A drive through the “doughnut areas” between downtown Indianapolis and the suburbs might not seem like the most inspirational of treks for an artist. But Marc Jacobson has found inspiration along such well-travelled routes as Keystone Avenue.
The oil on canvas painting “Back Alley, Keystone” depicts an alley in muted tones, as if viewed during the twilight hours. You can barely make out in the sky some streaks of crimson hinting at the sun’s presence below the horizon. A blurry effect that mimics the perspective that you might have viewing such a scene from inside a moving car; a wall behind a dumpster, mostly painted whit, fails to hide the previous coating on the wall in shades of brown and gray. The painterly streaks of white, of course, come from Jacobson’s own brush.
His oil on panel “Glendale” depicting a parking lot outside the Glendale shopping mall, transforms the familiar into the strange and oddly inviting. The colors are also muted here, except for the mall itself, which glows like a beacon off in the right-hand corner.
There couldn’t be a more perfect venue for such art than the City Gallery, which is dedicated to revitalizing Indy’s “doughnut” neighborhoods. At City Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts through Feb. 24.