The Contemporary View: The Midwestern Landscape 

Three stars
Domont Studio Gallery

Artists from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin interpret the Midwestern landscape in a painting-based exhibition juried by Sarah Stierch, Domont’s gallery director. Billed as a “non-traditional landscape show” which Stierch clarified as artwork that goes beyond plein air investigation most pieces are tame on experimentation, especially compared to the Midwest Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MiCo) Focus: Midwest (reviewed in March) that pushed the definition of landscape into cultural contexts. But unlike MiCo’s show, Domont’s is strong in painting. A black underpainting services the moody sky and hint of a farm scene in “LaSalle Sky” by Chicago’s Ken Reif. Reif’s expressive, short, overlapping brushwork mimics the motions of his white, quick-moving clouds smothering the sky’s lemon and periwinkle hues. In comparison, John Domont paints on top of a red canvas, which exudes warmth in his latest landscape, “Grace Land.” Within a Rubik’s Cube-like wall work about six inches thick, Larry Endicott’s yellowed phototransfer image shows a vast sky above tiny farm buildings next to a row of electric lines. Black painted gridlines divide Endicott’s image, bringing one to think about living off-the-grid and even to ask, is the Midwest on the grid? Through July 26. (317) 685-9634,

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