Scrap steel + color + form = art

The Indiana University Center for Art + Design will host a reception for its latest installation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the center, 310 Jackson St. in Columbus.

The exhibition, “Big Bright Steel,” is a collaboration between Noblitt Fabricating Inc. and artists Emily Kennerk and Jennifer Riley.

IUCA+D's latest installation in progress.

IUCA+D’s latest installation in progress.

The Columbus-based steel fabrication company donated time, labor and three tons of material in the form of 70 large sheets of scrap steel for the project. The steel sheets are perforated by unique cut patterns created by the laser plasma process used to build parts for Cummins engines. The installation, created by Kennerk and Riley, layers and overlaps the brightly painted steel sheets to heighten the power and visual drama of those perforations.

Kennerk received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and is the former head of the sculpture and graduate program at University of Nevada Las Vegas. She now lives and works in Indianapolis. Riley received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard, and divides her time between studios in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Columbus. Riley teaches critical writing and studio practice at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art and is the director of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Rome program.

The exhibition is open through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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