Review: The young collectors show 

Artwork aimed at 3-12 year olds at Gallery 924

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There's still a couple of days left to see this show, so bring your kids if you have any. It's a show that reflects both the diversity and creativity of contemporary artists living in Indy. Several things distinguish this from your typical gallery exhibition. First of all, the placement of the artwork on the walls is a little lower than normal for the 3-12 year-old-set. Secondly, your typical gallery exhibit doesn't offer coloring books with line drawings featuring line drawings of the 2D and 3D work on display. (There are a limited number still available at the gallery.) The descriptions in this book by the artists quite nicely give insight to the displayed work.

"I consider myself a kind of mad scientist and these are manifestations of my experience in a chaotic world," Todd McCutcheon says. His mixed media on canvas painting is entitled "Artifice, Slate 7." In this work you see a lot of day to day objects that come alive – in Day-Glo colors – that might have an existence somewhere in an alternate universe, a universe where Dali and Picasso are hanging out playing soccer.

Not to be missed is Cathleen Williams' mixed media on birch painting Verda T-8, picturing her English Bulldog Zadee Zee, as a cyborg, the Terminator's best friend. Seriously.  

The inclusion of the work of abstract pieces like Philip Lynam's painting record/record – engaging to the eye with its strange geometric lattice-like juxtapositions – is a wonderful thing. After all, aren't most kids' first art ventures sort of abstract? If I had to pick a favorite, though, I think I'd go with Greg Potter's painting that depicts a hippo in a boat, mostly underwater, with a shark's fin attached and a four-blade propeller.  While adults can appreciate the quite astounding use of color – fine gradations of blue with a limited palette – many children (and children at heart) will more likely be interested in the claim that the title of this acrylic on canvas painting makes: "Hippos Kill More People than Sharks." Who knew?

Gallery 924, 924 N. Pennsylvania St.

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