"Here, there is more of a sense of place where we can be part of a neighborhood," said Efroymson about the relocation to the Fountain Square Cultural District. Increased foot traffic is an improvement compared to iMOCA's last home of five years on Senate Avenue. Fountain Square, Indianapolis, and the arts community are ready to be creatively challenged. This first exhibition featuring Indianapolis-based artists Jeffrey S. Martin and Brose Partington is a smart start, and a reminder that cutting edge art is in our own backyard. Both artists build sculptures employing everyday objects, each connecting viewers through experiences, associations, history, movement or sound.
Martin's crowd favorite, "Switch", is a whimsical, poetic wall installation of 512 automatic light sensor nightlights turned off until triggered by movements of attendees and objects passing in front of ambient light cast by two slide projectors. Suddenly shadows dramatically radiate, like joyous reminders that light equates to energy and life.
Martin's other interactive installation, "Conditioning p2", is a motorized MRI-reminiscent machine (reviewed during last summer's Installation Nation) that reminds one of the fragility of life. Partington's work relevantly comments on contemporary issues, especially through titles like "Goodbye Dubai". His motorized "Drop in the Bucket" ingeniously cycles a steel ball through a drill-like form, down a PVC pipe, through a temporary wall, and out a spout into a pail. "Rocky Trading" is a fabricated metal tightrope-like form in iMOCA's front window. Moving back and forth on a flexing metal line is a gold metal cone like a party hat with a rhinestone-embellished sphere dangling from its base. Fun yet poignant, one can't help but relate imagery of a wrecking ball or New Year's Eve ball to Wall Street: Will the ball drop and when? Through January 16. 317.450.6630, www.indymoca.org