Stutz Artists Take On Violence with Cold. Dark. Unsecurity. Show
The exhibit Cold, Dark, Unsecurity opened Friday, February 6, at the Stutz Gallery downtown. Featured in the show, which is on display through February 27, are works by local artists exploring the realities and ideas surrounding violence in society and their own lives.
Jeffery M. McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University, spoke on opening night about the prevailing issues of violence and media and the combined effect on Indianapolis. McCall stressed that citizens must not accept what he called an abundance of violence in the media, especially the idea of news as entertainment. “There is a difference between the freedom of expression and the responsibility of expression,” he said.
Leigh Dunnington-Jones, co-director of the gallery, said that when she sent a call out to artists for this project, she assumed she would get just a couple of responses due to the sensitive subject matter. She ultimately brought on 16 energized participants. A few brave artists shared personal stories as an outlet to heal; others used their pieces to figure out their own questions pertaining to violence. One participating artist, Martha Lindenborg Vaught, said that during her creative process, she asked herself, “What causes people to be brutal?”
The exhibit showcases a litany of raw artistic expressions in which artists try to answer—and ask patrons—”What do we do?” As Dunnington-Jones stated, “It’s about starting a conversation.”