Review: Charles Gick's 'Involving the Sky'

Charles A. Gick, 'Clamped Cloud Reformation'

Indianapolis Art Center; through Nov. 27.

Charles Gick, whose paintings, sculptures, and videos fit like an installation in the Hurt and Clowes Galleries, makes the upper atmosphere seem palpable through depictions of skies.

Repetitive layering of materials such as encaustic, gauze,

and plaster propose Gick's determination to not just

represent the sky, but to recreate its physicality.

"Cloud Repair," a poetic diptych, juxtaposes a conventionally

painted puffy white cloud and blue sky next to a canvas of thickly textured blue

and white wax with dense overlays of hard lined tape. Sky is deconstructed here - if not reconstructed.

"Clamped Cloud" butts two different sky interpretations together - a more traditionally painted atmosphere paired with a flat, graphic panel

showing a Pop-like approach - joining them with an antique metal clamp placed

like a horizon line to interrupt the imagery.

Gick perhaps pays homage to cloud

paintings of Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks; both

artists reflect on shifts, impermanence, and contrast between approaches or materials.

Most evocative is the video "Persistence," in which meditative footage

of slow moving clouds flanked by profiles of two women shows

a rhythmic exchange of blowing and breathing, suggesting

one can move the clouds.