Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dallas Art Fair and More


Fountainhead, The Art Foundation - Stephanie Madewell

ModernDallas.net repost of an article I wrote in April 2012.

On Saturday, I took the day to visit the Fort Worth Modern to see the Glenn Legion show, a quick revisit to Brand 10, a long visit to the Dallas Art Fair until it closed that night, then over to Fountainhead show and the Reading Room near Fair Park. The Dallas Art Fair had so much energy this year. I am glad I dedicated to spend several hours to see all the booths. The twists and turns of the f.i.g. space make the Dallas Art Fair unique. The space is informal and fun, and I was not surprised to meet a group of patrons on a scavenger hunt.

The Dallas Art Fair had so many great highlights. One big surprise was visiting the Webb Gallery booth. Located in Waxahachie, Texas, their collection of outside art made me reevaluate my opinion. Listening to the conversations in the booth, I learned a great deal about some of the complex stories and passions these artists possess. I was won over enough to make a trip to an opening or two in the near future. Barry Whisler Gallery in Dallas had a collection of Texas Modernist Toni LaSelle on the walls. Those 1950’s paintings looked like they could have been painted today. LaSelle’s works speak directly to anyone still interested in painting. I love the minimal shapes and over worked textured surfaces.

Charlie James Gallery, in LA, had Alex Schaefer’s burning banks on display. Schaefer distilled the sentiments of the 99% protest movement through his paintings. I think Schaefer’s work has the right elements to fit into the art history narrative and the history of politics.

Over at the Fountainhead show were several little Dada like works and a gigantically large book of prints on a massive pedestal. These prints by several artists from Texas and around the world are rifts on Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain.” People would gather around the book while one person would volunteer to lift a page to see the next prints. I saw/acknowledged/chatted with some of my UNT and UTD art professors and I ran into my publisher.

Both the Dallas Art Fair and Fountainhead show are over, but the Reading Room still has Shane Mecklenburger’s work up until May 12th. He is selling “concepts” on Ebay and mailing out certificates. Mecklenburger also used all the carbon in the Superman 3 script to make a zirconium diamond, among two other items. He also houses his diamond in shaped glass that relates to the item. His diamond, made of an armadillo, was of course, incased in a glass armadillo. By the end of the night, my publisher and I went out for pizza to il Cane Rosso in Deep Ellum. I must have walked 20 miles that day in new shoes no less, but all is good when you see so many wonderful things in one day.

ModernDallas.net has more pictures.

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