There’s too much going in the downtown Indy galleries this First Friday for you to see everything that’s going on in one night. Wouldn’t it be easier if some of the downtown galleries opened earlier in the week?

That's exactly what's happening at the Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) Wednesday night, which will be the debut evening for a group of artists who have recently opened studio space in the complex.

“We’ve got the new section, the South Studios of the complex, where artists are moving in,” says Wug Laku, who has had gallery space in the CCIC since 2007. His mission is to fill the sprawling 13½ acre complex with art studios and galleries.

Among the artists on hand Wednesday evening in the South Studios will be Carmen Hurt, showing off her new gallery space, and Carla Knopp, who will debut her Dewclaw Gallery.

That Knopp has chosen the CCIC to house her gallery is a major coup for Wug Laku and his fellow CCIC artists and gallery owners. Knopp, in addition to having solo shows of her work at the Harrison Gallery and the 4 Star Gallery, recently had her work featured in the prestigious journal New American Paintings.

“This first show [at Dewclaw] features paintings from my ongoing Lane Markers series,” says Knopp. “And this will be the first time I have shown them as a group. These works are painted on a metallic ground which has an unusual optical and subjective effect.”

Other highlights on Wednesday night will include a solo show by Joseph Crone in Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage. Crone’s hyper-real pencil drawings on two-sided frosted acetate might remind you of film noir motion-picture stills.

Crone isn’t the only artist in the CCIC with a penchant for the hyper-real. Matthew Davey, who recently had a sculpture as well as a painting featured in the Unclothed: Exposing the Art Nude show at StutzArtSpace, will be on hand in his studio.

Because of his technical skill, you might feel like you’ve been transported back to the Italian Renaissance when you step into Davey’s space, But Davey’s art also seems contemporary in both its subject matter and in tone. To quote Baudelaire, great art at once is eternal and reflects its time and place.

After seeing all this work, you might decide you want to come back and see it again. In which case you can — on First Friday. The CCIC galleries and studios will also be open on that night for the IDADA Artwalk.

“On Friday we’ve got a vanful of people coming in from Kokomo, from the Economic Council, to tour the place,” says Laku.


Arts Editor

Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.