Three stars

Bona Thompson Memorial Center, Irvington.

Eleven Central Indiana artists known for figurative work – Lois Davis, Gloria Fischer, Caroline Mecklin, Cassia Margolis, Jim Gerard, and Chris Griffin-Woods, amongst others – deliver an exhibition grounded in the traditions of recording the human form. Approaches tip towards straightforward, realistic and abstract nude studies of a posed model. Although some works venture into narratives involving a person engaged in activity or within a space, few delved into conceptualism or experimentation.  Demonstrating humor, dexterity with oil paints, and compositional mastery, Griffin-Woods’ “Brokeback Studio” shows the backside of a male model clad only in a white cowboy hat and seated partially on a metal stool. The model’s left-sided gaze is illuminated against a burnt umber background. Griffin-Woods’ seemingly equal consideration of a figure and its surrounding space is noteworthy. Known for her quick and thick-lined figure drawings and paintings, Mecklin’s vertical acrylic, “Balance,” risks emphasizing forms of color more than the figure.  A red and orange square sits in the lower right on top of the white primed canvas. Expressive, gestural and rhythmical, the female figure is outlined on the left with strong, dark strokes. She is painted over a loose area of bright green, and wears a touch of sassy red toenail polish. Unframed works by Mecklin and others, including artist/curator Cynthia Blasingham, are also on display in print racks for viewers to peruse. Through Nov. 7.  317.353.2662   www.historicirvington.com.

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