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"

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