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.”

Tied To Tigers

Tied To Tigers is a musical project by Matthew Corken that has two sides: a solo aspect and a full band. On the solo side, Corken loops multiple instruments ranging from percussion to guitars and vocals, creating the idea of building a song from the ground up, almost like showing how a song is composed. On the other side is the full band, which has an indie rock feel with influences from electronic sounds and old blues guitar riffs.

Corken grew up surrounded by music. His mother was an Indianapolis musician that played in cover bands, and Corken would always go to their practices with interest and curiosity. Once he was in 7th grade, he started playing guitar with a band of Butler and North Central students. Since then, he’s been playing in different projects such as Gin and Tonic, The Urban Rednecks, The Working Hour, The Post Script and now Tied To Tigers.

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Corken has come a long way with his Tied To Tigers project. Now, he has monthly shows at Connor’s Pub, The Monkey’s Tale, Flatwater, Britton Tavern, The Melody Inn, Bourbon Street and Social. He has played at the Slamology car and truck show with his full band along with opening for DJ Craze at The Vogue. He even opened for The Plain White Tees at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Coke Zero Music Fest!

For ORANJE, TTT will be performing a full band show featuring the core three musicians and a synth player alongside a DJ, mostly playing songs off of this fall’s Tied To Tigers release. This will be Tied To Tigers’ first time being in ORANJE. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of the event and see all the amazing artists that are a part of it this year.”

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Coming up after ORANJE, Tied to Tigers is playing a full band show at The Monkey’s Tale on October 18, a solo show at Social on October 24 and will be in the second round of the Birdy’s battle on October 25 as a full band. The first full band EP will be available online and on vinyl at the end of October along a second EP online and on vinyl in December.

Make sure to check out Tied To Tigers on October 12 at ORANJE 2013! Parting words from Corken: “You, him, her, them, us, all together, we gather.”

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!

Black Cat Rebellion

Black Cat Rebellion is made up of Brad St. Patrick (vocals/guitar), Rob Neutzman (bass), Patrick Meadows (guitar) and Ben Galvin (drums). This Bohemian, primal Rock n Roll band for undesirables started back in 2003 by Brad and Rob, and their sound has been compared to Post Punk and Deathrock.

All of Black Cat Rebellion’s members have grown up in the Indianapolis and Muncie punk scenes, respectively. When they were younger and attending shows, everyone in the crowd had their own band. “Everyone supported each other, and it was a beautiful thing. Very inspirational for you to get out there and do it yourself.”

So they did.

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Black Cat Rebellion performs around four to five times each month regionally and then they tour spontaneously. Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville are some popular cities that they’ve played the most. Aside from their own tours, they have played multiple festivals, including the Heavy Rebel Weekender, Cornerstone, Rockabilly Rebel Weekend and Drop Dead Festival. They’ve also appeared as the soundtrack to an episode of ESPN 2′s “Hot Rod Trucks” show.

“We always give our all and play like we’re playing for our lives. We just came off a long string of shows. Coming up, we’ll be at The Melody Inn on September 5 and Be Here Now in Muncie on October 19. We constantly add last minute/unannounced shows, but mostly we will be concentrating on finishing up our upcoming album in the coming months.” Prior to their album’s release, watch for Black Cat Rebellion’s promo video for the song Blood Donor.

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The members of Black Cat Rebellion have been in former bands such as The Cadavers, Gwen Stacy, Dead End Drive-In and more. Rob also currently performs with Ricky Rat of Detroit’s legendary Trash Brats. They have only been to ORANJE in the past as guests, but are ready to show the crowd on October 12 what they’re all about. When asked what’s in store for us at ORANJE, the band simply replied, “sex and death.”

Make sure to catch Black Cat Rebellion on October 12 at ORANJE 2013, playing on the PBR Stage! You can keep up with them on their website or Facebook.

Shimmercore

Shimmercore, better known as Mike Contreras, has been in and around the Indianapolis music scene since 2001, and chances are that if you love music, you’ve seen him. He has played with an impressive roster of bands, such as Pop Lolita, The Shivers, Lunar Event, Red Light Driver, The Playboy Psychonauts, Dead Princess Black Unicorn, Thee Pernicious Unicats and The Shake Weights.

Growing up being involved in music since the first grade, Contreras used to listen to his parents’ Beatles records and his older sister’s KISS records, starting to learn how to play the guitar when he was 13 years old. Throughout the years since then, he has taught himself how to play a multitude of instruments, including drums, bass, keyboards, accordion, harmonica and even sitar! He uses these instruments to incorporate different sounds into his recordings. “My next album will be an instrumental acoustic 12-string guitar and sitar plea for world peace and transcendental meditation,” said Contreras. “It will probably be available by the time ORANJE rolls around.”

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Shimmercore has always been Mike’s solo song writing project, and now, after a few album releases, he has put together a band of musicians to help bring these songs to stage, which he describes as “psychedelic drone-pop.” He starts by writing a melody or phrase that he sings to himself, building from that melody and constructing the music accordingly. “I used to write music first and try to paste words over it, and that usually ended up with a weak vocal melody. I mostly write music that I would be into and wish there was a band or more bands that played this type of music locally.”

When it comes to Indy’s local music scene, Shimmercore tries to perform at least once or twice a month locally. He’s shared the stage with bands from many different music circles around town, with his favorite venues being The Vogue, Radio Radio, The White Rabbit Cabaret, Indy’s Jukebox and The Melody Inn. Some of his favorite local musicians right now include Drill Alaska, KO, Stagnant Pools, DJ Crookshanks, No Direction, Mr Clit & The Pink Cigarettes and Deezen.

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Over the years, Contreras has been an ORANJE attendee and has played in other bands that have participated in the past. “I’m really interested in seeing the artwork. It’s great to be a part of something so big and full of creativity.”

What does Shimmercore have planned for the future of his music? “To continue to write/record/produce albums and play some cool shows. Hopefully, within the year, more of the Shimmercore releases will make it to vinyl.”

You can keep up with Shimmercore on Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter…and make sure to catch the live performance on October 12 at ORANJE!

 

Homeless Cop

If you watch Adult Swim, you might have already seen some work by Homeless Cop. This Indy artist by way of Chicago has created 11 animations that are now airing and a billboard that has its own time lapse video online.

Jason Fennell, the man behind Homeless Cop, is an oil painter that also dabbles with drawing, design work, t-shirt designs and making cartoons and music videos. Although he’s never been homeless or a cop, he put the two words together to create a memorable name and hopes to one day have a food truck to give away soup to the homeless and veterans.

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Originally from St. Louis, he has lived in Chicago for the last 12 years and recently moved to downtown Indy. He used to play drums in hip hop, funk and art metal bands, always making the flyers. Skateboard graphics and t-shirts caught his eye and he began making his own shirts, which led him to deciding to paint. “Actually, the movie Basquait was, and is, a big influence on me. I paint like I draw, and I make what I like, so that’s where I’m at today. Living the life and working at my art so when I’m dead it can live on around the world.”

His colorful and crispy creations have been featured at an art show in The Foundation Room at the House of Blues Chicago, and until recently has been in a downtown Chicago coffee shop called Dollop. Not to mention that some really cool guys such as Rainn Wilson, Eric Wareheim, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly all own work by Homeless Cop. “I live the life of an artist; I make art and I’m not concerned at all about paying my bills,” said Fennell. “Life isn’t hard. I do help out occasionally at my friend’s painting company because I’ve always liked painting and it’s cool to hang out with friends, listening to music and talking all day.”

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This will be Fennell’s first year as an ORANJE participant, and he promises to have a booth that kicks ass. “My art will be there doing it’s thing. I think it’s honest and it’s real, and I’m hoping it has a positive effect on people. I’ll probably have my cartoons and music videos playing on a loop. From what I can tell, ORANJE is going to be a great event with a lot of creative people, so I’m glad to be a part of it and I’m pretty sure I’ll have fun, ORANJE-style.”

You can keep up with Homeless Cop’s work on Facebook, Twitter and his website. Make sure to stop by his booth on October 12!

Jomberfox

Meet Jomberfox, a rock and roll band made up of Nick Vote, Nick Mallers, David Sullivan, Andy Salge and Alex Kercheval.

This fairly new band morphed into Jomberfox from a previous project called Genius Johnson, and as of right now has only played one show together which was at The Melody Inn. But don’t mistake that for thinking this band is new to the Indy music scene, because between everyone in the band’s past and current projects, they’ve played nearly everywhere in the city. “What is so great about being in this band is that it doesn’t even closely resemble the music everyone plays outside of it,” said Nick Vote.

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You might recognize some of the guys in Jomberfox from other well-known bands in Indy. Andy Salge (bass) and Dave Sullivan (guitar) play in the local band Blue Moon Revue, Nick Mallers (drums) played previously with Lady Moon, and Alex Kercheval (guitar/keys/producer/engineer) has recently worked on projects with Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, We are Hex, Musical Family Tree and The Icks.

This will be the band’s first time playing ORANJE together. “Anything that showcases local art and music is awesome,” said Vote. “I’ve really enjoyed being exposed to new artists I might not have otherwise heard of without an event like ORANJE.”

So what can you expect from Jomberfox in the near future? “Our goal is to keep making music we like. We all agree that making great records is key to everyone’s happiness in this project. We are currently wrapping up mixing our first EP and are all pretty excited about getting some music into people’s hands.”

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Want to check out Jomberfox before October 12? You can catch them live at WARMfest on Sunday, August 31 as well as at The Melody Inn on September 25 with Pravada. You can find them on Musical Family Tree, Twitter and Facebook.

Caren Charles

Although Caren Charles has always appreciated the arts and enjoyed working with her hands, it wasn’t until about three or four years ago that she discovered her natural free-flow talent as an artist. Through this, she realized that her greatest dream is to become a successful artist.

Charles attended Indiana University, getting her BA in Fine Arts, where she developed fundamental skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking and graphic design. Her current work is comprised of paintings, her favorites being made with ink, watercolor and acrylic paints. “I would describe my art as abstract, bright, positive and transcendent. Each painting is very detail-oriented with line work that is easy to get lost in. Sometimes I will have an idea of what the basic form will be in the end, but most of the time I like to let the painting reveal itself throughout the process.”

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Drawing inspiration from the natural flow of everyday life and the process of creation, Charles lets her subconscious take over, allowing her artistic intuition lead the way. “Growing as an artist is a process, where trying new things and taking risks is key. I want to continue to explore new media to keep things fresh and incorporate more messages behind my artwork. We, as artists, have the ability to share our ideas through our craft and make statements that will be remembered forever, so it is important to take advantage of that gift.”

Charles works on her art full-time in Carmel, also working on freelance graphic design projects for clients who need logo designs, show posters, album covers and more. She has also recently started working at a custom frame shop by the Design Center in downtown Carmel. Charles had her first art show in downtown Indianapolis in April, and since then has been bringing her art to several art and music festivals such as Good People Good Times Festival in Nashville, IN. She also travels with funk/rock band The Main Squeeze, sharing her art at their shows across the country.

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This will be Charles’ first year participating in ORANJE. Her paintings are mood-lifting, lively, energetic, soothing and therapeutic. Eyes are incorporated everywhere throughout her collection, giving a living quality to her creations. Several of them have no set orientation, so when rotated, each view presents a new, unique way of looking at it. For example, in her painting titled “Imagine,” you can discover many hidden faces, animals, plants and not to mention the word “imagine” incorporated in the design. Her intention was to get the viewers’ creative juices going and invite them to let their imagination flow when interpreting the pieces.

 

So what is Charles looking forward to during her first ORANJE? “I’m excited to share my art with as many people as possible! Seeing the originals in person versus images online is a completely different experience. I love showing people all of the hidden things they can find in my paintings and seeing people’s reaction to the art. I will also most likely be body painting people, so everyone should definitely come by and visit me!”

You can find her on Etsy and Facebook, and make sure to stop by her booth on October 12!