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Harrison Center for the Arts

An eclectic salute to the 3-year-old downtown newsletter (and the downtown neighborhoods it covers), this series of exhibits created an even greater than usual buzz at the First Friday opening Sept. 5. In Gallery One, Craig McCormick’s photographs lead us to “a visual study of ‘economic entropy,’” thus turning our attention to the turnings that occur to a particular place over a period of time. In static front and center pose of buildings the aesthetic starkness jars sensibility, and leads to a trio of photographs titled “Buds,” depicting the common denominator beverage, snack inspirer and Styrofoam cooler. “Arthur Ball’s House” delivers whimsy, carried over to the examination of “The Postmodern Luxuries of Self-Discovery.” McCormick’s strongest statement, however, resides in “Portraits,” where we feel the impact of urban life on real people. Lori Miles’ sculptures of buildings thrust us into urban in-between spaces, unexpectedly askew or in-your-face. Gallery Two features “Stop, Watch,” an engagingly introspective video installation by Jim Walker. Downstairs take time as well to mull over Mark Pack — Painting Specimens and in the VSA Gallery linger over potter Sean Gray’s bowls aglow with floral arrangements. At the opening, visitors could create over-sized luminaries in the courtyard and collect information about the nine historic neighborhoods in the gym. Through Sept. 30; 317-396-3886, www.harrisoncenter.org.

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