R3Create

Recycle, Remodel, Reuse, Recreate.

R3Creators make recycled and upcycled art out of items that would normally be trashed or simply forgotten, making these items usable again. A variety of cool and unique projects are made from these items, but the signature pieces are Skateboard Deck Chairs, Inspiration Desks (childrens’ school desks redesigned), Second-Chance Bowties (bow ties made from neck ties) and tumblers/shot glasses.

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The idea for R3Create came about when Sylvia and Dana Rivers moved into their first home and found there were so many outdated items in the house that they didn’t want, including door knobs, light fixtures, fans, sinks, toilets and more. Everything was in perfect working shape so it seemed wrong to throw them away, so some things were donated and others were put into use in different ways. This was the moment that the vision for R3Create started.

But who are Dana and Sylvia? Sylvia has been in love and involved with art as long as she can remember, being inspired by music and urban art/design. She attended Ball State and received a degree in Industry & Technology with a printmaking minor. She creates digital designs with an urban graffiti feel, participating in RAW Indianapolis in the past on her own and once with R3Create. Dana’s art comes in the form of repairing automobiles and tinkering with anything mechanical, which is what makes R3Creators the perfect team. Sylvia has the artistic vision while Dana makes things functional. While the art life is a new area for Dana (who served in the US Army for 13 years), it’s a fun, new adventure!

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There’s something for everyone from R3Create, with pieces ranging from $5 to $350. You can find these creations on the R3Creators website and on Etsy. “We just really want to get our name out and try to change the way people see trash. Our main goal for Inspiration Desks is to have a few of them in local schools to encourage and spark creativity.”

This will be the first year for R3Creators to be showing at ORANJE, but the pair has been to the event in the past. “We’re most excited really to see all of the other artists and get a chance to introduce ourselves a bit. Everyone should definitely come to the show, you never know what cool things you might see! Especially stop by our booth, we guarantee to have items that you won’t typically see anywhere else. Definite conversation pieces.”

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“From something, to something better…”

You can find R3Creators on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Dark Lifers

Who’s side will you be on: the vampires, witches or humans?

Dark Lifers was originally designed as an internet series but was restructured into a motion graphic novel concept. This motion book comes to life through limited animation, sound fx, music and dialogue. Currently, the first two episodes are available for viewing at www.darklifers.com.

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Here’s the story as told by the Dark Lifers website:

“n the very near future, two ambitious societies are vying for the political and economical control of a major US city. One group is comprised of wealthy, privileged conservatives. The other is known for its natural, holistic, liberal ways. Both are ruthless, cunning and will manipulate the system beyond any legal boundaries to gain ultimate control. Both are of supernatural origin. They are called Dark Lifers.

The Vampire clan maintains vast financial resources and has made substantial moves into the city’s political arena. Venoa, the head of the Clan, is running a relentless and successful campaign for Governor. An ageless coven of Witches uses its dark magic to permeate human society undetected. The High Priestess of the Coven, Phaedra, believes controlling the common citizen is the key to acquiring true power to the city.

The power play by both Dark Lifer societies is on the brink of exploding into an all out socio-political war. But a trio of Humans, lead by a tormented, vengeful street fighter named Jezabelle, may be humanity’s only hope.

It’s a Dark war against humanity. And humans are mere collateral damage.”

At ORANJE, patrons can buy a reprint of the three Dark Lifers posters and the proceeds will go towards the creation and release of episodes three and four. “There seems to be such diversity in the art forms at ORANJE. I think people have come to expect the unusual, the outside-the-box thinking of the artists at ORANJE,” said Steve Marra of Dark Lifers.

Make sure to stop by the Dark Lifers booth at ORANJE, located on the lower level, and watch some of the current motion graphic novel episodes. Purchase a poster so that we can see what happens next!

Steven Schubert

You might have seen his work at local businesses such as Homespun, LUNA, Artifacts, Indy Reads or The Funk Yard. His localized, city-specific works of art go hand in hand with the “shop local” movement that has hit Indy, and with a price point that can fit into anyone’s budget, you have to pick up some of his work if you love your city.

Steven Schubert is a Spanish Instructor at Butler by day with an artistic focus on Midwestern metropolises by night. He is a self-taught photographer with no formal training in art. “I thought that graphic design would be a way to use some of the skills I learned in photography, such as composition and color,  and apply them to my own creations.  Inspiration is the primary requirement, once you have that you’ll go out and learn the tools you need to make that art a reality.”

Steven designs posters, cards and postcards using various styles, drawing upon vintage pop art, political art, nostalgic references and a feeling that is true to our urban spaces. His designs look at aging cities, working class roots, signature architecture and the gritty elegance of our urban legacy.

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Created at home and then digitally printed, some of Steven’s designs range from $2-$20 (unframed). “My experiences in the city inspire me. If I see a praying mantis in my backyard, I use that image. If I see impressive architectural design, I incorporate it into my art. It’s quite random, really. There is always an endless supply of motifs and styles to work with in the fabric of Indianapolis, or any city in fact.”

Steven wants to share his love of Indianapolis to the local residents and beyond. “I have modest goals for my designs.  I want to get them into as many hands as possible, and also to people who are not in Indianapolis so they can form a positive impression of the city.  I think other cities know we are up-and-coming and postcards or cards that look attractive and connect to Indianapolis will help get the word out we’re not Naptown anymore.”

His designs don’t hold to a specific aesthetic. Steven jumps around in different styles to see what works best for Indianapolis, or Cincinnati or even Detroit. In doing this, he makes different styles of images that different people would enjoy. “I want people of all ages and orientations to find something they like.”

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While Steven has attended ORANJE in the past, this will be his first time as a participant. “I have attended Oranje once a few years back. The DJ dance floor was fantastic, and I had a blast seeing Beta Male; they kicked ass. I remember it as a exciting blur mostly, I must admit. I like the idea that Oranje is a night of urban madness, art and music that feels metropolitan and connected with global youth culture. You can’t have something like this in the Hoosier hinterland – you know you’re in the city when you walk through the gates.”

You can find Steven’s work on Etsy or at Indygenous, and make sure to check him out on September 13!

Erin Livingston

Take a pause from your daily digital grind for a few minutes and open your mind. It is then that you can create new understandings or spark a long lost memory. This is what Erin Livingston with Poetry on Demand asks of her audience.

“My job as an artist is to merely facilitate the experience and present you with a tangible work of poetry that is absolutely dependent upon collaboration. Poetry on Demand provides each patron with the opportunity to interact with the artist at the moment of creation in ways that other mediums might not allow. In this way patrons have significant input on the genesis of each piece and make it a true collaboration.”

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Erin went to school to become a music educator, and instead left with a degree in Anthropology. Somewhere along the way, she fell in love with the Beat Generation. Now, she stands with her typewriters and thousands of miles logged on Greyhounds with hundreds of stages under her feet. “I enjoy talking to people, writing and traveling. Poetry has allowed me to do all of these things. In order to do poetry, I have held every job under the sun. My resume for the art I make today is a patchwork quilt of lived experience, and I wouldn’t change a single stitch.”

Poetry on Demand is a way to make poetry accessible in a fun and personal way. Strangers must trust Erin with snapshots of their personal lives while she translates the experience of the exchanges into poems that are unique and meaningful. POD celebrates the art of active listening and returns value to face-to-face conversation between two strangers.

“In a time when we can polish our self-presentation online and communicate in heavily edited text day in and day out, the act of live and unscripted conversations between strangers serves to slow us down, if only for a moment. Producing the final poem via an antique Royal typewriter, a medium void of delete keys and copy/edit shortcuts, makes each work I create an intentional celebration of all our beautiful imperfections.”

PODFlyerErin has an impressive resume with a wide range of gigs. She is a former Slam Master of the Indianapolis Poetry Slam and former curator of the live, theme-based variety show The Encyclopedia Show at The Irving Theater. If you want to find her work online, it is available at the Indiefeed Poetry Podcast. Currently, she is collaborating with Adam Henze on The Power of a Sentence, a series of writing workshops at the Indiana Women’s Prison. You can also catch her in Warsaw on August 15 at Funny HaHa or Funny Strange. If you live in Bloomington, stop by the Fourth Street Art Festival on August 30-21, where Erin is the Assistant Executive Director of the Spoken Word Stage.

This will be Erin’s first year as an ORANJE participant. “What excites me the most about ORANJE is the scale of the event. I’m excited to be sharing space with so many other talented artists that I might not otherwise get to see, which is a great reason for anyone to attend.”

You can find Erin on September 13 on the the lower level of the building.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…” -Jack Kerouac

Darlene Em

If Martha Stewart and the Devil had a love child, it would be Darlene Em.

As a child in California, Darlene was always drawing weird little animals in school. One of her report cards from Catholic school even had a note from her teacher saying that she should spend less time drawing and more time socializing. Darlene decided against that advice and after high school she attended the Art Institute of Dallas for graphic design.

It was there that one of her instructors, David Zarazua, helped her into her first show, the El Corazon exhibit in Dallas. This show focused on the heart and was a huge confidence-booster for Darlene’s art, which incorporates crafts, sculptures and paintings.

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Since then, she has been involved in several shows and groups, including Art Junkies in North Hollywood, Common Unity in Dallas and Arts Goggle in Fort Worth. Her colorful pieces of work that almost look edible have a kitschy, lowbrow, pop-surrealism style. But Darlene doesn’t just draw and paint. “I wanted to venture out of just painting on wood so I started experimenting with faux taxidermy and silly looking sculptures. I sell a lot of Day of the Dead style Matryoshka dolls on Etsy and at festivals.”

So where does Darlene find the inspiration for these colorful and cartoon-like pieces of art? “Dreams, candy, abnormalities like parasitic twins and two-headed animals, ice cream, cats, bunnies, my Persian cats, Nigel and Luna, and my pug, Meatball. A lot of Tokyo advertising and packaging. Everything looks so fun and happy all the time and has faces all over things. Marie Antoinette is a huge inspiration as well.”

This will be Darlene’s first year at ORANJE as both a participant and an attendee, as she recently made the move here from Dallas, Texas. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and connecting with local artists since she’s relatively new to the area. Hoping that her pieces will find a good home, Darlene has some surprises in store for her booth on September 13, including fuzzy costumes and lollipops, to make sure to stop by and check out her work.

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If you would like to keep up with Darlene before and after ORANJE, you can find her on Facebook and Etsy.

Sarah Dolezal

Sarah Dolezal grew up making connections with things that are found in the background, things that everyone else was always too busy to notice. This endlessly curious, fidgety and anxious artist makes builds made of of things that she simply couldn’t let rot away without a second chance to be important. “I work in lost and forgotten places and things,” Sarah said.

Giving these forgotten things a new life, Sarah’s art is an expression of her great love and vulnerability. She takes junk and broken items and builds them back up from trash to treasure. “Everything has become disposable. I think most of my work is meant to remind people of things that used to be, or the beauty in turning things people would normally throw away into new and beautiful things.”

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Her pieces are made with drills, screw guns, paint, pencils and anything else the project needs to become a reality. Made with mostly local materials, Sarah finds what she needs from second-hand stores, yard sales or just random junk that she comes across. “What I make, I love. I feel like I am takings things that could have been lost forever and turning them into things that can be loved again. When people show interest in what I make, I feel like I have found a home for a lonely orphan. I just want to keep making things and finding them loving homes. The reason I art is because I can’t help it. What I find tells me some kind of story and I make it into the thing that fits that story.”

This South Bend local has been involved with art events such as Circus of Art, Bizarre Coterie, RAW: Spectrum, Beer and Loathing: TreeHouse Shine Bar and First Peel. Some of her early work was also shown at ArtWalk Gallery in Elkhard. She was introduced to ORANJE through veteran Jim Showman. “I’m excited to be a part of something where successful artists show their work. This being the first year out of the art-supplies closet, I feel like this is an opportunity to see how well I can hang with artists I respect and admire.”

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And Sarah believes that everyone should support the arts, not only for the incredible pieces of work they create but to meet the creators. “Artists in a group provide variety, entertainment, personality and so on. I think artists are an experience on their own. Art is meant to make some kind of connection. When a person comes to appreciate art, they are appreciating a part of someone that art was created from.”

You can find Sarah’s work on Facebook or on her website. Make sure to stop by her booth on September 13!

Quincy Owens

Quincy Owens has built a life for himself surrounded by art. He has always loved creating things ever since he was a child, and he figured that he could manipulate and change them to make them more special. He has taken that principle to heart and that is still the core of what he does today.

You might have seen Quincy at ORANJE in past years (he’s been a participant six or seven times now), but his work this year is different that what you’ve experienced before. Though he still continues to create abstract paintings that focus on a balance between chaos and order, he’s been exploring materials, techniques and concepts over the past year. He has also been working on creating life-size and larger sculptures out of cardboard and reclaimed wood. “These are now getting fabricated into a larger scale and in permanent materials, such as stainless steel. I have also spent a majority of this year making 31 larger-than-humans-scale cardboard sculptures that are then coated in layers of fiberglass and pigmented epoxy resin that have speakers mounted on the inside. These are all for a huge installation on Calder Plaza for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.”

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While the 31 sculpture installation at ArtPrize has been a highlight of the year for Quincy, you can find his work all over the place. He always has work at his studio (Studio 077) at the Harrison Center for the Arts, and they put his work in regular rotation throughout the building. If you shop on Mass Ave, you can find his handmade cufflinks at Silver in the City. He has coasters that are sold at Foundry Provisions. Outside of Indianapolis, he has work in Louisville, Cincinnati, Lafayette and Michigan.

Quincy is one of the few artists in ORANJE that is lucky enough to say that this is his full-time job (“although I don’t consider it a job”). He also supports himself through other artistic endeavors besides creating. He has recently started doing speaking engagements concerning art, creativity, faith and risk; he teaches pottery camps through the Indy YMCA summer programs and he hosts weekly camps in his studio. “I do my best to stay active and involved in the community in all sorts of ways.”

Like earlier mentioned, this isn’t Quincy’s first time at ORANJE. So why does he keep coming back for more? “I love ORANJE. It takes a commitment from all of the artsits and participants/spectators. It only happens one night of the year; either you showed up to experience it and be a part of it or you missed it. I love that. It’s a great place to catch artists and musicians at all sorts of stages in their careers. The atmosphere is very temporary and I think that encourages lower inhibitions/hesitations.”

Quincy used to think that he should inform his audience, and now that he is experienced in exhibiting his work, he’s realized that he might be taking this approach all wrong. “Come check out the work and let me know what YOU think about it. I already know what I think about it. People surprise me every day in the things they see within my art.”

Mallory Hodgkin

Mallory Hodgkin has been drawing ever since she can remember, and often drawing on things that shouldn’t have been! She attended Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors in Illustration.

Since then, she has been working on building a name for herself in the art world, working towards a career in which she can use her talents to make a living. She currently works for a furniture company, but hopes that can change in the future. “I’m hopeful that art will be my paycheck in a few years. My studio is actually a large closet in my apartment, but to be fair, it is a GREAT closet. I would love to create more illustrations than fine art eventually, but it’s hard to squash the urge to just paint sometimes and it’s not super easy to work full time in non-art and get the art. I have also lately been considering tattooing as an option, so I guess on that track my goal would be to see my artwork on people’s bodies!”

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Mallory Hodgkin takes influences from comics, illustration, graffiti and animation, mashes them all together into crazy pieces of art that mix surrealism and cartoons together as one. From start to finish, Mallory’s acrylic pieces made on canvas can take anywhere from two to twelve hours depending on the complexity. So where does she get her inspiration? “Inspiration can take a lot of forms…mainly I just start to draw and it comes out, but in times of an idea drought I illustrate various topics or stories and it helps a lot with the block.”

This is Mallory’s fourth year being an ORANJE participant. “I’ve always made a good return and had people interested in custom works after the event. I’m excited about participating again, it’s always a blast! It’s a great experience and all the artists and music are well-chosen for this type of event. People should visit my booth because I’ll be giving out free one minute doodles of whatever you want!”

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Currently, Mallory’s work is hanging up in Sabbatical in Broad Ripple, and earlier this year, Mike Altman (fellow ORANJE artist) exhibited some of her works in Cincinnati. Check out her website here. You can come check out her booth at ORANJE 2013 on October 12!