Visual art Or PostModern Morality. That’s the trick behind the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest genre-bending venture, the presentation of Nausea II, a rock opera video project and, on Friday night, Jan. 14, a rock concert, to boot. All of this comes by way of New York-based artist Guy Richards Smit. Guy Richards Smit’s rock opera film ‘Nausea II’ will screen at Radio Radio Friday. Smit has a thing for assuming the identities of fictional characters he imagines in order to play with ideas and expectations about art, performance and values — that’s where the morality slips in. In the case of Nausea II, Smit’s most recent work, we find the artist inhabiting the persona of Maxi Geil, a glam rocker who is playing the part of a disillusioned pornographer. What happens? Geil falls in love with an equally disillusioned porn actress named Giselle Thurst, who happens, in another incarnation, to sing in Geil’s band, PlayColt, and who, in yet another guise, is played by Rebecca Chamberlain, Smit’s “real life” wife. Whew.
Nausea II — Smit’s rock opera video — and Maxi Geil and his band recently played at the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art in New York. Now they’re in Indianapolis to open a show of Smit’s video work and paintings at iMOCA.
But on Friday night, the party will be at Radio Radio in Fountain Square. The club’s doors open at 7 p.m. Nausea II will be screened at 8 p.m. Then, at 9 p.m., Maxi Geil and PlayColt, whose sound has been compared to Roxy Music and early Bowie, will play a one-hour set. Admission is $5 to benefit iMOCA. Attendees must be 21. Then on Saturday, Jan. 15, the public is invited to the iMOCA galleries at 340 Senate Ave. for Coffee With the Artist. Guy Richards Smit will be on hand to talk about his work. This session begins at noon and is free of charge.
Nausea II and the works of Guy Richards Smit will be on view at iMOCA through Feb. 26. iMOCA is open every Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and admission is free.