Bootleg Exhibitions: play 

Bootleg Exhibitions: play is the third show in the raw, northwest corner building at English and State, across from what was Mt. Comfort gallery (relocated to Murphy Arts Building) and a place just purchased by photographer Larry Endicott. The brainchild of artists Stacey Holloway and Aaron Nicholson, Bootleg Exhibitions strives to expose Indianapolis to edgy work by emerging artists — almost half of the twenty-four artists represented in play are from out of town. The number of artists could be whittled down, but the gallery is ambitious, takes no commission and, as Holloway stated, is "investing in a good cause." SEND has provided free use of the building, which was long ago vacated. The space breathes with possibilities as art transcends the plywood floorboards, peeling paint, and dank basement inside. play is strongest in contemporary sculptural offerings that are both well-crafted and clever cultural commentaries: Justin Akiem Trapp's installation of white ceramic "paper" airplanes ends with a downstairs collision then shards. Tom Streit's and Jason Bord's "Pink Tetromino" — a skid recreated with pink insulation foam and topped with a heavy stone sculpture — is a mockery of materials. Upstairs, tent-sized inflatable nylon houses, "Past Acting Upon Itself", deflated then puffed up like yard ornaments as a metaphor for, "the ebb, flow and flux of the housing market," according to artist Emily Gustafson. Closing reception is First Friday, March 5th. Through March 5. 1656 English Ave.


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