John Domont, master painter of the horizon, is expanding his horizons as a gallery owner. Over the years, he has evolved his gallery/studio, Domont Studio Gallery, from its Faris Building location to its present free-standing space on South East Street, just across from the Eli Lilly complex.
Work by Magdalena Segovia is part of the current ‘Group Show’ at the Domont Studio Gallery, up through March 13; 685-9634.
Domont, who has carried some locally-based, big-name artists such as James Wille Faust and Harry and Lois Davis, and earned recognition for collective efforts such as the Altar show (in conjunction with Spirit & Place) and the Wood show (his own creation), is now showing more artists in the traditional sense. These artists range in styles and geographic base — the Russian Irina Koronova lives in California, for example; and others, such as Magdalena Segovia (from Mexico), are also from elsewhere, but have found a home in Indiana. Does Domont have a particular bent towards a style or sensibility? If he does, it’s an expansive one. The thread, if one could be discerned, is a solidity of voice. Nhat Tran, who has grown a following here over the years, is known for her ethereal and complex abstractions in encaustic. While her media are not limited to encaustic, neither is her eye. Newer works, including those in Domont’s current group show, indicate the artist’s firm standing when it comes to highly complex and anything but carefree abstractions. “Against the Flow,” in mixed media on masonite, is a carefully wrought abstraction with its center piece a burst of red like shattered glass. Certainly there are layers of aesthetic, if not symbolic, meaning; but the overall sense is spiritual. The aforementioned Koronova seems to suggest the same idea — although with more concrete imagery. The artist’s series of small paintings depict hallways, windows and doors leading to other vacant or natural spaces; but again, there is a heavenly quality. We are being beckoned into and out of these places that are not of this world. Other artists such as Sam Sartorious (of Indianapolis) also explore ethereal places. Sartorius’ worlds are those of the psyche. Although her seemingly spontaneous but carefully worked (to their benefit) abstract-figurative paintings speak from personal realms, there is a meeting place to which we are invited. There is a beauty to her individuality that calls us to reflect upon our own. And Faust, whose supremely surreal worlds are precisely airbrushed and intoxicatingly “real” geometric landscapes — along with his newer, other-worldly, three-dimensional painted birds — like the others, contributes to a spiritual grounding that is one of the gifts of art. Other artists included in this showing — Harry and Lois Davis, Red Rohall, Sandra Falcone, Brian Myers, Magdalena Segovia and Domont himself — adhere more or less to what appears to be emerging as Domont’s predilection for the deep spaces of the psyche and spirit. Certainly, Domont’s begging bowls reach into the depths, and his “At the Table of the Buddha” in this exhibition furthers the notion of spiritual reflective pools, as well as the chaos that is sometimes necessary to guide us there. Domont Studio Gallery’s Group Show of gallery artists is on view through March 13. Visit the gallery at 545 S. East St. during regular gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5, or by appointment. Call 685-9634 or visit DomontGallery.com.