"Images from Nature: Paintings, Prints & Photography by Hee Sook Kim, Catherine Bebout, Zeva Oelbaum
Two and a half stars
Indianapolis Art Center
Images from Nature adorns the IAC’s main foyer. An ode to nature’s awe-inspiring power, this exhibit attempts to capture the international language of spirit and nature. Catherine Bebout’s pigmented prints are perhaps the most unique and successful of the lot. Authentic and weathered, her rugged prints are the stuff that treasure maps are made of. Faded images suggest scattered continents and the warped lines create a typographical flow, capturing the essence of the traveler in nature. Zeva Oelbaum goes the traditional photographic route, capturing large-scale gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes. “Dogwood and Spider Flower” feature the oldest form of photography: cyanotype. This primitive process of object-as-negative makes it the perfect medium to explore nature’s secrets. Finally, Hee Sook Kim’s “Spiritual Medicine Series 2, 2006” is a medicinal and herbal homage. This eclectic survey explores the transplantation of Western and Eastern cultures. A throwback to old Korean painting, Kim’s works contain waxy layers, dried herbs and plants, and Sumi ink. The result is a 50-panel installation featuring native plants, sprawling languages and pictorial representations of the nature from, and the spirits within, many countries. Through July 22; 317-255-2464.