ImaginArt in the Alleys

City of Marion

Funding Received: 2014
Marion, IA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months
September 7, 2016

Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley

Quincy Owens (left) is a husband and father of 5 children who loves to open his studio door every day to make something out of nothing. He graduated from the University of Indianapolis, lives in Greenwood, and has a studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts where he works as a full-time artist. Luke Crawley is a science and math teacher at University High School in Carmel, Indiana. He is the husband and father of 2 boys who constantly model the joy found in authentic scientific exploration and artistic creation, which Luke tries to capture in his scientific and artistic endeavors. Quincy and Luke’s collaborative work embodies the contradiction that lives within every human being.

Their project - Prime Commonality: Marion, Iowa - seeks to serve as a waypoint for the site becoming a visual marker embodying the spirit of the place and enabling true creative placemaking to occur. The installation accomplishes this through sculptures, which incorporate dynamic lighting elements designed to engage the viewer. In addition, the installation of three lighted sculptures incorporate an aural experience created out of audio recorded in the community of Marion and accessed onsite via a QR code. The chromosomal banding patterns that enliven the pillars represent human similarities and differences with our shared natural world.

Luke recently traveled to Iowa from Indiana to make audio recordings throughout the Marion community. It will be exciting in a couple of months to stand between the 3 pillars that will be installed here in the alley and listen to the recordings that Luke has been manipulating in his studio!