"Three and a half stars
Big Car Gallery
Derek Larson and Jonathan McGlothin, two Herron grads, curated this conceptually based grouping of works by young, emerging artists — many of them peers from Herron who have ventured into other parts of the country and to graduate school. The exhibit theme draws from The Experience Economy, a book and business philosophy touting memorable experience as a commodity. So are these artworks props to create an unforgettable event? Perhaps that was the goal, but results are mixed as these artists still push towards creative discoveries. Larson, an MFA student at Yale, arguably has the most minimal, conceptual work in the show — a white LP sleeve turned to rest on the floor and against a wall. The sleeve’s center hole creates a Robert Irwin-type shadow. Larson’s central floor installation, made with a carpeted wall section, curved canvas, Oriental rug sample and antlers, shows the influence of Yale’s Jessica Stockholder, whom he assists. But what gave this piece significance is an inkjet print by Pete Deevakul (also of Yale) placed behind Larson’s assemblage. Deevakul’s image of the cover of a skateboarding magazine linked Larson’s work to the form of a skateboard ramp. Through May; 317-501-3252, www.bigcar.org.