Three and a half stars
Sigrid Zahner and Mark Richardson present Duchampian-school assemblages and collages with mixed meanings, but many comment on issues of war. Zahner’s son, enrolled in military college, inspired a personal-turned-political approach in multiple works. “C17” is a hanging wire warplane clad in knitted wool domesticity. A rug-like digital headshot of a young soldier rests on the floor below. Is the image of Zahner’s son? She explained the face was of a soldier recently executed, but the work was made to pose the question of identity. Who is in the photo? Why do we have trouble recognizing individuals in tragedies? Can peace only happen inside a bubble, as Richardson suggests with the use of a clear scientific glass lid covering objects in “Domestic Bliss”? Richardson, known for his ceramic work (three are on view), unveils assemblages that are as thick in meaning as the layers in his bowls. “Arms Race” is a balancing act of well-worn knives and a sword held to a magnetic strip across the wall. Standing to attention like soldiers, each knife shows character and individuality, qualities to value and remember. Through April 28. (317) 636-3243. www.fluxspace.com.