Friday, August 21, 2015
LILLIANA BLOCH GALLERY + THE PUBLIC TRUST
Since Liliana Bloch Gallery and The Public Trust moved to their new location in the design district, both have had their first opening and are on to their second. Liliana Bloch started her own gallery space out of the Public Trust’s old gift shop space. The Public Trust, under a different name, got their start out of Denton and then moved to Deep Ellum. This new location for both galleries puts them on pretty much equal footing in use of space. Bloch can curate larger shows and Brain Gibb can have exhibits that feel more like a traditional gallery space. The space in Deep Ellum had high ceilings with limited lights that sometimes swallowed the art. The new space is brighter and makes his offerings of work much more enjoyable to see.
Liliana Bloch Gallery’s first show was Letitia Huckaby’s photography on textiles. Huckaby brings traditional quilting and narrative photography to create rich images heavy with history. The current show up now is Ann Glazer’s painting exhibition titled “PACKABLE.” Glazer pins and drapes her paintings on the wall. Not constrained by stretcher bars, her abstract images take on a quality that relates a little like sculpture and a little like a textile on display. If Glazer was wanting to create a feeling of temporal existence, I think she succeeded. The abstract images feel aged, rusted in some works. Normally this kind of abstract formalism could have been somewhat old hat, but Glazer’s decision not to stretch the work strengthens her abstractions. Reaping well tread Modernist territory is not Glazer’s goal, but rather a jumping off point to further the conversation of abstraction, painting, and where those ideas might be heading.
The Public Trust opened their new space with a group show. However, hints of the upcoming show appeared, which happen to be a great lead into this month’s offering of two collaborating photographers: Kasumi Chow and Desiree Michelle Espada. In the group show, Chow and Michelle Espada had this absurdly humorous cut pony tail on a yellow background. Despite the brightly colored background, I thought the picture was a little tragic, but that only seemed to make it more hilarious. In fact, their show titled “truly, madly,” going on now, is a mix between funny and sad. With balloons on the floor and campy lettering for title of the show, you might think this was a light and airy exhibit, but investigating the photos, you start to see that things are more complicated. As Lesley Gore would say, it’s my party and I will cry if I want to.
Liliana Bloch Gallery and The Public Trust are located close to Galleri Urbane on Monitor Street. I am excited about their new spaces and hope you can go see these truly great places for artists to show their work. Both “truly, madly” at The Public Trust and “PACKABLE” at Liliana Bloch Gallery will run through June 20th.