One must travel through a variety of landscapes physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. This collection of work represents the range and terrain of the artist’s expedition into the known and unknown. These paintings reflect and project a story of questioning, self reflection , unraveling, letting go, rebuilding and remembering. The conclusion of this chapter signifies a re-emergence into a present projection of desire to communicate and connect past experiences in a tangible way with gratitude and benevolence.
“To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me— That is my dream!”
This exhibition features the various works of 5 artist working in the African American Diaspora expression. Together their voices create a new narrative that recites stories as individuals and experiences of the whole.
Adam Nahas, of Cyclops Studios LLC, has been involved in art since childhood. He graduated from Indiana University in 2007 where he majored in Studio Art with concentrations in Metals and Sculpture, and minored in Art History and Mathematics. He went on, to work with foundry man and artist, Mark Parmenter of White River Foundry who exposed Nahas to multiple international artists and art projects. Nahas then set up his own studio in Bloomington, Indiana, to assist other creatives, by turning their creative ideas into a reality. Since the inception of Cyclops Studios, he has been commissioned to do hundreds of varying art projects with numerous artists from around the globe.
Adam’s creations represent a vast and unique repertoire of his personal interests. Not limiting himself, he pursues a variety of subject matter, mediums, and art forms. His knowledge of anatomy and his attention to detail, have allowed him to create a range of styles, exhibitions, projects and artworks. Nahas’ work ranges from 2D work, including unique portraits, graphic design, prints, sketchings, and comic illustrations fantasies, to 3D work including kinetic sculpture, fired earthenware, bronze memorial/monuments, robotic prototypes, and other various mediums.
My goal for modeling is to breathe life into clay and bronze. For me, a portrait is more than a likeness; it should capture the spirit and essence of the character. I am confident that I have the means to shape different mediums around me, and by doing so, I can turn near anything into visually stunning artwork.
“These memorial urns help create permanence to the memory of loved ones past. I wanted to make each urn unique to the individual, in a way that was personal to the family but also develop a familiarity to those that never knew them. This reveal, strengthens the dynamic each casting has, and helps to pass down a very personal element to future generations. At first glance the urns simply look like vases, however if you align your face up to the same field of vision as the urns, 2 faces looking at each other will appear, and the hidden profiles emerge.”
Amber Robinson is the driving force behind We Came to Create Studio & Pop-Up Shop and Seasons In Bloom Food Truck.
Amber would consider herself more of a creator than an artist. She prides herself in trying to explore her creativity through all kinds of mediums. The pieces she has provided for this month’s feature of the month are collages made with 100% recycled paper from Bloomington’s newspapers and city programs and intricately beaded earrings. If you search within the collages, you will find bits and pieces that are a reflection of Bloomington’s artistic spirit. Through her work and businesses, she hopes to influence others to let down their guard and explore their creative and entrepreneurial abilities.
H. Ward Miles strongly feels that her work has an important and necessary dual meaning. There is the personal and there is the political. She creates abstract work addressing a variety of topics both comfortable (family, love, relationships, parenthood, nature) and uncomfortable (social injustice, racial inequality, political differences, environmental destruction, war, sexism and fear) and seeks to represent the harsher aspects of life in addition to the complicated, but often universal beauty found in daily life throughout the world. Her paintings, often described as maps of her memories, give her audience a sense of great joy and happiness, but maintain enough of an edge to provide contrast and interest.
Bloomington High School North Students – “The Dog Show”
The Mission of the Bloomington High School North community is to seek knowledge through inquiry, wisdom through understanding, success through achievement, and purpose through service to others. With the help of instructor Stephanie Bruce, a group of artists will be presenting “The Dog Show,” an exhibition that includes the work of a variety of students (and just a few faculty/staff) within multiple art mediums.
Life Design Students – “Bloomington Vantage”
LIFEDesigns is a local non-profit that provides services to individuals with disabilities. A Service that LIFEDesigns currently has is called LECO – Life Enrichment and Community Opportunities Program. It is a community based alternative to a typical day program. The group meets Monday through Friday and has two classes in the morning, lunch, then one class in the afternoon.
The group currently has a photography class that was granted money from The Smithville Foundation to buy digital cameras for the group to use in this class. They have been going to places in Monroe County and taking pictures. The art provided for the gallery show will showcase the groups best prints of photography from this class.
Mining Strata: Interventions on Waste reevaluates resources deemed “waste” and invites the materials back in to a meticulous, loving atmosphere. The artist is interested in assigning new purpose and life to the curated elements, providing them a unique trajectory. The sculptures represent a manifestation of material as a coping mechanism for the artist’s physical existence, a practice in which he can meander in the delicate balance of beauty and ugliness. In a time of resource inefficiency and mass production, Vosel’s art is a meditative means of communication used to navigate his environment of perpetual waste.
Broadcast is a collaborative body of work exploring the idea of mechanical surveillance. The work illustrates what portraiture would look like if made by a machine.
As consumer culture progresses, the demand for cheap and quick photography continues to evolve. Cameras can be found everywhere, even in mobile phones and laptops. The accessibility to create an image is constant.
What if these camera eyes were looking back ?
To quote Friedrich Nietzsche, “….When you stare long into the abyss, The abyss gazes also into you.”
Refuse to Sea is a light reactive exhibition that aims to bring to the foreground environmental concerns. Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans. It’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world. In 2025, the annual input is estimated to be about twice greater, or 10 bags full of plastic per foot of coastline. Area artists have been prompted to create original art works composed of recycled and found materials that might otherwise end in our beautiful oceans.
Artists include Eric Brock, Kelvin Burzon, Jade Council , Tim Lynch and Larissa Danielle Wingate.
Portraits in Color is an evolving body of work that focuses on capturing the color and character of artists and performers in the queer community. Using drag as a vehicle to capture hidden personas, these intimate portraits are a result of collaborative and playful studio sessions involving loud music, constant costume changes and lots of wigs.Together, we create a narrative that brings out the surreal, unique and fantastic characters that lurk beneath the surface of our daily Bloomington lives.