Big Car Gallery
Artur Silva continues his exploration of America’s cultural consumerism. Silva, born in Brazil, has been an active and respected Indianapolis-based artist since moving here from New York City after 2001. His first Indianapolis solo show in years is composed of videos and icon-like inkjet prints that combine Silva’s own footage and photos with appropriated commercial imagery and sounds bombarding us — consumers. What or who identifies value? Heard repeatedly in the gallery is Kurt Cobain’s opening guitar riff from Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” accompanying a video of the Statue of Liberty, whose form is erased from her tall platform before reappearing again. A mural-sized inkjet on adhesive paper, “The Wealth of Regions #1,” saturates one of Big Car’s walls with colors and symbolic pictures in a double-image format. Like a brightly amplified billboard, the photographic collage shows heaps of designer clothes, furs and more filling blue and purple dumpsters. A sign reads, “No Fishing for Pensions. No Prada Shoes.” Classic yellow convertibles, representing desires of the past, jet from the sides just next to rainbows. Motorcycles appear ready to ride out from the image’s center. Fountain Square signs decorate the top where South American parrots fly with raptors. Silva is currently installing this same installation in the Netherlands. So how will their culture see America’s advertisements of wealth? As excess or waste? Through Oct. 25; 317-450-6630, www.bigcar.org.