Transforming the Artist House next to Tube Factory into a gallery, nine artists explored subjects that both terrify and fascinate them. Installations, sculpture, and photography transfigured the unconventional space into a series of visionary experiences curated by local artist Nick Witten. Though LUSH included the work of nine artists, the unique voice and style of each converged in themes of trauma, identity, memory and personal narrative that ebbed and flowed throughout the show.
“My goal was to bring work that dealt with subject matter and used mediums that I had not seen represented in Indiana much,” Witten said of his choice of artists. “Subject matter such as body politics and identity based art work and mediums like video, digitally rendered imagery, and performance. I also wanted to bring in young, non-Indiana based artist to the Indiana art scene.”
The nine artists whose work was displayed (Katie Shroeder, Monica Sandoval, Steve Moore, Brent Lehker, Philip Košćak, Clare Gatto, Emily Freese, and Eric Broz) had a few things to say about what they included in the show and their artist process as a whole, which can be read about here.
Witten finished to say he felt like a lot of the work show reflected contemporary issues and conversations on a national scale compared to what he generally sees from local emerging artists. See documentation of the gallery here.