- On display at Primary Gallery December 2014 Opening Reception: Friday 12/5 6-10 p.m. Indianapolis, IN, November 10, 2014 – Primary Gallery is pleased to present the twelfth showing of the exhibition Toys. An Indianapolis holiday tradition, Toys celebrates the festive spirit of December by featuring artworks exemplifying the theme of toys. The multi-artist show inspires delight, child-like wonderment, and a sense of nostalgia through an eclectic display of humorous, witty, and merry pieces created in a variety of mediums. For Toys, Primary Gallery will support local literacy efforts by teaming up with Indy Reads to raise donations for reading initiatives. Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to tutoring adults in literacy with the goal to make Indianapolis 100% literate and promote the idea everyone should have the opportunity to read. The exhibition will also feature holiday music, ornament giveaways, refreshments, and beer for sale provided by Sun King. Primary Gallery is located at: Murphy Arts Center, Suite 217 1043 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46203 Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014, 6-10 p.m.On display at Primary Gallery October, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday 10/3 6-10 p.m., Closing Reception: Friday, 10/31 6-10 p.m. Indianapolis, IN, September 10, 2014 – Primary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the dynamic paintings of Martin Kuntz. Inspired by the images of print, online media, and television, Kuntz looks to derive meaning from the seemingly meaningless plethora of images and explore how these images affect the subconscious concerning issues ranging from gender roles and masculinity, to violence, wealth, and death. Kuntz recognizes that we are exposed to an incalculable amount of images on a daily basis, yet rarely do we examine and attempt to place value on the images to which we are exposed. By utilizing the layering advantages of acrylic, and the saturation and deep modeling potential of oils, the exhibit's body of works look to mimic the cacophonous noise of everyday life. Through bright logos, and realistically rendered figures painted in an almost collaged manner, Kuntz attempts to fill the canvas past maximum capacity where all images are fighting for dominance and the viewer is forced to determine value and significance. Kuntz earned his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland before returning to his home state of Indiana to continue his artistic career. Kuntz prefers to work on large scale canvases using oils, and occasionally acrylic underneath. Deriving inspiration from images appropriated from childhood, Kuntz utilizes sources including coloring books, comics, and movies. Very rarely does Kuntz have a preliminary plan for a blank canvas, instead he favors the practice of starting from a statement he wishes to convey then allowing the images to find their way on the painting. The closing reception will not only feature an exclusive talk with the artist but will be a Halloween celebration complete with food, beverages, and costumes.
In this vulgar era, this Internet age, we are bombarded from birth on a constant basis with images. These images and advertisements from print, online media and television are inherently meaningful, yet have become nullified due to the overwhelming cacophony of imagery and consumptive chaos of everyday life. We are exposed to an incalculable amount of images on a daily basis, yet rarely do we examine and attempt to place value on the images to which we are exposed. By utilizing the layering advantages of acrylic, and the saturation and deep modeling potential of oils, this body of work looks to mimic the cacophonous noise of everyday life. Through bright logos, and realistically rendered figures painted in an almost collaged manner, I attempt to fill the canvas past maximum capacity where all images are fighting for dominance and the viewer is forced to examine and determine value and significance. This body of work not only looks to explore images I associate with childhood and to derive meaning from the meaningless, but also looks to explore how images affect the subconscious regarding issues ranging from gender roles and masculinity, to violence, wealth, and death. Martin Kuntz
"We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns." — Tom WaitsOn display at the Garfield Park Arts Center, September 2014 Primary Colours' annual event, Art vs. Art, is a truly unique art competition featuring side-by-side face-offs between same-day created paintings. Artists compete head-to-head for a humongous $4,000 cash prize... and you judge. The winner is determined by audience vote; the losing painting faces the "Wheel of Death" unless someone's generous purchase can save the painting from a ruinous fate. Some art will die. Find Out More about Art vs. Art » New in 2014, Primary Colours is happy to announce that all paintings will be on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center between Paint Day and the Main Event. In addition to voting online for the Top 32 paintings to advance to Art vs. Art: The Main Event, patrons at the Arts Center will be able to vote for their favorites in person. Remaining paintings after the event will also be put back on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center, where the paintings will be available for purchase. Garfield Park Arts Center 2432 Conservatory Dr Indianapolis, IN 46203 (317) 327-7135TOYS! CALL FOR ARTISTS: Exhibition General Application Guidelines Primary Gallery is accepting exhibition proposals for our annual Toys! group show running December 5th, 2014 through December 26th, 2014. Proposals will be accepted July 1st, 2014 through October 25th, 2014. Any artist working in and around the Indianapolis area may submit a proposal for the group exhibition by sending a complete artist's packet to:Primary Colours: Primary Gallery 1043 Virginia Ave Suite 217 Indianapolis, IN 46203 Or Email: email@example.com and cc: firstname.lastname@example.org.Artist's proposal should include the following items on a CD or DVD:
On display at Primary Gallery June 2014 Opening Reception: Friday 6/6 6-10 p.m., Closing Reception: Friday, 6/27 6-9 p.m. Indianapolis, IN, May 14, 2014 - Primary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the vibrant artwork of MaryAnne Nguyen. In her newest works, Nguyen finds inspiration from past cultures and societies that possessed a more direct relationship with their environment. Through the use of allegory and symbolism, Nguyen seeks to create images that represent an innate connection to nature and give face to the elements of nature. Inspired by nature's clever designs and its ability to create and destroy, Nguyen provides the viewer with undistracted focus and clarity of form for contemplation. Nguyen explains the process of creating her paintings is like putting together a puzzle; the image, instead of constant, fluctuates and changes as it takes shape on the canvas. After finding all of the pieces of the painting she can focus on the balancing of tone, value, and composition. Nguyen attests that the use of oils allows for the fluidity of light and solidity of form in the work attributable to oils being versatile and vibrant. According to the artist, the subtle shifts in value and hue can be the most arresting details to produce. Nguyen earned her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design and is a Resident Artist at the Wheeler Arts Community.
- 5-10 Images of individual work which may include details
- Artist Statement (not to exceed one page)
- Sketches may be included if applicable
Mother nature is awe-inspiring. I am always intrigued by her fascinating and clever designs and abilities to create and destroy. In my work I strive to arouse empathy for mother nature in all her forms. Whether it be a mountain, an animal or a storm cloud I hope to provide a moment of focus and clarity of form for the viewer to contemplate.The process of making a painting is similar to putting together a puzzle where the image isn't constant. It fluctuates and changes as it takes shape on the canvas. After finding all the pieces of the painting I work on the balancing of tone, value and composition. Using oils, which are versatile and vibrant, allows the fluidity of light and shadow. The subtle shifts in value and hue can be the most exciting details to create. My current works are based on the cycle of life and the ancient concept of the classical elements of nature. These elements frequently occur in many cultures and belief systems throughout human history. This body of work exhibits my influence by societies that have shown a deep rooted, and more direct relationship with their environment. My images, through allegory and symbolism, represent this innate connection and give a face to nature herself. I am eternally grateful for the support and encouragement from my family, friends and community. Without you I wouldn't be able to do what I love. I'd like to extend a special thank you to Primary Colours for this opportunity, to the PC crew for your work and all your support throughout the years. To my muses for this show… Ashley, Chanie, Kikii, Savannah, Shola, Natalie, Roman, Atticus and Moon, there are no words to express my gratitude for your generosity and inspiration. Thank you to my husband Dillon for his patience, love, nightly critiques and for cooking and keeping me alive while I was in my painting zone. Thank you to my right hand, Lindsey for helping install and always reassuring me that everything is going to be okay. Many thanks to Zach at Deepwood Workshop for building my sturdy stretchers. Lastly, thank you to all that come to see my exhibition and helped promote the show, I hope you enjoy it! Best wishes, MaryAnne NguyenOn display at Primary Gallery April, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday 4/4 6-10 p.m., Closing Reception: Friday, 4/18 6-9 p.m. Indianapolis, IN, March 12, 2014 – Primary Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the vibrant sculptural designs of Lauren Kussro. Inspired by the organic forms of nature, Kussro's artworks maintain intricate visual and tactile details. By studying the complex design of roots, flowers, barnacles, fungi, and coral, Kussro is able to inform her work with similar aesthetically pleasing patterns and configurations. The ultimate goal for Kussro is to create an arena where beauty is readily accessible enabling the viewer to participate in the physical acts of slowing down, observing and investigating the beautiful. Kussro earned her BFA in painting and printmaking from Herron School of Art and Design before attending the University of Tennessee for her MFA in printmaking. Currently, Kussro is a teacher and the printmaking technician at Herron School of Art and Design. The exhibit showcasing the installations of Kussro is in collaboration with Primary Colour's Installation Nation. On April 25 and April 26, Primary Colours will host a juried art exhibition of eleven dynamic installations set on the open grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center. The all-ages show will be accompanied by music, children's activities, local food, and beverages Primary Gallery is located at: Murphy Arts Center, Suite 217 1043 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46203 The Indianapolis Art Center is located at: 820 E. 67th Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 2014, 6-10 p.m. Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, April 18, 2014, 6-9 p.m. Installation Nation: Friday, April 25, 2014 6-10 p.m., Saturday April 26, 2014 12-4 p.m.