Sunday, April 03, 2011
The Conduit Gallery is a gallery in Dallas, TX that started the trend of art galleries moving to the Design District. The city had galleries all over the city and many of the galleries were in the expensive part of town or the Deep Elm part of town. The Design District combined the more inexpensive rent with less of the bar scene. Thus many galleries and eventually the Dallas Contemporary came down to be part of Conduit's trail blazing. When ever I am in town, I make it a mission to visit this ground braking gallery.
A great show is going on at Conduit. The artist are featured: Michael Tole, Ted Larsen, and in the project room is Alison Starr. Larsen had his nice industrial minimalist pieces, Alison Starr has these wonderful sown birds and nest like structures with thread hanging of them, and Michael Tole had what can only be described as the most impresses break through made by a DFW artist I have seen this year. I had got a hint of his new work from a studio visit, but the work in the show filled my heart with with a feeling of pure aesthetic beauty. These were figure paintings that were there and not there. They were action in an orgy of sensual actions and rest. In the show, there were two paintings with several figures. These paintings felt like classical images connected to all of art history and then captured with contemporary methods of paintings and content of modern dance. Tole's jump from still life to figures has allowed his images to become epic narratives and I am excited to see the show again.