‘Agora,’ by Christos Koutsouras Art, for some people, provides an alternative to nature. Then there are those artists whose work doesn’t just emulate or attempt to represent nature, but actually has the force of natural experience itself. Christos Koutsouras is an unabashed painter. From eye to hand to canvas, his work leaps with immediacy. Last year, Koutsouras returned to his homeland in Greece as part of a Creative Renewal Fellowship. Now he has come back with a collection of large and dynamic works in which his native senses of place, history, myth and nature find full expression. Looking at some of these works can be like finding oneself standing in the vortex of an exploded detail from one of Turner’s 19th century masterworks. As with nature, Koutsouras doesn’t attempt to imitate his precursor. He gets inside the process and brings back the essence. A Conception of Virtue, Christos Koutsouras’ solo show, is being presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) at the Harrison Center’s Chapel Gallery. There will be an opening reception for the artist Friday, Oct. 8 from 6 until 9 p.m. The gallery will be open by appointment through Oct. 31. The Harrison is located at 1505 N. Delaware St. For information call 634-6622.

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