Andrew Ina is back, and he's different.
The artist has been busy following the birth of his daughter and a job change, so it's been a while since his last solo show, but he's making some noise on the Columbus art scene again with a show at 934 Gallery this month.
Ina said that, while some things — a predisposition toward painting and a conversation with art history among them — haven't changed in his work, there are aspects both practical and conceptual finding their way into his art-making.
“Sign of the Times” includes layered collage work and an installation piece, often employing jagged lines like spikes that prevent the viewer from settling their eyes for too long.
“The work is a little more politically charged than anything I've made in the past,” Ina said. “This body of work is the most intentional, where I try to speak to the viewer something very specific.”
While not wanting to give away the literal meaning of any piece or the entire body of work, Ina explained that caution is a recurring theme. The work is not directly influenced by his status as a new father, Ina said, but he added there is a “sense of urgency. She's inheriting what we leave.”