Image: Cassandra Klos, The Arrival, 2013, Archival Inkjet Print
Opening Reception February 3rd from 6 pm – 10 pm
The truth is out there. And so is the art. In partnership with the Big Car, we bring the work of 13 contemporary artists exploring the idea of UFOs and the paranormal to the Tube Factory at 1125 Cruft St.
iMOCA’s Museum of Real and Odd, curated by Jeremy Efroymson, is a commissioned exhibit with artists from around the country making new work for the show. After an open call for submissions received 250 proposals, Efroymson selected the 13 artists: Nayda Collazo-Llorens in collaboration with Ander Monson, Scott Raymond & Heather Abels, Jennifer Scheuer, Robert Thurlow, Katy Unger, Alex Grabiec, Julio Orta, Pato Hebert, Cassandra Klos, Josh Haines, and Michael Jordan, aka Alkemi.
While enthusiastic about all the work, Efroymson is especially excited about Julio Orta’s piece Museum of Art on the Moon. “It was commissioned for this show and is an interesting concept,” says Efroymson. “Orta, originally from Mexico and living in L.A., is drawing conceptual architectural plans and has even purchased land for the museum on the moon. I haven’t seen the final piece but I’m looking forward to it. He can continue on with this project after this show.”
Efroymson feels high-caliber artists are well poised to remove some of the negative associations with the unknown. “The folklore and mythology of the paranormal has really saturated our society,” he said. “Especially with the ghost hunter shows on television and the prevalence of the topic in movies. I remember the movie Poltergeist from my childhood, which really scared me. While we still have scary movies, I think maybe we now have a more open view to paranormal experiences of a positive nature. I’ve seen shows and artwork that deal with these topics, but they are not always of the best quality. I wanted to curate a show on these topics with high quality art and artists.”
Tube Factory artspace is located at 1125 S. Cruft Street
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 9 am – 6 pm and Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm
About Jeremy Efroymson: Jeremy is an artist, philanthropist, arts activist and advocate for small grassroots organizations. As Vice President of the Efroymson Family Fund, Jeremy advises and supports organizations that contribute to the arts and the cultural vibrancy and enrichment of Indianapolis, Indiana, and beyond. He’s particularly passionate about supporting creative ideas, innovation and artistic talent. He was the first executive director of iMOCA and the vision behind the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowships, an annual awards program that provides five $25,000 awards to contemporary visual artists in the Midwest.
About Big Car: An Indianapolis-based 501c3 nonprofit formed in 2004, Big Car uses creative placemaking 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. Our mission: We bring art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to transform communities. Learn more at www.bigcar.org
iMOCA is supported from grants and funding from the Efroymson Family Fund, The Indianapolis Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Allen Whitehall Clowes Charitable Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Halstead Architects, ESL/Spectrum, R&M Electric, Buckingham Companies, National Performance Network, Visual Artists Network, Arthur Jordan Foundation, ArtsAlliance for Contemporary Glass, Centaur Gaming, 20×200, Bluebeard and Edington Gallery.