Opposites Attract: Heather Stamenov and Lauren Kussro

Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery through Sept. 27


There's something inspiring about seeing these two artists' work together. Kussro's wall hanging sculptural work is inspired by sea creatures such as barnacles, while Stamenov's large-scale expressionistic portraits show young people getting together - and in the case of "Euphoria" - getting off. In this oil on canvas painting you see a young woman's legs spread apart as she dives into the ocean, and a pair of dolphins jumping out of the water in the space between them. And it's easy enough to experience this kind of euphoria: the Stutz is open for your (free) viewing pleasure 1-5 p.m. weekdays.

Gautam Rao: Unblocked

Gallery 924 through Sept. 27


Gautam Rao's "Sunset on the Water" (acrylic on canvas) is, according to the wall text, inspired by Monet's Water Lilies series. On one hand, it's an explosion of color and light, picturing what (if you stand back far enough) really does resemble a sunset. On the other hand, it might just remind you of a pixelated screensaver. Rao's art seems to borrow both from pointillism and Internet-age mathematics, arriving at an astounding synthesis that you just have to see up close to believe.

Icons and Irony

Long-Sharp Gallery (at The Conrad) through Oct. 11


Text plays a big part in the work on the walls here. The screen print "Morons" by world-famous "anonymous" street artist Banksy portrays the auctioning off of a painting with nothing but text reading, "I can't believe that you actually buy this shit." You also see text in David Kramer's paintings that show beautiful women or products but read like oh-so-ironic greeting cards. Is there any way to greet such work other than with a shrug (ironic or not)? The standouts here are the 25 offset lithographs from Love is a Pink Cake, a 1953 book by Andy Warhol and Ralph T. Ward that celebrated their love for one another via text and illustration. Even the most iconic - and ironic - of pop artists had feelings that couldn't be shrugged off.

Subterrane Nimbus

Indy Reads Books through Oct. 19


Fine examples of the art of printmaking by Herron assistant professor Meredith Setser line the walls of Indy Reads Books this month. But the standout there is the ceiling-hanging installation, created out of handmade felt, that makes the reading area an inviting, intimate place to let the imagination fly, something like your own cave or childhood fort.

Kyle Herrington: Backyard Phenomena

Harrison Center for the Arts through Sept. 27


Kyle Herrington's response to various extraterrestrial threats, spelled out on a wall-hanging piece, "BE SCARED OR DON'T," sums up the attitude of ambivalence this artist has toward THE END. Case in point: In one assemblage you see a meteor that has crashed into a disco ball. You also see here the outline on the floor of a dead body adjacent to a finish line streamer. You might wonder if the outlined dude met his death while cross-country disco dancing. Elsewhere, 3-D meteors pop out of 2-D canvases, alongside a number of paintings that seem flat by comparison (a "dome" in one painting looks like nothing so much as a pizza pie). Qualms aside, this show just might succeed in provoking a laugh or two.


Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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