This Week’s Visual Art: Jan 24-27: Gallery Openings, News, Reviews, and More

Conversing With the Void about a DMA Infiltration

There were two big news items this week. The first one came Monday when the Dallas Museum of Art celebrated the first day of its new free admission program, DMA Friends + Partners. During that event, and throughout the month, Studio DTFU is staging a renegade exhibition in the museum. Below is video of Justin Hunter Allen talking about the project in the S.C.A.B. crew’s Conversations in the Void video series.

Dallas Contemporary and eBay

The other big news of the week is the story about how the Dallas Contemporary mistakenly sold dozens of prints on eBay for as little as $15. Here’s the first story about the incident, and yesterday’s follow-up, which includes some conversation about artists and fundraiser coercion.


State of the Arts Tonight

I have to get a plug in for the latest installment of State of the Arts, which includes an intriguing mix of artists: Carlos Donjuan, Artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, University of Texas at Arlington; Kim Cadmus Owens, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, University of Dallas; and Lucia Simek, art critic with Glasstire and co-founder of The Art Foundation. I wouldn’t be surprised if tonight’s conversation revisits some of the themes that came up during last year’s State of the Arts lecture that caused a hefty amount of conversation about the state of the scene.


Want To Go To Art School For Free?

The deadlines for applications to a number of area MFA programs are fast approaching, and I’ve heard from both TCU and SMU that full-ride spots are still available. Both are solid — and quite different — programs. If that kind of thing applies to you, check out SMU here and TCU here.


The Gallery Openings:

Identity Book: Collage and Photography Workshop and GMF Social at the Goss-Michael Foundation – January 24: 6-8 p.m. 1405 Turtle Creek Blvd. Dallas, TX 75207.

There was a moment, hard to put a figure on exactly when – maybe, oh, when that socialite at the Goss-Michael opening stepped on and broke a Sarah Lucas – when the GMF seemed to be degenerating into a pit of narcissistic self-regard, mixing good shows (Adam McEwen) with art market slosh (Russell Young), and leaning on the Museum Tower-dwelling Buzzell Company to ship-in for parties names that might stumble their way into an Alan Peppard column.

But, things are starting to get mixed-up over there. Tonight there’s a social hosted by Oil and Cotton, and in February a new exhibition series, “New Practices” opening at the space will feature young artists, beginning a full slate of female talent. With Kevin Jacobs having a hand on the steering wheel, I imagine “New Practices” will have the feel of a Oliver Frances satellite space. Still, nice to see some energy at GMF during the stretches in between the periodic British invasions.


Brad Tucker: Paintings are People at H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery – January 25: 6-8 p.m. 801 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75202

Brad Tucker is one of two artists along with Sterling Allen currently featured in one of the best exhibitions currently up in DFW, Cross Talk at Ciruit 12. Less than two weeks after that opening, Tucker has a solo exhibition of New Work on the campus of El Central College. The opening will also feature Tucker performing under his band name “Bad Trucker.”


Long Live the New Flesh by ULNAE, Michael Morris, and Orgullo Primitivo + Mike Forbes at Black Lodge – January 25: 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 212. S. Walton Dallas, TX 75226.

Black Lodge is one of those little, un-categorical D.I.Y. spaces we could really do with a few more of. It’s sloppy, scattered, and cramped. When I was last there, art work of unknown origins was hung sporadically around the walls while Austin-based musician How I Quit Crack smeared glowing ooze on her face and arms while wailing into a heavily reverbed and delayed microphone. It was bizarre (though a little too calculatedly so), but satisfyingly raw, unpolished, and unexpected.

This weekend’s event promises moving images and more experimental sounds from a handful of video artists, as well as a screening Paper Rad’s Trash Talking, a brash and surreal lo-fi freak out which opens with what sounds like the Bee Gees “Jive Talking” squished into beta bits until it comes out like distilled Yellow Magic Orchestra. It’s BYOB, and please people, spare a space a few bucks as a donation. We want to water these kinds of joints.


Closing for Go by Kyle Evants at Homeland Security – January 26: 6-9 p.m. 1715 Gould St., Dallas, TX 75215

If you go to the Black Lodge event Friday night, then hit up the closing of sound designer, computer musician, electronic instrument creator and realtime video performer Kyle Evants’ show at Homeland Security Saturday and give your weekend some thematic coherency.


Contemporary Drawing Today at The Fort Worth Drawing Center – January 27: 2-5 p.m. 6324 Hart St. Fort Worth, TX 76112.

I mentioned Fracesco Moreno’s new art space last week. The opening features work by a load of artists:

Nieves Arozqueta
Linda Arredondo
Darja Bajagic
Katie Bell
Esteban del Valle
Hilary Doyle
Anthony Giannini
Judy Glantzman
Collin Hatton
Sedrick Huckaby
Marilyn Jolly
Cheon Lee
Michelle Mackey
Michael Mazurek
Michelle Rawlings
Abel Rodriguez
Josh Smith
Eli Walker
Bruce Wilhelm
Marianna Williams


Cosmic Telephone Party Line by Tim Kerr and Daniel Higgs at Webb Gallery – January 27: 4 p.m. 209 W. Franklin, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

Time for the occasional pilgrimage down to Waxahachie to see the latest unearthings by the always-inspired Webb crew. Both Tim Kerr Daniel Higgs are artist and musicians.

Other openings:

And there are plenty other interesting openings this week, with lots of college galleries kicking-off the new semester of shows:

Un Any A For a/One Year Outside by Teresa Gomez at Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College South – Janurary 24: 6-8 p.m. TCC South 5301 Campus Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76119.

“The Serpent In The Golden Triangle” by Stephen Adams, at the Gremillion & Company Fine Art – January 24 : 6-8 p.m. 2251 Vantage Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Food” at Eastfield College – January 25: 6-9 p.m. 3737 Motley Dr. Mesquite, Texas 75150.

Flight Deck at The Gallery at UTA – January 25: 5:30-8 p.m. Fine Arts Building, 502 S. Cooper St.
Arlington, Texas 76019.

“Encapsulations” by Brian Molanphy, at the Forum Gallery of Brookhaven College – January 25 : 6—8 p.m. 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Tx 75244.

“Place Stamp Here” by Carrie Crumbley, at R02 Art Downtown – January 25 : 6-8 p.m. 110 North Akard, Dallas, Tx 75201.

“Reforming Documentary : Creative Ph.D. in Progress” by Lilly Albritton, Charley R. Bevill, Diane Durant, Cynthia Miller, June Owens, Giraud Polite, and Lupita Murillo Tinnen, and “Select and Save” by Emily Loving, at the University of Texas at Dallas – January 25 : 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visual Arts Building, Arts & Performance Office JO 31, 800 West Campbell Rd., Richardson, Tx 75080.

Image from Trash Talking by Paper Rad