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Drew Etienne: Where Cyberspace Meets The Real World

The Indiana Arts Commission has just announced the names of 38 Indiana artists who will be receiving career development assistance through the agency’s Individual Artist Program grants for 2015. Bloomington-based painter Drew Etienne is among the recipients. The Indianapolis native and 2009 BFA from IU’s Hope School of Fine Arts is currently showing his paintings in the Showers Atrium of City Hall.

At first glance, Etienne’s paintings might seem to be apocalyptic landscapes. It’s an effect reinforced by his titles. A painting in his current show is called, for example, The End (In the Name of Absolutism).  It’s a chaotic scene, in which something may have exploded, sending geometric shapes across the sky.

It’s hard to know where we are exactly, or when, although signs point to some dystopia, in which technology has all but eclipsed natural imagery.


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