Review: FSDC Book Launch

"Sugar Tattoo," from the cover of "FSDC."

Shared Heritage; through Nov. 25. Works by Beth Corneglio, Kat Mitchell, Benny Sanders, Erin K. Drew, Jacob Gardner, Lisa Berlin, Zach Bell, and Jason Pittenger-Arnold.

FSDC Book Launch did not offer much of an exhibition in the conventional sense of the term - it consisted of a grouping of cell phone videos about daily life in Fountain Square playing on a television, the pages of the newly released FSDC book pinned up on the walls, the results of the participatory drawing session from prior exhibition ONE NIGHT STAND, and various self-published books for sale.

It did, however, offer a glimpse into the work of a group of promising artists from Fountain Square. The eight artists who have work in the FSDC book work communally. FSDC, which stands for "Fountain Square, Don't Care," is a phrase used to describe their sort of "aw, shucks!" attitude. The FSDC book contains an eclectic selection of drawings, collages and photographs that vary from humorous to angst-ridden.

Artist-produced 'zines have been notably uncommon in Indianapolis, and it is refreshing to see artists taking the prerogative to collect and publish their work. One of the best works for sale was Repetition Is The Father Of Learning, which consists of "20 copies of a picture of Lil' Wayne & 20 Google translations of 'No Homo' from English to Japanese and back." Each translation is more ridiculous than the last; the book constitutes a clever semiotic exercise that works to unpack one of the most quizzical colloquialisms to enter the English language in recent memory.

There is a huge amount of creativity residing in the artists of Fountain Square, and the people behind Shared Heritage are doing a great job of channeling that creativity into something tangible.

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