3, 6-9 p.m. Guests can also tour Indiana Landmarks Center at 1201 Central Avenue in Indianapolis. Built as a Methodist church in the nineteenth century, the restored and adapted structure holds theaters and a reception hall in addition to the gallery and Indiana Landmarks’ headquarters. Free admission. This exhibit will be on view at Indiana Landmarks Center until July 22.

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