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Shop Safety and Orientation Part 2

Shop Safety and Orientation Part 2

This class will teach you how to turn rough sawn lumber into useable boards. It’s one of the first building blocks of woodworking. We focus on how to choose wood, where to get it locally, and how each machine can help you prep wood for your projects. This class will give you in-depth instruction on how to use the table saw, planer, and jointer. Completion of this class grants you access to use these machines during Open Shop. We supply sample materials and give you the last hour to practice.

Prerequisite – Shop Safety Part 1
Tools used – table saw, jointer, planer
Materials (all provided) – Wood!
Class time – 3.5 hours
Cost: $75.00

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Shop Safety and Orientation Part I

Shop Safety and Orientation Part I

Required prior to taking any woodworking classes and using Open Shop hours.
Shop Safety is an introduction to the Public Workshop and covers how to safely use some of the basic stationary machines, as well as best practices for working in a community shop.
NOTE: Anyone more than 10 minutes late will not be admitted and asked to attend another class.

Prerequisite – NONE!
Tools used – miter saw, bandsaw, drill press
Class time – 2 hours
Cost: $25

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The Artist as Problem Solver Workshop

The Artist as Problem Solver Workshop

The Artist as Problem Solver:
Understanding the Role of Artists and Arts Organizations in
Community Building, Placekeeping, and Cultural Sustainability

Presented by The Joyce Foundation and Big Car Collaborative

Thursday and Friday, March 1-2, 2018
Big Car/Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203

As part of its ongoing effort to support the capacity of artists and arts organizations to create artworks and cultural participation opportunities that transform their communities, The Joyce Foundation (based in Chicago and supporting artists cities in the Great Lakes Region — including Indianapolis — through the Joyce Awards), is partnering with Indianapolis-based placemaking and socially engaged arts nonprofit, Big Car Collaborative to host an engaging and immersive, two-day convening beginning with an evening keynote and panel on March 1 at 5 p.m, and ending on March 2 at 5 p.m., after a full day of sessions.
This event (which is open to everyone but limited by space so please RSVP soon — links below) is for individual artists, leaders from arts and community organizations, city and neighborhood leaders who collaborate with artists, community organizers, entrepreneurs, urban planners and placemakers, funders, researchers, and others interested in the role of the arts in fostering community vitality in general in Indianapolis and the Great Lakes Region.
The aim of this interactive convening is to deepen and widen the conversation around placemaking to include the critical work of community building and placekeeping in established, economically vulnerable, or demographically fluctuating communities. Centered around first-hand case studies and tool-sharing, the goal of these two days is to provide opportunities for learning and network building that may lead to future collaborations and exchanges.In addition to nationally and regionally recognized speakers and panelists, everyone who attends will be asked to share their areas of expertise, current initiatives, and needs for additional assistance. Time will be allotted to organize around synergies, themes and resource needs.
Please register as soon as possible via the links below to hold your spot. Again, seats will be limited to ensure an inclusive and interactive convening. The final agenda will be disseminated to all registrants.
Registration details:Please register via the links below by February 16 to help us with planning.

Click here to RSVP for opening keynote panel and reception on March 1
Click here to RSVP for full-day convening featuring panels and workshops on March 2
Please remember to RSVP and register for each day separately

Schedule (full agenda coming soon)
Thursday, March 1, 5-7:30 p.m. (opening keynote panel & reception — followed by optional coordinated small-group dinners)
Friday, March 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (full day of panels and workshops)

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Comedian Krish Mohan: Empathy on Sale  

Comedian Krish Mohan: Empathy on Sale  

Comedian Krish Mohan returns to Indianapolis, IN with his new hour of comedy, “Empathy On Sale”.
Featuring Tyson Cox & Nick Witten
Hosted by Carson Tumey

Doors at 8pm. Show at 8:30pm.
Empathy On Sale: Stepping out our bubbles can be hard. Touring Comedian, Krish Mohan is exploring bubble culture and the current divide in today’s political climate. He uses his sharp wit & comedy to illustrate how race, identity politics, and misunderstanding progressivism has led to splitting us apart. He explores Native American culture, effective ways to treat mental illnesses and western culture’s obsession with war and violence – all of which pushes us further into our bubbles. Find out if he can figure out how we can get out of our bubbles!

About Krish: Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and DIY venues with his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor. Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic philosophical & sociological twist! Mohan has also been featured on NPR and performed at several Fringe Festivals (IndyFringe, Pittsburgh Fringe, Capital Fringe, Philly Fringe Arts), where he has been an audience favorite with his unique brand of comedy & social vigilantism. He has also opened for nationally touring headliners like Stewart Huff, Redacted Tonight’s Lee Camp and Hari Kondabolu. Krish is also the host of the weekly socio-political commentary web show, “Fork Full of Noodles” and the podcast “Taboo Table Talk”.

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Audrey Barcio: Under Influence

Audrey Barcio: Under Influence

Heritage is a pressing concern to our generation. Should we allow the past to influence us—are we bound to ancient tools, materials and techniques? Or should we endeavor to make work that is specific to our time, embracing technology and its untested, ambivalent ramifications? If we do, are we at risk of becoming complicit in a catastrophe, or a pale reflection of something fleeting?

In her solo exhibition Under Influence at Tube Factory Artspace in Indianapolis, Audrey Barcio explores these questions in a new series of paintings that examines where the heritage of Modernism intersects with the tools of the Virtual Industrial Age. Her starting point for this body of work is the iconic grey and white checkerboard pattern recognized by contemporary digital designers as a symbol for emptiness waiting to be filled. Transforming that virtual nothingness into concrete form, Barcio employs it to empower interpretations of the iconographic legacy of our Modernist forbearers.

This is a vision of an aesthetic symbology as futuristic as it is rooted in the constructed languages of the past: Suprematism, Geometric Abstraction, Futurism, Orphism, Color Field Painting, Post-painterly Abstraction, Minimalism. The work transcends the accepted cultural raison d’être of this century—the cult of self—to evoke instead the universal.

Under Influence speaks to something ancestral, universal, infinite, and essential. It is a conversation arising not from coteries but from the unifying elements of a common world: shape, color, line, form, material, surface, and the infinite potentialities that arise from relationships.

Commission of these new works were made possible by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation.

Read more about Barcio in this Pattern Magazine story.

Audrey Barcio received her BA from Herron School of Art and Design and her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She attended the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, France, and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2017. Her work has been published in New American Paintings and has been featured in multiple group exhibitions around the U.S., including Art in America at the Art Miami Satellite Fair and GLAMFA at UC Long Beach. She has had solo exhibitions at Syracuse University in New York, in the Las Vegas Government Center, and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work is included in several private collections and in the permanent collection of the Barrick Museum of Art. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

Image: Audrey Barcio, Second Choice, 2017

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Librería Donceles

Librería Donceles

Librería Donceles is an itinerant, Spanish-language second-hand bookstore, created by Pablo Helguera in 2013 out of a desire to address the lack of outlets that serve the growing Hispanic and Latino communities in the United States. Since it was first installed in New York City, has traveled to Phoenix, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Seatle, Chicago and now Indianapolis. Each time that it has been presented, it has constituted the sole Spanish-language used bookstore within that city. This is the same night as the opening night of the  Scott Hocking exhibit at Tube Factory artspace

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Librería Donceles es una en librería itinerante de libros en español de segunda mano, creada por Pablo Helguera en 2013 por el deseo de hacer frente a la falta de salidas que sirven a las comunidades hispanas y latinas que crecen en los Estados Unidos. Desde que se instaló por primera vez en la ciudad de Nueva York, ha viajado a Phoenix, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Seatle, Chicago, y ahora Indianapolis. Cada vez que se ha presentado, ha constituido en ser la única librería de libros en español dentro de esa ciudad.

Part functioning bookstore and part participatory installation, it confronts the very tangible implications of particular social dynamics, revealing social structures that exist within plain sight, while powerfully advocating for equity through the physical presence of a bookstore. It asserts the materiality of books, at a time when digital platforms for reading have fundamentally shifted the economics of book production, distribution, and consumption.

Parte librería funcional y parte instalación participativa, enfrenta a las consecuencias muy tangibles de determinadas dinámicas sociales, revelando estructuras sociales que existen dentro de la vista, mientras que poderosamente la defensa de la equidad a través de la presencia física de una librería. Afirma la materialidad de los libros, en un momento en que las plataformas digitales para la lectura han cambiado fundamentalmente la economía de la producción de libros, distribución y consumo.

Comprising over 6,500 volumes on topics ranging from biology to architecture, the books in were all donated in exchange for artworks created by Helguera. Each book bears the name of its donor on a plate inside its front cover, pointing to the social history retained within that book. Each visitor to the bookstore is allowed to purchase one book, at a price that they set, substituting the terms of a market economy with those of a gift economy.

Consiste de 6.500 volúmenes sobre temas que van desde la biología a la arquitectura, los libros fueron donados a cambio de obras de arte creadas por Helguera. Cada libro lleva el nombre de su donante en una placa dentro de su portada, que apunta a la historia social retenido dentro de ese libro. Se permite que cada visitante a la librería para comprar un libro, a un precio puesto por el visitante, la sustitución de los términos de una economía de mercado con los de una economía del regalo.

The project takes its name from the historic street, Calle Donceles, in Mexico City that is lined with used bookstores.

El proyecto toma su nombre de la histórica calle, la calle de Donceles, en la Ciudad de México que está llena de tiendas de libros usados.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist whose practice has addressed issues of memory, ethnography, pedagogy, and the absurd through installation, socially engaged art, sculpture, and performance. Helguera is the recipient of a Creative Capital Grant (2005), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008), as well as the first International Award for Participatory Art (2011).

Pablo Helguera es un artista con sede en Nueva York, cuya práctica ha abordado cuestiones de la memoria, la etnografía, la pedagogía, y el absurdo a través de la instalación, el arte socialmente comprometido, la escultura y el rendimiento. Helguera es el destinatario de un Capital Creativo Grant (2005), una beca Guggenheim (2008), así como el primer Premio Internacional de Arte Participativo (2011).


The People’s 500

The People’s 500 is a celebration of the relationship between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the people of Indianapolis, marking the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The exhibit will run through July 16.
In October of 2015, Sugarmann chose 100 residents of the Indianapolis community from a pool of applicants to drive two laps in a pace car — the drivers uniting to complete the equivalent of a single running of the Indianapolis 500. Sugarmann and his crew photographed and interviewed each of the drivers, the resulting documentation serving as the material of the exhibition. Some of the drivers are featured among the 16 large scale photos in the exhibit. There is also video, and a sculptural piece.
“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway serves as a cultural beacon within Indianapolis, a location of shared history and civic identity for all strata of Indianapolis society. Members of the Indianapolis community feel ownership of the Speedway,” says Sugarmann. “In this exhibit, the pace car is the vehicle through which this mutual connection is furthered, the civilian/citizen being able to immerse him or herself in the environment of a professional IndyCar driver. The People’s 500 uses pace cars to bridge the viewer and professional driver and create an even stronger sense of civic ownership.”
This exhibit is the first at Tube Factory, Big Car Collaborative’s new cultural center with a contemporary art exhibition area. Located in what was a boarded-up factory building on a residential street in the Garfield Park neighborhood, Tube Factory will host a variety of conversations, performances, and events — while also serving as the workshop and home base for Big Car artists.
The People’s 500 is curated by Shauta Marsh, funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Creative Capital, and coordinated by Big Car Collaborative staff in partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Framing provided by Editions Limited.

About Jesse Sugarmann: Sugarmann is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, and sculpture. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in venues such as the Getty Institute, Los Angeles; el Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon; the Banff Center, Canada; el Museo de Arte Moderno de Santander, Spain; and both the Paris and Berlin installations of Les Recontres Internationales. Jesse’s work has been written about in publications including ArtForum, Art Papers, the Atlantic, Frieze Magazine, the Huffington Post, and The New York Times. Jesse lives and works in Bakersfield, CA. You can learn more about his work at www.jessesugarmann.com.

About The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts: The Foundation was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation’s objective is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work. The Foundation values the contribution these organizations make to artists and audiences and to society as a whole by supporting, exhibiting and interpreting a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practice. http://warholfoundation.org/

About Big Car: An Indianapolis-based 501c3 nonprofit, Big Car uses creativity as a catalyst to a better city. By providing and supporting unique, educational, participatory, playful and personal experiences, Big Car engages people of all ages and backgrounds in art making and creative problem-solving — inspiring them to be creative thinkers and involved, connected citizens. Learn more at www.bigcar.org and see examples of our projects at www.bigcar.org/work.

About Creative Capital: Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. http://www.creative-capital.org/

About Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility and has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. After celebrating its Centennial Era in 2009-11, IMS and racing fans now look forward to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race this year. In 2016, get ready for an unprecedented celebration of the human pursuit of progress as the world’s eyes turn toward the Speedway. For more information, visit indianapolismotorspeedway.com.