Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Embracing THE Change to Arts and Culture DFW

When Dallas' branch of THE Magazine closed it's doors the people that made it happen locally decided to continue without the involvement of the Santa Fe head office. Last week the first issue debuted under the new Arts and Culture DFW masthead. The web site is still under construction, but a list of locations where the magazine is available can be found at the link below. Magazines like this one keep an art scene vital and accountable. Please support the Dallas art scene.

Also, don't miss my review of the Susan Rothenberg exhibition at The Ft. Worth Modern in the November issue.

Arts and Culture DFW
Art & Seek post about the Arts & Culture DFW launch

Monday, September 14, 2009

DADA Fall Art Walk Roundup

DADA Panel Discussion

The day started for me with the panel discussion Art and Economics 101: Pricing and Protection of Art in Today’s Economy. I was pleased to be among mostly artists in the audience so that the conversation was skewed in my direction. Below are a few of the highlights from that discussion with images and observations from some of the galleries Saturday night.

One of the first topics of discussion was the importance of insurance. Charles Lipscomb of Lipscomb Insurance Group noted that 80% of the damage that happens to artwork takes place in transit so that is the most important time to purchase insurance.

Some galleries have artists sign contracts such as Craighead Green where others like Valley House Gallery have a gentleman's agreement. It was recommended that artists who are presented with a contract take it to a contract lawyer to have it looked over before signing. Additionally, in both cases it was suggested that if someone was considering joining a gallery that they contact artists currently represented before making a final decision.

DADA acts as an oversight committee making sure that member galleries act in ethical ways in dealing with artists, collectors, et al. If an artist were to have a problem with a member gallery they could contact someone on the board and get help.

Art Walk Roundup-

Conduit Gallery: Steven Miller
's Fukurama, Jill Foley's The Mountain, Dan McPharlin in the Project Room and Matthew Whitenack's installation

Dan McPharlin's miniature analog synths and works on paper were on display in the project room. McPharlin recently created artwork for a Prefuse 73 album cover. The work has a retro-futuristic feel.

Dan McPharlin

Jill Foley's installation The Mountain is a reworking of her MFA thesis review show at SMU. She earned her graduate degree this past spring. In the three weeks leading up to the opening she worked to make her installation into something grander than she had had the opportunity for in her thesis show. In the large space at Conduit the space that she has created is part cave, part lodge. The construction is hot glued cardboard with a coat of amber shellac. There is a homemade quality to the installation which combines a child's fantasy and Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau.

Jill Foley installation shots
The Mountain

Also in the show Steven Miller
's Fukurama
Matthew Whitenack's installation of a miniature gallery with video and personal artifacts becomes like a nesting gallery within the larger gallery space.

Craighead Green Gallery
Ursula O'Farrell, Arturo Mallmann, Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith's sculptures take the idea of moving something from the digital to the analog world. It looks as if the forms have been pixelated. Smith said that He doesn't use a computer to make sketches for the works, but does draw out designs with pencil and paper. There were also works on paper in show.

Paintings by Ursuls O'Farrell and Arturo Mallmann also on exhibit.

Shawn Smith
Quiet Breath and Ewe

Pan American Gallery opened Howard Sherman's
Bloodthirsty Animal on Two Legs. The paintings had an eighties feel with their oil, acrylic and marker gestures. The majority of the paintings were in the 50" x 60" range with a monolithic painting that must have been about six times larger. At that scale the layering and brushwork have an almost overwhelming impact.

Howard Sherman Soft Target

Marty Walker Gallery hosted Sarah Williams'
Night Vision in the new smaller gallery space. The paintings were well painted night scenes that had a small town feel. When I first saw her work online I expected them to be large paintings, but they are actually quite modest in scale. She has a slightly loose approach that lends itself well to the imagery, making it feel hazy and romanticized.

The smaller size of the gallery wouldn't be important if you didn't know what you were missing. Seeing the space was another reminder of the effects of the economics of the gallery scene. It is good to see a gallery go smaller and weather the economic storm than close it's doors. I wish Marty Walker and all of Dallas' galleries good luck.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

DADA Fall Art Walk

Dallas Art Dealers Association's annual fall art walk takes place this Saturday. As previously mentioned there will be two panel discussions, one focused on artist's careers and the second on pricing artwork. There are some 33 galleries/art spaces involved in the art walk this year. A list of those I'm most looking forward to below.

Not strictly DADA Saturday fall art walk highlights:
Steven Miller, Jill Foley and Dan McPharlin at Conduit Gallery 530-830
Night Vision, paintings by Sarah Williams at Marty Walker Gallery
As If Our Lives Depended On It, group show at HCG Gallery
Marc Quinn at Goss-Michaels Foundation
Shawn Smith at Craighead Green Gallery 5-8
Blueprint at The MAC 11-9

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Shuttering the Art Lab

After a year in operation CADD (Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas) Art Lab is closing it's doors. Director Anne Lawrence has worked with CADD gallery owners to bring exhibitions that showcase the some great contemporary art from some of the most exciting galleries in Dallas. Programing at the Art Lab has included a host of exhibits and Art Socials, where two artists sit down and discuss each others artwork and take questions form the audience in an informal exchange.

Funding has been cited as the culprit for the close, but it was a good run. The gallery may have had odds stacked against it, as the location and timing surely played a part in it's fate. Galleries are closing so often that one can't help but be concerned for the seemingly immovable local institutions like The MAC, the DMA and contemporary galleries that give strength to the local art scene. The hope is that they will all weather the storm and get creative which is really at the heart of all art making, and I believe that now is the time for Dallas to prove itself. Thanks to Anne Lawrence and the CADD group, and good luck with the forthcoming projects in the works.

CADD Art Lab
will close with the current exhibition Launch on September 3. There is an Artist talk scheduled for September 3rd, tomorrow night at 7 pm with Julie Barnofsky, Angel Cabrales, Gabriel Dawe, Tim Harding, and Kyle Kondas.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Weekend Wish List

September 12 is the date for next round of openings to coincide with DADA's (Dallas Art Dealers Association) annual fall gallery walk. DADA is hosting a couple of panel discussions again this year, "Career Choices 101: Being Smart about Your Career as an Artist", 10:30 a.m. to Noon with speakers Benito Huerta, Vicki Meek, and Pamela Nelson, and "Art and Economics 101: Pricing and Protection of Art in Today’s Economy", 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m with Bob Banks, Steve Green, Charles Lipscomb, and Cheryl Vogel. The panels will be held at the South Dallas Cultural Center located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh at Robert B. Cullum. Tickets are $15 a piece and can be purchased through a link on their web site. The galleries associated with DADA will be open on September 12th from 2-8 PM.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Weekend Wish List

By way of a reminder, Gail Sachson will be giving a gallery talk about 15 works of art at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary's Annual Member Show. The show's theme this year is the number fifteen which commemorates the number of years that The MAC has been in operation. It should be fun to hear the talk next Wednesday night at 6:30 PM.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

With Honors

Launch at CADD Art Lab through September 3

The works in this show were hand selected by Anne Lawrence and the CADD (Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas) board from MFA candidates and recent graduates. A cross-section of different mediums, styles and concepts abound. The level of the work was high overall, but there were a handful of artists of particular interest.

Clearly inspired by Donald Judd’s wall-mounted boxes, the minimalist Nate Glaspie builds on that inspiration with his sculpture “Overton Plaza”. A mirror and perorated metal plate sit on a shelf of layered corrugated cardboard. The group of
wall-mounted boxes reflects light in stripes of circles back onto the wall in curiously alternating circles and ovals. The reflected light is where the payoff really came with this series.

Kelly Flynn’s photograph “War 1” pits a firework made to look like a
military tank against a firework made to look like a chicken. There is humor and sadness in the chicken that never crossed the road. The image is one of four photos in a cluster of firework related images.

The following artists are included in the exhibition, Adrian Aguirre, Julie Barnofski, Angel Cabrales, Todd Camplin, Gabriel Dawe, Kelly Flynn, Nate Glaspie, Timothy Harding, Elizabeth Higgins, Mona Kasra, Kyle Kondas, Jung Eun Lee, Tom Leininger, Mike Mazurek, and Sarah Williams.

Of additional interest, the Art Lab is hosting two events, a panel discussion and an art talk. There are often two “Art Socials” during the run of an exhibit in the space, which consists of a couple of artists discussing their work and that of the other artist that they are paired with. There have been lively discussions, including among others Tracy Hicks and David H. Gibson (my uncle and employer). It is an educational and often fun way to get another perspective on the show. Details from the website to follow.

Graduate Student Panel Discussion, Thurs., Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Featuring Victoria DeCuir, Nate Glaspie, Mona Kasra, Tom Leininger, John Pomara, and Anne Lawrence
Artists’ Talk, Thurs., Sept. 3, 7 p.m. Featuring artists in the exhibition on the closing day of the show.

Nate Glaspie "Overton Plaza"

Kelly Flynn "War 1"