Visual Art

Kay Grimm

Outword Bound

Through mid August

The signs around downtown say that Indianapolis is amazing and always new. But if you stop and take the time to look closely at a particular neighborhood, there's a genuine personality to be found beneath the hype. Work by Kay Grimm

Artist Kay Grimm pays attention to Massachusetts Avenue and documents that she finds there, creating assemblages made from found objects and her own photography. These pieces evoke the stories of people who walk, visit, play and live on the Avenue.

Grimm was working as a landscaper for the Riley Area Development Corporation in 2001 when she started to become aware of the richness of discarded objects she was finding through the course of her days on the job. "I found nametags and badges and scraps of paper with idiosyncrasies written on them. I thought, there are stories in these scraps of paper, and I wanted to start getting the voices behind these discarded artifacts."

Grimm has collected 100 of these stories so far. With support from the Indiana Arts Commission she has self-published a collection of the first dozen of them in a spiral bound book entitled Ind! Visible on Massachusetts Avenue. It's a remarkable collection that manages to be both familiar and exotic. Grimm, who has work on display at Outword Bound bookstore (625 N. East St.) through the middle of August, has created a limited edition of 50 copies, which she sells for $10 each. She envisions the project consisting of seven issues in all, each one containing 15-16 of the pieces she calls "stories." Copies can be purchased at Outword Bound and Big Hat Books in Broad Ripple. You can also order a copy be e-mailing Grimm at indyvisible@yahoo.com

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