Mount Comfort Space; through Feb. 19.
This exhibit covers the period between
the mid-'90s and 2007 when Koutsouras was putting out a more
thematically varied body of work than in the selection of new work on
display in the iMOCA gallery. You can see here figure studies in
charcoal on paper, oil on canvas landscapes and seascapes and
work that at first glance might strike you as pure abstraction.
In “The Rehearsal — Take
Five” (oil and mixed media on canvas), you see an orange canvas
seemingly stained with watermarks. When you look closer you can make
out the outlines of nearly nude, standing figures. They appear alone
among themselves. Perhaps they’re talking with one another. In
any event, they’re facing away from you; their facial
expressions are a mystery. The power of the work comes as much from
what’s hidden as from what’s revealed.
You might say this about much of his
work. “East West Directional” uses almost the same
palette to portray a sort of compass of the mind with a blue line
pointed west from the center, perhaps tracing the path that the
artist’s life has taken. If that’s reading too much into
the work, then it stems from the fact that Koutsouras’ work
engages my imagination like few other artists out there. 634-6622,
1043 Virginia Ave.; www.IndyMoca.org.