Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Summer Series 11

Bob Nunn - New Territory
My art review of an August 2011 show

Haley-Henman Gallery mixes it up with another Summer Series. A rapid succession of four this year, Summer Series 11 featured artists Pierre Durand, Brenda McKinney, Bob Nunn and Krystal Read. Without a theme, memories and imagination seem to thread the works together.

Bob Nunn has been working in the Dallas “Deep Ellum” area for almost 40 years and 20 of those years in the famed Continental Gin Building where several notable Dallas artists have their studios. When the Dallas Museum of Art opened a new wing, Nunn had
two works selected for the inaugural exhibition.

Krystal Read re-images memories through her works on paper, assemblages, sculptures,
and installations. Read’s art works are collages of fictional and fantasy stories of old photos. As Krystal says, "when I am in a public space, I often invent lives for the people passing by me or sitting near me". She has refined "people watching" and made it into something more tangible in her work. Her discovery of old photographs in antique stores allows her to create new stories from lost lives. Though she is not resurrecting the stories from these images, she is giving them new life and a new consideration. Read, recently finished her MFA from University of Dallas and has also exhibited internationally. With her strength of concept and her technical ability, she is an emerging artist to be watched.

With Pierre Durand’s dream like, surrealist based images and Brenda McKinney’s altered books, which from my observation of her past work looks completely like it was out of her comfort zone, Haley-Henman Gallery put together an interesting mix. The show will be up until August 20th.

For more pictures of the show go to ModernDallas.net.

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