Twenty-one is a pretty important birthday, a fact not lost on the Wexner Center.

Twenty-one is a pretty important birthday, a fact not lost on the Wexner Center.

"Growing up doesn't mean we have to be boring and complacent," said Sherri Geldin, the center's director.

Indeed, the Wex got pretty wild - as far as art museums go - for its 21st anniversary by assigning six up-and-coming artists a space and telling them, "Get to work." The resulting exhibition, "Six Solos," opened this week.

Two site-specific installations can be viewed without an admission ticket.

First is Erwin Redl's outdoor LED light formations on the Wex's east-side exterior. The piece turns on at dusk and is titled "Fetch," so named because the multicolored sticks evoke the game.

Megan Geckler's woven strips of tape create a canopy of color above the museum's lobby and cafe. This optical art piece creates different scenes depending on where you stand.

The first gallery holds a piece created by Tobias Putrih and architects from the MOS design collective. It looks like a sunken ship, a jangled mess of forgotten foam-coated angles. Inside the sculpture are seats and a movie screen, which will show videos selected by the Wex's film curators. Called "Majestic," the quasi-functional piece is reminiscent of old theaters and examines how an object can feel different from the inside versus out.

The next sculpture is by Gustavo Godoy. His interactive installation, made of painted white plywood, lights and nails, feels like an antiseptic version of a surrealist playground and examines the boundaries we place on ourselves.

The only painter showcased is Katy Moran. A chronological display surveys her paintings from the past four years. You'll see a transformation from using a single found image to more dreamy collage paintings. All highlight her textured brushwork. Moran is noted for straddling abstraction and representation. From far away some of the works look like melted Michelangelo paintings, but up close the small canvases are something else entirely.

The last gallery houses the work of artist Joel Morrison. Billed as a "consummate and creative recycler," Morrison creates witty sculpture from discarded objects. You'll see recognizable forms covered in stainless steel or fiberglass - pickles, honey jars, toilet seats, gas jugs.

"After you get into the pieces," said the L.A. resident, "you realize the shiny, polished surface is least important to the work."