Review: Habitat showcase at the Harrison 

***1/2
click to enlarge Stacey Holloway, "Rebuild," from Habitat: For the Love of Humanity
  • Stacey Holloway, "Rebuild," from Habitat: For the Love of Humanity

According to Jim Morris, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, artists participating in Habitat - part of a 25th anniversary celebration for his organization - were given one directive: "You as artists interpret what home means to you." Thus, the Harrison Center's walls were stuffed to overflowing with work that reminded just how many talented artists are making their home in Indy.

In the main gallery was one standout, Stacey Holloway's "Rebuild," a wood-frame model house on stilts that might just be the ideal home for the age of global warming. I can't neglect to mention William Denton Ray's "Haunted," a painting that seemed to be haunted by alien-like creatures, a pink bird, and weird personages wearing what look like postmodern tribal masks.

Topher Aodhsson has a slightly different idea of the family unit. His "Untitled" is reminiscent of the work of Maxfield Parrish in its portrayal of a young family, with a young woman looking forward - into the future, perhaps - holding her child in one arm, her other hand placed on the shoulder of a man you presume to be her husband. Aodhsson's an artist with great feel and great skill who never fails to engage.

Through May 26 at the Harrison Center for the Arts

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