This Week’s Visual Art, Jan 10-13: Gallery Openings, News, Reviews, and More

As we mentioned in this week’s spring art preview, the new art season kicks-off this weekend with a load of new openings, many centering in and around the Design District. Here are a few highlights:


“C 4” by Christine Bisetto, Colette Copeland, Clayton Hurt and Chancellor Page at 500x GalleryJanuary 12: 7-10 p.m. 500 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, Tx 75226.

We mentioned Colette Copeland’s video project, a six-part narrative installation piece that explores historical hangings of women, in the spring preview. This show also features three other 500x artists, including Christine Bisetto, Clayton Hurt, and Chancellor Page, with some of the work of these artists involving thematically-related ideas of ephemera, memory, time, and symbol.


“CROSS TALK” by Sterling Allen and Brad Tucker, at Circuit12 Contemporary GalleryJanuary 12 : 6-10 p.m. 1130 Dragon Street, #150, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Despite Texas-centric publications like Glasstire and the late-Art Lies, Texas is too large and dispersed to claim state-wide cohesion when it comes to art (or music or theater for that matter). My impression is that there is a bit more artistic circulation in the triangulated zone formed by Austin, San Antonio, and Houston, while Dallas-Fort Worth can often feel like an island floating three hours off the coast of Sixth Street.

That’s why I like the prospect of this program at Circuit 12, which will systematically try to cross-pollinate the state’s divergent scenes. And Allen and Tucker make for a good launch. The Austin-based artists form a complementary pairing, and while Allen recently showed at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts (2011), Tucker hasn’t shown in North Texas since a 2008 group show at TCU. His last solo show in the area was way back in 2000 at Angstrom Gallery.


“Doing Wrong Right” by Jennifer and Mathew Guest at Mighty Fine ArtsJanuary 12, 6-9 p.m. 409A N. Tyler, Dallas, TX 75208.

Gallerist Steve Cruz’s eccentric taste for rich and lush outsider art can sometimes feel like just what the doctor ordered. Jennifer and Mathew Guest’s vibrant, perverse, scatological paintings possess the raw, intuitive ferocity of a highly-charged adolescent doodles, with plenty of blood and fire, curiously-imagined monsters, and gruesome and surreal mash-ups of imagery that mixes the comic, domestic, fanciful, or just plain horrifying. Bold and often hilarious, it is nice to see work that isn’t trying to trip you up, but rather leaves it all right there on the canvas.


“Surface Structures” by Gail Peter Borden, at Gallerie Urbane DallasJanuary 12: 5-8:30 p.m. 2277 Monitor Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Gail Peter Borden, who is the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at University of Southern California, uses color, geometrics,  and perspective to suggest vaguely architectural and open-ended landscapes that mix a little bit of Josef Albers, a little Giorgio de Chirico, and a little Ellsworth Kelly. These paintings are clean and formal, almost too pretty, and yet what I can’t shake is the work’s use of color to suggest light and lightness – both in terms of the seeming weight of the forms and the Marfa-like dusk that pervades each of the paintings.


“Missed Calls” by Kris Pierce at The Reading RoomJanuary 12: 7-9 p.m. 3715 Parry Avenue, Dallas, TX 75226.

At last year’s where is the power at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Kris Pierce installed three red phones around Fort Worth, including one in front of the gallery, which recorded and streamed the voices of whomever picked up the receivers and spoke into them. At his solo show at the Reading Room, Pierce will again play with scattered telecommunications, this time posting three separate phone numbers around Dallas. In the gallery, a computer and printer will gather the data received from those telephone numbers and print out a continuing feed of the information.


“Ex Libris” by Julie Bozzi, Vernon Fisher, Joseph Havel, Linda Ridgway, Matthew Sontheimer, Erick Swenson, and Xiaoze Xie, and “The Imaginary Life Of William Bailey” by William Bailey, at Talley Dunn GalleryJanuary 12 : 6-8 p.m. 5020 Tracy Street, Dallas, Tx 75205.

Talley Dunn probably has the best stable of artists in town, and this Saturday a group show called Ex Libris will feature some of the best of them. The title offers an intriguing line of continuity between the featured artists, from Matthew Sontheimer and Vernon Fisher’s text-driven drawings and paintings, to Linda Ridgway’s bronzed poetics and Erick Swenson’s literary imagination.


“New Work by Angela Kallus” at the Marty Walker GalleryJanuary 12: 6-8 p.m. 2135 Farrington Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

We touched upon this show in the spring preview. Here’s more from the Glasstire write-up:

Kallus opens her first solo show in Dallas at Marty Walker Gallery with a collection of works that include a number of her circular disk paintings–meticulous spins of ridged color that recall vinyl records and garnered the artist quite a bit of attention while still in Vegas. She will also show newer, highly wrought paintings of acrylic roses which feel like a cross between the surface of a wedding cake and a Faberge egg—part frosting, part encrusted relic detail. These rose paintings in particular are grinningly garish—saccharine, but two steps removed from actual sweetness. There’s a clever irony in them that belies the deep cut that Kallus makes into ideas of romance and femininity and their iconic visual conceits.


“FOCUS: Gary Simmons” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth – January 13-March 24 3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

“FOCUS: Yinka Shonibare” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort WorthJanuary 13-March 24 3200 Darnell Street. Fort Worth, Texas 76107.

Hurricane Sandy pushed-back Gary Simmons FOCUS show at the Modern, which was originally planned for last fall, so now we have the treat of getting Simmons’ work concurrent to an exhibition by Yinka Shonibare. To whet your appetite, here’s an episode of Art 21 featuring Shonibare:

Watch Transformation on PBS. See more from ART:21.

Here is the full list of openings:

“Alisa Levy: Culmination of a Gesture” at the Magnolia Theatre – January 10: 8-10 p.m. 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100. Dallas, TX 75204.

“Optical Spaces” by Victor Vasarely, at the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art – January 11 : 6:30-7:30 p.m. 3109 Carlisle (at Bowen), Dallas, Tx 75204.

“E N V I R O N S” by Ron Clark, Susan Perkins and Betty Sewell, at the Cohn Drennan Contemporary Gallery – January 12 : 6–8 p.m. 1107 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“pictures and stories” by Robert Jessup, and “Cassandra” by Rosalyn Bodycomb, at the Conduit Gallery – January 12 : 6-8 p.m. 1626 Hi Line Drive, #c, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Visible Traces” by Cary Hulbert, Padaric Kolander and Aaron Munoz at the Red Arrow Contempoary – January 12, 6-9 p.m. 1130 Dragon St., Ste. 110, Dallas, TX 75207.

“Scottie Parsons: Selected Works form the Artist’s Estate” at William Campbell Contemporary Art – January 12 6-8 p.m. 4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

“Be Still with Me” by Trey Egan, at the Cris Worley Fine Arts – January 12 : 6-8 p.m. 1415 Slocum Street, #104, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Clothesline” by John Albok at Photographs Do Not Bend – January 12: 5-8 p.m. 1202 Dragon St., Ste. 103. Dallas, TX 75207.

“Kevin Box, Krista Harris, Kenda North” at the Craighead Green Gallery – January 12: 5-8 p.m. 1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“David McGlothlin Art” by David McGlothlin, at the Alan Simmons Art + Design Studio – January 12 : 5-8:30 p.m. 1415 Slocum Street, Dallas, Tx 75202.

“Randy Twaddle: New Drawings” by Randy Twaddle, at the Holly Johnson Gallery – January 12 : 6-8 p.m. 1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Salon Style II” at the Mary Tomas Gallery – January 12 : 6-9 p.m. 1110 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“FRAMED Art Sale” at the Mokah Art Gallery – January 12: 6-10 p.m. 2803 Taylor Street, Dallas, Tx 75226.

“Twilight Legacy Exhibition” by Nathan Whitney and Lisa Bolin, at the Janette Kennedy Gallery of the South Side on Lamar – January 12 : 7-10 p.m. 1409 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Tx 75215

“Forty Years in the West” by Alan Ross, at Sun to Moon Gallery – January 12: 5-8 p.m. 1515 Levee Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Art Talk” by Ricardo Paniagua, at RE Gallery – January 13 : 6-7 p.m. 1717 Gould Street, Dallas, Tx 75215.

“Black and White: An Exhibition of Paintings and Flowers”at Irving Arts Center – January 13: 2-4 p.m. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Irving, TX 75062.

“TVAA New Members Show” by Victor De Anda, Randy Ross, Elena Nosyreva, Angela De Anda, Donna Head, Jimmy Magouirk, “Quwwa” Davis, Ty Fawley, Marilee Vergati-Haynes, Elsa Vasquez, and Rashmi Ranolia, at the TVAA Gallery – January 13 : 2-4 p.m.  TVAA Downtown Gallery, Plaza of the Americas, Suite G207 Box 347, 700 N Pearl Street, Dallas, Tx 75201.

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Image at top: Painting by Gail Peter Bordon (detail) 12 x 36 at Gallery Urbane (via)