Shauta Marsh

Kyle Ragsdale is curator of the gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts. His paintings, with the trademark lanky men and women, leave viewers haunted in a good way. He is currently one of five artists who have contributed work to the public art project Picture Windows 2005. Go to www.harrisoncenter.org for more information.

Q: What are you reading now?

A: Blankets by Craig Thompson, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Q: What do you like about the Indianapolis art scene?

A: I love Indy. I love the art scene here. I am excited about the work people are doing, the shows that [are in the] downtown galleries, the current leadership of the city, the Arts Council and the events and shows that we do at the Harrison Center. I think that this is a great town to be an artist. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and that people are buying paintings.

Q: What don't you like?

A: People that don't like Indy and the art scene. In the words of Otis, "If you don't like it here get the hell out." I think SOME people from here have this inferiority complex and can't appreciate all the great things about being here (cheap rent, friendly people and good community).

Q: What inspires you?

A: The ocean, Josie, fancy magazines, music from Luna downtown and my awesome community of artist friends at the Harrison Center.

Q: Drug of choice?

A: White mocha, Coke and Jack and Coke.

Q: What's the hardest thing about what you do?

A: Artists that bring their work too late.

Q: What's your favorite cartoon?

A: I don't like cartoons but I do like home improvement shows - same thing

Q: Can love be pornographic?

A: I hope so.

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