Shop Gallery, Indianapolis Art Center. Ellie Siskind is retiring from the IAC
this year. This sampling of work could be considered a celebration of sorts
— and a reminder of her vital presence in the Indy art community. In her
acrylic painting "Generations" you see three generations of women merged with a
tree as if they are themselves carved out of wood. The grandmother is down near
the roots and the mother, merged with the trunk, is holding the hand of her
daughter whose arm extends up into new branches. This painting, one of seven
now on display at the IAC entrance, is as clear and distinct in its ideas as it
is technically stunning.
"Sunset Water," Siskind's deeply entrenched understanding of color
theory is on abundant display. Here you see complementary colors cyan blue and
orange/red in the water as you would see them in nature while the red and black
horizon that embraces this water gives the scene an ethereal, magical quality
that transcends all theory and instruction.
Oct. 3, 317-255-2464, www.indplsartcenter.org.