Tuesday, April 18, 2017

21 TO WATCH

Linda Fleming - Voltage, 2016
powder coated steel, 52h x 66w x 2d in


ModernDallas.net re-post (link here)

Not far from the DMA and the Art District is the highrise complex known as The Crescent. You can’t miss these structures because all the balconies are quite ornate. I am reminded of the French Quarter in New Orleans when I look at the balconies. It also happens to be the where the Bivins Gallery opened their first show. I was surprised to see a gallery open in midtown Dallas after most galleries depopulated the area for the cheaper spaces in the Design District, but maybe Bivin Gallery can make this venture work with a bold program and a full stable of artists.

Their opening show is titled 21 to Watch, which is a bold statement to start off a gallery, but I guess it is good to make a splash with your first show. This is a group show of artists they represent, which means you will get a sample of their program. However, for a first show, much of the work had little breathing room from other work in the show. It feels a little like a salon show, without really being one. I don’t know if it was necessary to put all that work out there at once.

Linda Fleming had a sculpture on the wall that was interesting in shape and the areas she cut out. Her use of organic and geometric shapes expressed in line made me think that she would be perfect for a MADI show. Dana Hart-Stone’s huge repeated pattern work on canvas was mind blowing. Don Nice just paints an object. A little informal in style, but the object is recorded and he moves on. In this case, it was a Cracker Jack box, which is my dad’s favorite snack, so instantly I was smelling the caramel. I wonder if the painting also comes with a toy inside? Brian Wall has some pieces in the show, one more monumental and another low to the ground. The two pieces were so different in scale and style that I thought they were made by two differents artists.

Bivins Gallery also represents some estates of artists that have passed. One such artist is Irene Pijoan, who passed in 2004 and had a body of work that is both labor intensive and fascinating to behold. I hope they have a solo show of her work one day. The gallery also works in the secondary market to help collectors find artworks. These artists are normally deceased, but some contemporary artists find their work in the secondary market as well.

21 to Watch will be up through February 11th. Bivins Gallery’s next show will the Robert Hudson’s show titled Between the Lines where you will see his whimsical sculptures and paintings on paper. That show will be up from February 18 through March 25.

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