Join us for our March exhibition with work from Jedediah Johnson! Below is a statement by Jedediah on his works.

“Our New Body is a series in which I photograph nude and near-nude subjects, bathed in colored light, in order to composite them together in Photoshop to create new bodies. I do this to demonstrate the beauty and oneness of all human bodies, not just the ones inside the incredibly narrow societal beauty standards. This oneness is apparent when body parts across race, gender, and body type lines blend together seamlessly, demonstrating that those lines don’t really exist. Subjects choose their own level of nudity and anyone may pose. This work strives to make people believe that their own bodies are beautiful and to try to break people of the habit of shaming people for having bodies that have absolutely nothing wrong with them.”

Experiential portrait project AURA AURA acts as a vessel for exploring the #humanatmosphere by utilizing analog technology and instant film that is no longer being produced. Through a double-exposure process of capturing your bio-magnetic, vibrational energy, we make the metaphysical visible, resulting in awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind portraits.

Each AURA AURA session includes:

– One instant film portrait of you in your aura
– A color guide informational card
– Box to store your portrait for safekeeping
– A brief personalized interpretation of your aura colors

Please arrive 5 minutes before your session

All session purchases are final. If for any reason you’re unable to make it to your time slot, you’re more than welcome to send a friend in your place.

For more info please visit www.auraaura.co

February 1-April 20

We shape our surroundings at the same time our surroundings shape us. Communities and their environments are inseparable. Yet as we go about occupying, utilizing, and altering our natural and built worlds, how much do we think about the connections we share with the others who inhabit the place we call home?

For his exhibition at Tube Factory artspace, David Schalliol addresses the interdependence of people and place through photographs and video interviews with residents of three geographically and culturally unique places.

First, he explores the very neighborhood in which this exhibition takes place, Bean Creek, a hamlet of homes and businesses on the Southeast Side of Indianapolis. The waterway for which the neighborhood is named has undergone a peculiar evolution as homes, churches, and businesses have grown around it. In some places, Bean Creek flows undisturbed, a trickling rill winding through thickets of gently bending trees. In other places, the creek has been covered by roads and other obstructions, only to remerge more than 100 yards away. The odd evolution of landscape and municipal planning has caused some houses to face the creek—today’s residents enter through the back door, as the front faces nature.

Next, Schalliol takes us to the South Side of Chicago, where since 2011 a tight-knit group of neighbors has watched their community disappear as the owners of a nearby freight yard buy up houses in order to expand their facilities. The few remaining homeowners have banded together to try to preserve whatever is left of this place and its unique culture. The economic powers that are being exerted, however, will likely prove too powerful to bear.

Finally, Schalliol visits former coal mining communities in the north of France. Following decades of economic contraction, the French government ceased all coal mining in the country in the early 2000s. Towns like the one in these photographs must completely re-imagine their future economic and cultural identities. Meanwhile, the visual and social fabric of the region is affected in every conceivable way by its historic attachment to coal. For example, the “spoil tip” hills interspersed throughout the town, created by waste rocks from the mines, now serve as artificial mountains being re-purposed for motorsports and ecological tourism.

Though located worlds apart from each other, the three communities share threads of kinship that hint at possible human universalities.

About David Schalliol
Schalliol describes himself not so much as an artist, but as a visual sociologist. He is an assistant professor of sociology at St. Olaf College and a principal of Scrappers Film Group. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, and been exhibited extensively. Recent exhibitions include the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial, the Belfast Photo Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project. He is the author of Isolated Building Studies. His directorial film debut, The Area, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2018. He earned his BA from Kenyon College, and his MA and PhD in the Department of Sociology at The University of Chicago.

Made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The City of Indianapolis.
Photo: David Schalliol, Bean Creek (Aerial), 2018

Have you ever been out with your friends when you order a beautiful drink only to be disappointed that the photo you took for IG or Yelp doesn’t do it justice? Come join Ginger Kat Photography at Hotel Tango for an evening of good drinks and great pics! We will teach you to take your phone or camera photos from Blah to Fab! Ticket includes one welcome cocktail & one house shot.