Three and a half stars
en Route Gallery, Harrison Center for the Arts
Kurt Vonnegut has to be loving this ubiquitous representation into arts of the titles of his literary works. The imaginative renderings of the student artists indeed exists in an indefinite number of thought levels, thus causing the viewer to re-think the standard approach to the old saw, “Never judge a book by its cover.” “Visuals from a totally naïve approach” is one way of looking at the newly minted book covers, ceramic sculptures and paper art. For Very Special Arts students, a differentiated curriculum takes a topic in popular currency and adapts it so the students can enter it and create a work that is both aesthetic and meaningful to them and the viewer of the art. Representations of Vonnegut’s Monkey House bring to mind the freewheeling ideas in the book. Who is to say a monkey must have but four limbs? Bluebeard represented on ceramic paint cans seems to “go into his head,” while it makes sense to represent Happy Birthday Wanda June with ceramic cupcakes. The sculptures and pencil drawing of Vonnegut (based on Web photos) are amazing for their insights into the man. Don’t miss this exhibit. You’ll not only find deeper meanings for the books, you’ll equally comprehend yourself and the world a little bit better. Through May; 317-974-4117, www.vsai.org.