“Pop Art Preservation” artist offers retake on Indiana’s landmarks

“I like to call myself a ‘redesigner,” says local artist Emily Gartner.

“I create limited and one-of-a-kind pieces for home and fashion accessories, drafting original patterns with a focus on color, pattern and quality of workmanship,” says Emily Gartner.

Today on Indy Style Mark Szobody, Indiana Landmarks Director of Special Events and Emily Gartner, Artist share details about what’s new at this months first Friday!

Evansville artist Emily Gartner turns landmarks into functional and fun art—prints, jewelry, fashion, and furniture—that put a pop art spotlight on historic Indiana places.

On the first Friday of November, Indiana Landmarks’ Rapp Family Gallery will feature Gartner’s work, with dresses, pendants, notecards, household items, furniture and more featuring images of familiar Indiana landmarks such as Holliday Park, West Baden Springs, Athenaeum, Bush Stadium, and more.

An Evansville artist, Gartner shoots digital photos of historic landmarks, modernizes the images with color and repeat patterns, and then transfers them onto a variety of dimensional surfaces, materials and items. For example, one of her creations is a dress made of fabric printed with goddess statues in the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium. She sewed the dress from a vintage ‘60s dress pattern on a ‘60s sewing machine.

Gartner has been interested in designing since she was 12. As a preteen she designed handbags for her sisters, and shortly after college she headed to the heart of the garment industry in New York City, where she worked as a fashion merchandiser for fabric houses. Later, she migrated to the more intellectual side of art appreciation, joining the Allentown Art Museum as Assistant Curator of Textiles and Art Educator.

With one foot in the 19th century and the other strongly rooted in modern pop culture, Gartner blends the two sensibilities into hip original designs.

More of Gartner’s work that will be on display at the Nov. 7 exhibition is available on her Pinterest page, http://www.pinterest.com/matlgirl/indiana-landmarks-show-pop-art-preservation-solo-e/.

Indiana Landmarks, in association with the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA), will host the First Friday show at Indiana Landmarks Center.

WHAT:  Pop Art Preservation exhibition

WHEN:  Opening reception on Nov. 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:  Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis

COST:  Free

INFO:  http://www.indianalandmarks.org/tours/pages/calendardetails.aspx?eventid=902


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