Sunday, January 03, 2016

The fall art scene



Jessica Drenk - Galleri Urbane

ModernDallas.net repost of my article.

In order visit all the best openings in the metroplex, you might want get an early start. I can't even give you a top 5 in DFW alone because so many galleries put their best on for the unofficial fall season. Seven of the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) member galleries are opening. New member, Mary Tomás Gallery will be opening with works by (Kandinsky/early Mondrian style) artist Johannes Boekhoudt. R02 Gallery will be ending the Chaos show this weekend too, which is worth a second look. With all that work, you are bound to have missed a gem..

Tom Orr at Barry Whistler is a must see. His optical play with material continues to capture my attention and admiration. Simon Bilodeau would pair well in a show with Orr and his show is across town at Circuit 12 Contemporary. I reviewed a show by Robert Baramian at Conduit a year or so back and I was surprisingly taken by his highly symbolic work. Baramian uses the look of the collaged image in his painting to reengage images for new meanings. Based on his last show, I have high hopes for this one. Galleri Urbane Dallas and Holly Johnson Gallery will host mesmerizing detailed artists. Jessica Drenk takes ordinary objects, multiplies them, and then makes something beautiful and new. Matthew Cusick is cutting up maps, newspapers, etc. to make complex images of people and landscapes. I look forward to seeing these artists’ work up close and personal.

DADA galleries are also making a splash this weekend. ModArtists Gallery will be celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend as a new member of DADA. They will be launching a Group Show with works from their collective of artists including works by Steve Uriegas, Lisa Ehrich, Michael Lyon, and Nan Phillips. UTD’s CentralTrak will have a performance of words, sounds and ideas, and this has got me intrigued. I will have to swing by at 2PM to see what these CalArts people are doing. I will be honest, I am not enticed to visit Samuel Lynne Gallery that often, but every now and then they at least make me curious. I might have to see their show with Bernie Taupin. I guess I am a sucker for artists that use words in some of their work.

I went to Fort Worth to see more work. Especially for the Cecil Touchon show at William Campbell Contemporary Art. Once again, another artist that uses words, but broken and deconstructed to a point where the beauty of the curves and lines of individual letters can truly be appreciated. I don’t know what ArtSpace 111 has in store, but a show titled pARTy has to have something good and not just for the drinks and party favors. If I can find a parking space not outrageously expensive, I might even visit the Fort Worth Community Art Center to see their drawing show. Honestly, where are you supposed to park for free or even cheap near that place? By the way, all these spaces belong to their own gallery organization called the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association which has their fall gallery night this weekend on the 12th.

Sure you will be tired from seeing so much art, but trust me, it will be worth it. A weekend of binging on galleries is a perfect way to start a monthly habit, because once you catch the gallery hopping bug, you won’t want to give it up.

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