ALCHEMY art + aesthetics
ALCHEMY art + aesthetics celebrates one year of offering contemporary art by burgeoning artists in a gallery/salon setting. The mixed-use space has worked so well that the Arts Council of Indianapolis kicked off its “Be Indypendent/Buy Indy Art” campaign at the venue. The celebratory anniversary show, according to a helpful stylist, is a “gathering of special people” and clever concepts are not in short supply. Most exhibitors participated in the first ALCHEMY exhibition: Ryan Abegglen, Rene Gonzalez, Robert Meko, Mark Miller, Eric Parcell and Peter Shear. Overall, the group of 2-D artworks — from expressive figure drawings to mixed media photo-based collage — shows these artists are on the way to saying something of relevance. But I get the sense they are just probing into their potentials. Gonzalez’s systematic “Avatar #1-14” series of drawn grids on paper transforms like computer code patterns and crossword puzzle designs. As visual objects, they could be more compelling, but inspiration is present. Meko shows muscle in the weight of his charcoal lines and suggestive red washes that define the head region in his figure drawing “Tom Peepy.” Through Sept. 29; 317-634-9700, www.myspace.com/alchemygallery.