Wednesday, December 29, 2004

"First Come, First Hung" Sulllivan Munce Cultural Center - Dec. 29, 2004 - 3 stars

I love the concept of this show, where the first 40 artists to submit their work automatically get accepted regardless of refinement, skill or any other criteria or theme. Children's, professional and amateur artworks, framed appropriately of course, hang side by side. In their randomness they somehow manage to make for a cohesive and interesting visual display, as if there was more to this than being lucky enough to be one of the first in line. A riddle of a task for the curator, this hardly feels like a free-for-all, but rather an inspired representation of what art is for anyone who actually has the gumption to make art. A fabric art piece, "Designer Martini" by Janet Cohen, is an eye-catching delineation from the predominantly 2-D fair filling the Mahaney Gallery with its stitched mosaic texture. Through Jan. 8, 2005; 317-873-4900. -Mary Lee Pappas

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