Artist Sam Schonzeit says he took the title of this show, which includes iPhone photos of natural settings, manipulated, obstructed, or obscured, from a line in Lars von Trier’s film Antichrist. The result is an attempt to force a similar tension between the individual, in this case the artist, and his attempts to manipulate, impose, enforce, and dominate his surroundings. Curious biographical detail: Schonzeit, who now lives in Marfa, grew up in Soho across the street from Donald Judd.
The work of Michael Mazurek, who has shown as recently as last December at Oliver Francis Gallery, may prove a suitable complement to Minnesota-based artist Justin Quinn. In their own way, both artists approach to ideas about narrative, fixation, erasure, and the relation between intrinsic and exterior meanings in the work of art. The show is rounded out by the more lighthearted Bret Stewart in the project room whose work incorporates found objects and old toys in fashioned satires.
This is the Russian born, Pennsylvania-dwelling artist Anna Bogatin’s first solo show at Holly Johnson, though you may remember her work from the gallery’s On Drawing group show last summer. There’s a meditative quality to the work, similar to Agnes Martin, in which a meticulously rendered, minimalist aesthetic suggests a transcendental, almost spiritual resonance.
One of my art regrets of 2013 was missing Travis LaMothe’s exhibition at That That. In keeping with The Reading Room’s textual interest, the artist, who recently received his M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University, will exhibit work here that explores the interaction between words, objects, and architecture.
The latest exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary looks to be another of the museum’s hot, wet messes. Among the five new shows, I’m most curious to see Les Miserables, a self-described “post conceptual” exhibition organized by Dallas Contemporary director Peter Doroshenko.
Here are all of the weekend’s events and openings:
NEXT TOPIC: “Go Cowboys – A history of public education” at CentralTrak – January 9, 7 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, Texas 75226
Float, presented by Rhombi Survivor at Kettle Art – January 9, 7 p.m. 2650-B Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75226
Nature is the Devil’s Church by Sam Schonzeit at RE Gallery – January 10, 6:15-9 p.m. 1717 Gould Street, Dallas, Texas 75215
Vocalist Lliy Tayor with video projections by Sean Miller at Oliver Francis Gallery – January 10, 7:30 p.m. 209 S. Peak Street, Dallas, Texas 75226
Justin Quinn, Michael Mazurek, and Bret Stewart at Conduit Gallery – January 11, 6-8 p.m. 1626 Hi Line Dr. #C, Dallas, Texas 75207
Wanderings, by Anna Bogatin at Holly Johnson Gallery — January 11, 6-8 p.m. 1411 Dragon Street in Dallas, Texas 75207.
JR, Les Miserables, Lavish, Arthur Pena, Paula Crown at The Dallas Contemporary — January 11, 9 p.m.-midnight. 161 Glass Street Dallas Texas 75207.
Crass: reflections on the necessities of commodification by Travis LaMothe at The Reading Room — January 11, 6-9 p.m. 3715 Parry Ave., Dallas, TX 75226.
New York City at PDNB Gallery — January 11, 5-8 p.m. 1202 Dragon Street Ste. 103, Dallas, TX 75207
Art to Go! at Galleri Urbane — January 11, 5-9 p.m. 2277 Monitor St., Dallas, Tx. 75207
Negative Capability, curated by Apophenia Underground at Red Arrow Contemporary – January 11, 6-9 p.m. 1130 Dragon St. Suite 110, Dallas, Texas 75208
Zero Degrees Celsius by Adela Andea at Cris Worley Fine Arts – January 11, 6-8 p.m. 1415 Slocum St, #104, Dallas, Texas 75207
Measured Indifference by Jay Hendrick at Cohn Drennan Contemporary — January 11, 6-8 p.m. 1107 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas TX
Believe It Anyway by Paul Bryan at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary — January 11, 6 p.m. 120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204
Multiple Openings at 500x Gallery — January 11, 7-10 p.m. 500x Exposition Ave, Dallas, Texas 75226
Susan Sales, Pearl Dick, and Thom Jackson at Craighead Green — January 11, 5-8 p.m. 1011 Dragon St. Dallas, TX 75207.