Set to close this Sunday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the latest exhibit from Brian McCutcheon is not one to miss.The exhibit features a number of pieces, including an installation, photography, video and several sculptures.
McCutcheon, a sculpture, photographer and fabricator based out of Indianapolis, displays the breadth of his work in this multimedia exhibit focusing primarily on space exploration. Fascinated by space flight as a child growing up during the Apollo missions, McCutcheon was inspired by his son’sinterest in space and how it caused him to reflect on his past.
By including his son within the photographic elements of his work and embracing a childlike imagination, McCutcheon has created a number of works that follow a path from reality to imagination and vice versa. It is that translation from the real to the imagined, and then back to the real, which gives McCutcheon’s exhibit its strength.
As a cofounder and partner of local business Indianapolis Fabrication, a custom fabrication studio, much of McCutcheon’s art takes the form of sculpture, but not in the traditional sense. McCutcheon’s pieces appear well-manufactured and look like true spacecraft coupled with unique elements that transfer them into the realm of imagination.
“Capsule,” one of the exhibit’s primary pieces, ties the classic and well-known appearance of the Gemini spacecraft with the commonplace imagery of alawn chair as its interior.
Another piece featured in the exhibition, “Splashdown,” furthers the translation of this reality to imagination and back again by featuring another lawn chair sitting amongst a room full of deflated balloons. The piece is a reference to Larry Walters, the California man who took flight in a patio chair and weather balloon airship in 1982.
McCutcheon’s work creates a strong sense of childlike wonder and renewed imagination, and that is something of which many adults could use a good dose of.
“Out of this World” is free for museum visitors now through Sunday.
- What: “Brian McCutcheon: Out of this World”
- When: Now through Sunday
- Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art (4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis)
- Cost: Free admission, $5 parking fee (free for members)
By Christian Sorrell