This Week’s Visual Art, Nov 15-18: Gallery Openings, News, Reviews, and More

We’re going to roll through these pretty quickly this week. If you want to see our reviews from last weekend’s openings at Ro2, Kirk Hopper, Oliver Francis, and Studio DTFU, go here.

Semigloss Magazine Release Party at Oliver Francis Gallery – November 16: 8-11 p.m. 209 S. Peak St. Dallas, TX 75226.

Here’s some fantastic news: there’s a new local arts publication about to hit the streets, a print (what’s that?) magazine called Semigloss, the product of the blood, sweat, and tears of artist Sally Glass, as well as a handful of equally talented folks. It’s artist run, artist written, and artist designed, and you can toast it Friday.

Monument to Berezovsky by Jesse Morgan Barnett, C.J. Davis, and Michael Mazurek in collaboration with the Free Museum of Dallas at   Hope Lobby SMU, Meadows School of the Arts — November 16: 7-9 p.m. 6101 Bishop, Dallas, Texas 75275.

Just this:

“…the body of the condemned man was once again an essential element in the ceremonial of public punishment. It was the task of the guilty man to bear openly his condemnation and the truth of the crime he had committed. His body, displayed, exhibited in procession, tortured, served as the public support of a procedure that had hitherto remained in the shade; in him, on him, the sentence had to be legible for all.”

Dedicated to (RSFSR) article, 216

“Co-Re-Creating Spaces” at CentralTrakNovember 17 : 8-10 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, Tx 75226

There was a time when there wasn’t much video art in Dallas. There still isn’t a lot, but I think I hear the wagon wheels creaking slowly forward. Pushing the cart are the two curators behind this show, Carolyn Sortor and Michael Morris, who have brought together a fine grouping of artists who will explore “reality as art medium and art object.” Ahead of the show, check out the exhibit’s tumblr.

“Exit For Sale” by Brandon Kennedy, at The Reading RoomNovember 17: 7-9 p.m. 3715 Parry Avenue, Dallas, Tx 75226.

Brandon Kennedy hasn’t exhibited much in Dallas since return to his home town after a decade or so in New York. Now he’s primarily doing things like stalking Larry McMurtry’s book collection. I reached out to Kennedy to chat with him about this show, but in terms of digging deeply into what he is up to here, our conversation felt like  a small failure. I suppose that’s somewhat appropriate. The statement released with this show describes Kennedy as “flirting with both failure and disruption.” Well, let’s at least hope we have our act together by the time of our pre-programmed in-gallery conversation on December 9, where Kennedy and I will try our best to fail and disrupt more effectively than this:

FrontRow: So, we should get it out right at the top that we know each other socially, so to speak, and yet I’ve only really seen one piece that you’ve done (well, maybe one or two more than that, but it can’t be confirmed). You’ve been back in Dallas for a while, and yet you haven’t exhibited much. To use a biblical analogy (because I know you’ll love that) why have you been hiding your candle under a bushel?

Brandon Kennedy: Well, I don’t really make art out of habit or a need per se. And as I don’t have a studio nor a real practice, I generally just let the ideas roll around in the ole noggin–hopefully changing and refining all the while–until a somewhat fully-realized concept finds its form or final purpose. Also, the objects I typically make don’t exactly scream shelf life, therefore not inviting so much commercial interest. As far as the B-I-B-L-E parable goes, I don’t know that I have been “hiding” anything necessarily, though I hope not everything is revealed when I show these four new works either.

FR: So four new works, what can we expect?

BK: I hope that I can deliver on my promise of those loose parameters of methodology and making, though remember, half the hoisting is on the viewer in the end. Nonetheless, a healthy dose of low expectations and a skewed curiosity wouldn’t hurt either.

FR: So lower our expectations.

BK: Only because I lower mine, would I suggest that you think about lowering yours. Anyhow, there is somewhat large floor sculpture that arcs into the air: an assisted readymade that I have been wanting to build for years now. A re-creation of a sign that I once glimpsed in a window many years ago and recreated from a photograph I took at the time, with one minor adjustment. Another illuminated object hangs wounded with the same logic that brought it into being. Finally, the last work hangs on the wall as sort of a screen, the idea for which was overheard in passing in a workplace breakroom and realized with the speaker as the photographed subject. Of course, none of this really makes any sense unless you come to this exhibition, and even then…

Brass Tacks at Homeland Security November 17: 1-9 p.m. 1715 Gould St., Dallas, TX 75215. 

This week I reviewed Applefaces at Studio DTFU, and now it’s another week, and there’s another exhibition by the same artists. This one is at Homeland Security, which is  in the home of artists Kelly Kroener and Eli Walker, who were both in Applefaces and will be in this show. But Homeland Security is a separate project. S.C.A.B.? No, no, no. Not S.C.A.B. That’s is something else. DTFU? No, that’s a different space. Listen, I obviously don’t have any of this straight, so luckily Lucy Kirkman, who curated Applefaces and who will also be featured in Brass Tacks, helped me sort it all out:

For future reference, let me explain the structure of our collective. I co-run Studio DTFU with my partner Justin Hunter Allen. Since January we have been holding exhibitions here in our painting studio. Applefaces is our latest curatorial project.

Homeland Security is a separate space operated by Eli Walker and Kelly Kroener. You may be interested in this weekend’s opening show, Brass Tacks, in their new space. Other artist-run spaces are That That, run by Alexander DiJulio and Samantha McCurdy; Hunger Games/Pool Gallery, run by Joshua von Ammon; and IDMOCA, run by Michael Morris. Although each space operates as a distinct organization, S.C.A.B. is an association (or super-collective) bringing together the 5 groups.

Hidden Behind the Stars at Webb Gallery November 18: 3-7 p.m. 209 W. Franklin, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

Listen, if Webb Gallery is good enough for David Byrne, it’s good enough for you. But you already knew that. I just needed an excuse to post that link.

This Week’s Must-See Lecture

360: Artists, Critics, Curators with Richard Wentworth at the Nasher Sculpture Center – November 17: 1 p.m. 2001 Flora St. Dallas, TX 75201.

If you, like me, were watching the kids so your better half could go to last Tuesday’s Bruce Nauman lecture at the Fort Worth Modern, then think of this as your second shot. Here’s the TateShots Wentworth video:

Here are all the other openings:

“Art Mart” by Sally Ackerman, Rebecca Alexander, Kim Augubright, Rita Barnard, Susan Bier, George Boyd, Shirley Boyd, Jan Byron, Nancy Cecco, Pamela Cleveland, Dan Coppersmith, Dan Dudley, Lori Dudley, Anthony Fedele, Brad Foster, Fred Gardner, Ann Gaspari, Essie P. Graham, Rebecca Guy, Janice Hamilton, Mary Ann Hasty, Tricia Hicks, Shelly Hoggarth, Bobbie Howard, Carmen Kelley, Cindy Kelley, Karen (Sunny) Koshy, Cynthia Lester, Caleb Massey, Laurie McClurg, Maja McFaul, Mick McGill, Eileen Miles Biggs, Sylvia Mims, Jo Moncrief, Jiyoung Moore, Nancy Munger, Teri Muse, Melia Newman, Brenda Newton, Sharon O’Callaghan Shero, Pavlina Panova, Lisa Payne, Larry Pile, Christine Pincetin-Johnstone, Freya Adelle Read, Gail Roberts, Elisabeth Schalij, Ruth Semmi, Brandi Solomon, Cat Tatsch, Susan Tinkler O’Neal, Dave Unger, Sheila Unger, Mark Walden, Martha A. Wasserman, Dawn Waters Baker, Debra Worrell Hernandez, and Wouldstock at the Bath House Cultural Center – November 16-18. 521 East Lawther Drive, Dallas, Tx 75218.

“Beyond the Textile” by Julie Wroblewski Tourtillotte and Eun-Kyung Suh, at the Haggerty Gallery of the University of Dallas – November 16 : 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, Tx 75062.

“2011 Creative Works Exhibit” at the Janette Kennedy Gallery at Southside on Lamar – November 16: 7-9 p.m. 1409 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Tx 75215.

“Metalicious” by Chance Dunlap, at Ro2 Art DOWNTOWN Gallery – November 16: 7-10 p.m. 1408 Elm Street, Dallas, Tx 75201.

“Limbo” by Francesca Bifulco, Kristen Cochran, Melissa Dickenson, Barrett Emke, Annie Farrar, Abigail Mayfield, Caroline Oliver, Jon Revett, and Kathryn Van Steenhuyse, at WAAS Gallery – November 16: 7-10 p.m. 2722 Logan Street, Dallas, Tx 75215.

“Cedars Tour” at the Art Hotel Collective – November 17 : 12-6 p.m. 1112 S. Akard, Dallas, Tx 75215.

“Frontline Report” by Marcus Jansen, at the Galleri Urbane – November 17: 5-8 p.m. 2277 Monitor Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Ornament Extravaganza” at the Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass – November 17: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 5100 Beltline Rd, #820, Dallas, Tx 75254.

“WHAT I MEANT TO SAY” by Archie Scott Gobber, at the Marty Walker Gallery – November 17: 6-8 p.m. 2135 Farrington Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“SIZE DOESN’T MATTER” at Red Arrow Contemporary – November 17 : 6-9 p.m. 1130 Dragon Street, Suite 110, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Illuminations at RE Gallery – Novmeber 17: 12-9 p.m. 1717 Gould St., Dallas, TX 75215.

Image at top: Image from video documentation of eteam’s participatory/performance/media-based work, 100 meters behind the future. Taken from Co-Re-Creating Space’s Tumblr site.


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