Above image: Gabriel Dishaw, Air Max Vader 97, 2017, Nike Air Max 97, shoes parts, computer chips, heat sinks and other upcycled materials
We celebrate Gen Con with a pop up exhibition featuring artwork inspired by gaming culture. The world of card and board games, sci-fi and pop culture icons like Star Wars are explored by artists: Gabriel Dishaw, Austin Falls, Mab Graves, Jason Lahr and Jason S. Cavan Deathbot Manufacturing. The exhibition features original artwork by Carson Ellis, known for her children’s book illustrations and artwork for the band, The Decemberists.
This exhibition is in conjunction with the Gen Con debut of Illimat. Illimat is a card game inspired by a game board created by Carson Ellis & Autumn DeWilde as a prop for a photoshoot for the band The Decemberists. As the band started playing more games on the road, they reached out to game designer Keith Baker to bring the prop to life as an actual game.
Illimat has the style and flavor of a classic card game with a dynamic twist. As you play, you combine cards and collect them, trying to gather more than your opponents. But hidden Luminaries and changing seasons can alter your plans. The game features a cloth board, metal tokens and illustrations by Carson Ellis. If you’ve ever enjoyed Hearts, Bridge, Casino, or Gin, Illimat will feel both familiar and unlike anything you’ve ever played before.
The Decemberists in 2008, Photo courtesy of Autumn De Wilde
Special Gen Con Reception
Thursday August 17th, 5 to 8pm
Middle Space Gallery at Cat Head Press, 2834 E. Washington St
free and open to the public
Join iMOCA, Twogether Studios and Cat Head Press for a special Illimat playing party. Check out the Level Up exhibition, meet a few of the artists and get an early chance to play Illimat. A special silkscreened Carson Ellis poster, seen below, will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting iMOCA.
Middle Space Gallery at Cat Head Press
2834 E. Washington St (entrance behind Pia Urban Cafe).
Jason Lahr, ScreenGrab, 2015, oil and acrylic on shaped panel
Twogether Studios is an independent game company founded by Jennifer Ellis and Keith Baker (creator of the card game Gloom and the Dungeons & Dragons campaign settingEberron). Twogether Studios is dedicated to producing tabletop games that bring people together. Twogether’s first game, Phoenix: Dawn Command,was released earlier this year after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015.
Cat Head Press is an Indianapolis based not-for-profit community center and fine art printmaking studio who’s mission is to enrich and increase the well being of our community through investments in creativity and artistic expression. Cat Head Press provides area artists and the neighboring community a place to work, collaborate, and share ideas in a fully equipped facility space. They offer traditional fine art printmaking workshops, gallery space for exhibitions opportunities, art sales, and monthly First Friday events. Cat Head Press also offers open studio hours, memberships and free community events.
iMOCA is supported from grants and funding from the Efroymson Family Fund, The Indianapolis Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Allen Whitehill Clowes CharitableFoundation, 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.