This Week’s Visual Art, Feb 21-24: Gallery Openings, News, Reviews, and More

Screening of “Six Short Stories,” A Film by Richard Patterson at The Texas Theater – February 21: 8 p.m. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX 75208.

I’ll just excerpt what I wrote over on FrontBurner:

You may know the name of British artist Richard Patterson for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you were enthralled with his defense of the opening ceremonies of last summer’s London Games. Perhaps you’ve read his musings on FrontRow. Maybe you caught his exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation in 2009. More than likely, though, you know him because Patterson is anaccomplished and renowned painter who has been residing in Dallas now for some time, a member of that pivotal generation of British artists that is known by the clumsy moniker “YBA.”

I said painter, but as you all know, Dallas does funny things to people who move here and stick around for a while. In Patterson’s case, he has been dabbling in video of late.  The result is a series of video pieces Patterson is calling “Six Short Stories.” They are screening tonight at 8 p.m. at the Texas Theater for one night only. Admission is completely free.

Why can’t you miss this screening? Well, for one, because the work is hilarious, fascinating, moving, deeply intelligent, and beautiful. It is also likely the only chance you’ll ever get to see Patterson’s videos (in part because of all sorts of confusing copyright stuff that tends to give gallery dealers headaches).

So what to expect? Pushed to describe his work, Patterson calls the videos “dream-like vignettes” and feigns British self-deprecation:

“[It is] A film with scant originality and little authenticity featuring fast cars, bare breasts, inflatable furniture, the music of Allegri and Michel Legrand, death, the Jaguar Mk2 and much, much more… Don’t bring your children.”

Also, following the screening, I’ll be participating in an onstage conversation with Patterson, and after we gab, a DJ set by Wild in the Streets will take us all into the night. See you there.


“Notes on The Movement” at South Dallas Cultural Center – February 21: 5 p.m. 3400 S. Fitzhugh, Dallas, TX 75210.

We mentioned this show a few weeks ago before it was postponed. “Notes on The Movement” is a pop-up exhibition organized by Vicki Meeks (one of the artists who will be participating in the Nasher’s public art exhibition) that seeks to explore the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. She invited visual artists, literary artists, musicians, and anyone else to submit a postcard-sized response to the show’s concept: a consideration of the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the broader concept of human rights throughout the world. The exhibit will hang in the lobby at the South Dallas Cultural Center throughout the year as the center rolls out other complementary programming examining the legacy of Civil Rights in America.


New Paintings by Brendan Carroll: Windows, Walls, and Screens at Homeland Security – February 22: 6-10 p.m. 1715 Gould St. Dallas, TX 75215.

A colleague of the S.C.A.B. crew form Maryland Institute College of Art, Brendan Carroll painting intersects with his studies of neuropsychology, creating work that examines concepts of perception. You might anticipate, then, where a series titled “windows, walls, and screens” will lead the artist: to a consideration of barrier and mediation. It’s painting playing with fields of view, marked by a intriguing use of color, visceral gestural sensibility, and suggestive form and erasure.


“This Makes Me Sad” by Lana Paninchul at Oliver Francis Gallery – February 22: 7-10 p.m. 209 S. Peak St. Dallas, TX 75226.

Like the show at Homeland Security, German-American Lana Paninchul’s exhibition at OFG presents another artist whose creative interests intersect with scientific investigation. In addition to work as a videographer (and an au pair), Paninchul has been a research assistant studying animal behavior (which sounds entirely complementary to her au pair work). Her art, the press materials accompanying this first solo exhibition explain, blends elements of video, sculpture, design and photography to create work that considers domestic debris and the way objects inform social organizations and communication. If you want a taste of what that means, consider this image — never has feces looked so appetizing and dreamy.


“Dallas, PUNK! 1976 – 1982” by James Bland, Frank Campagna, Tracy Holman, Barry Kooda, Jonathan Lacey, Paul Quigg, Mark Ridlen and Turner Van Blarcum, at the Cohn Drennan Gallery – February 23: 6-8 p.m. 1107 Dragon, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Dallas has a way of absorbing its own cultural history — obscuring, trivializing  or just plain forgetting the things that have come before. As a result, we flounder for a sense of continuity with the past, to build on what has been done before rather than continually starting anew. There are dozens of examples — kinds of galleries or collectives, musical movements, urbanism projects, etc. —  but Dallas’ punk scene is worth its own exploration. Just go back and watch, if you can, the WFAA TV report of the Sex Pistols legendary jaunt through Dallas in 1978 (which, alas, seems to have been taken off YouTube). This city was a very different place when the handful of punks began kicking shins, bashing guitars, and generally knocking the stetsons off this city’s image. So I’m glad to see a gallery celebrating the punks of yesteryear; I hope the punks of today show up.


“TepeQuetzalandia” by Roberto Munguia, “It Was The Body Which Despaired Of The Body” by Michael Tole, and “Critique Machine” by Jason Flowers, at Conduit Gallery – February 23: 6-8 p.m. 1626 C Hi Line Drive, Dallas, Tx 75207.

In the project room at this Conduit opening, Jason Flowers will install his “critique machine,” a nifty little sci-fi- industrial-looking mechanism that will emit a “cacophony of unintelligible sound” during its installation. It’s a metaphor: literal feedback relating to the muddled mess of feedback artists continually receive and try to make sense of — from critics, peers, colleagues, enemies, family, friends, etc. I appreciate the defiance of the idea, to subject your audience to something akin to the noise that the artist is so often subjected to. Come to think of it, after the run at Conduit, I may ask Flowers if he’ll let me hand the keys to FrontRow over to his machine.


“Photographs by Bunny Yeager” at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery – February 23: 5-8 p.m. 1202 Dragon Street, Ste. 103, Dallas, Tx 75207.

PDNB looks back at the career of a legendary pin-up artist, though the exhibition inadvertently sparked a very uncomfortable fact-checking experience for one of D’s editorial intern. You should read the full piece, but here’s an excerpt:

The truth: I was so enthralled with my fact-checking project that I failed to acknowledge the breasts-thighs-butts for what they were. When, all of a sudden, I noticed neighbor-on-the-right Jacie (fellow editorial intern; a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader; and current co-occupant of the earth’s selfsame four square feet) studying my computer screen with a sidelong take. Looking at my screen anew, I saw what she saw: a Google search screen with thumbnails of black-and-white, buck-naked women and a side panel advertising Bunny Yeager’s Beautiful Backsides ($16.20 on, complete with a bum-thrusting bombshell.


“Texploitation II” by Steve Cruz, Eddy Rawlinson, Omar Hernandez, and Ryder Richards, by the Cirkit of Mythos at T.S.F.K.A.P.G.or The Space Formerly Known as Plush Gallery – February 23: 6-9 p.m. 918 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207

The Texans fight back. From the release:

Cirkit of Mythos presents “Texploitation II” featuring new work by Steve Cruz, Omar Hernandez, Eddy Rawlinson and Ryder Richards. This show opens Saturday February 23 with a reception for the artists from 6-9pm and will run till March 30. Hell yeah this is a Texass Art Show with real “ART” and chicks and sex and blood and guts and glory and bar-b-que and more sex. None of this aesthetic hand wringing and whining and hipster doodads, yall can shove that coy, cute and conceptual. Hell we aint anti-intelluctual, look we’re just exposing the dialectic of hypocrisy entrenched in stereotype. We’re Texas artists focused on personal mythology as environmentally determined, taking on the icons of the West and moderm masculinity as politically charged and contentious while hearlding a warning of extremity and romanticized notions of power. Damn straight! Steve Cruz is also owner operator of Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Omar Hernandez is a Professor of Art at El Centro College, Eddy Rawlinson moonlights as Dean of Arts and Sciences at El Centro College, and Ryder Richards is currently a Roswell Artist in Residence Fellow.


“STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU” by Madeline Terry, at Gallery 422 at The Workroom – February 21: 5-8 p.m. 422 Singleton Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75212

“Artist Talk” by Eric Cox and Jonathan Ramirez at the WAAS Gallery – February 21: 6-7 p.m. 2722 Logan Street, Dallas, Tx 75215.

“Process” by Eric Cox and Jonathan Ramirez at the WAAS Gallery – February 21: 7-10 p.m. 2722 Logan Street, Dallas, Tx 75215.

“Land Ho” by Dean Monogenis and Pepa Prieto, at the Circuit12 Gallery– February 23: 6-10 p.m. 1130 Dragon Street, Suite 150, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Points Of View” by Kevin Page, at the Alan Simmons Art + Design – February 23: 5-8:30 p.m. 1415 Slocum Street, Suite 105, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Peter Burega, Michelle O’Michael, and Raymond Saa” at the Craighead Green Gallery – February 23: 5–8 p.m. 1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Art Party 9 by SOLVENT at AMLI Galatyn Station – February 23: 8 p.m. – 12 p.m. 2301 Performance Dr., Richardson, TX 75082.

“Concentrations” by Edward Setina, and “Meander” by Paul Booker, at Cris Worley Fine Arts – February 23: 6-8 p.m. 1415 Slocum St, # 104, Dallas, TX 75207.

“Caroline Oliver” at Gallerie Noir – February 23: 5-9 p.m. 1525 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Drawings” by Theresa Chong, at the Holly Johnson Gallery – February 23: 6-8 p.m. 1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“See” at Laura Rathe Fine Art – February 23: 6-9 p.m. 1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Highlight” by Jay Shinn, at the Marty Walker Gallery – February 23: 6-8 p.m. 2135 Farrington Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Linear Language” by John Borys, Aubree Dale, Sandra Lara, Morton Rachovsky, Mary Tomas, and Blair Vaughn-Gruler, at the Mary Tomas Gallery – February 23: 6-9 p.m. 1110 Dragon Street, Suite 1080, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Layered (rev*er*ie)” by Julia Ousley, Sonya Berg, and Sara Frantz, at the Red Arrow Contemporary – February 23: 6-9 p.m. 1130 Dragon Street, Suite 110, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“EXPRESSIONS OF NATURE” by Lucrecia Waggoner, at the Samuel Lynne Galleries – February 23: 5-9 p.m. 1105 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“RICHARD HOGAN – A Retrospective” by Richard Hogen, at Smink Modern Living – February 23: 5-8 p.m. 1019 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

“Pushing The Photographic Envelope” by Dan Burkholder, at the Sun To Moon Gallery – February 23: 5-8 p.m. 1515 Levee Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Image at top: Tracy Holman, The Obvious ( from “Dallas, PUNK! 1976 – 1982” at Cohn Drennan Gallery)


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