If aliens landed in Indiana and lived to tell about it, how would they describe the landscape to friends back home? How about some artists from, say, back East, who found themselves plunked down in an Indiana field? How would they “paint home” about Indiana’s landscape? Peter Kitchell’s ‘Indiana Field & Girder,’ part of ‘Three Interpret Indiana’ at Editions Limited Three artists, two from Massachusetts and one from New York, did just that recently — not by chance but by invitation. Editions Limited Gallery invited three artists whom the gallery represents — Robert Masla, Peter Kitchell and Heidi Coutu — to drop down in Indiana, paint supplies in tow, and see what they could see. An intriguing premise, to be sure; certainly it presented an opportunity to challenge the mentality — particularly of those from either coast — of Indiana as that place with the Motor Speedway or, worse, flyover. So what did these artists do with the Indiana landscape? In a word, they made it uncomplicated. In another word, they made it beautiful. Each presumably spoke from their own aesthetic perspective in realizing their vision of Indiana. Masla idealized Indiana’s lush agrarian places, its sweeping river bends and idyllic tree-laden valleys with his detailed, electric brush. Coutu did the same thing, but with a more impressionistic spin. A pond at Eagle Creek Park was transformed into Monet’s lilies. Kitchell, though, abstracted our rural spaces and played up the agrarian perspective, creating collages of farm machinery parts mixed with digitized snippets of the actual landscape — focusing on its brighter side. In one particularly compelling image, Kitchell incorporated a large snapshot of a tractor graveyard, a delightful find. Who knew there was such a thing lurking in Indiana’s hidden spaces? Perhaps it took an Easterner to uncover it. What Three Interpret Indiana does best is offer an alien view of Indiana that makes it look pretty good. If this engenders a renewed appreciation for the place we take for granted, all the better. Sometimes it takes a close encounter of the ... well ... third kind to show us what’s golden. On the subject of alien landings, Editions Limited has transplanted its ship from its Northeastside location to Broad Ripple. The 35-year-old gallery’s new digs are something to behold: spacious and sprawling in a two-story house-type structure, well-lit, trees all around. Three Interpret Indiana, featuring works by Heidi Coutu, Peter Kitchell and Robert Masla, is on view through June 11 at Editions Limited Gallery Of Fine Art, 838 E. 65th St., 466-9940, www.editionsltd.com.

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