Image from Two Story

5 Art Picks For Your Weekend

This weekend sees the Deep Ellum Art Walk, as well as an intriguing exhibition at The Safe Room Gallery, a tribute to Robert Winter, and more.

Representin’for Funkytown at CentralTrak Sept. 18, 7 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226.

Artist Christopher Blay will be in conversation with Fort Worth Weekly’s Anthony Mariani, discussing Blay’s latest exhibition at CentralTrak as well as art in Funkytown Fort Worth. Over on Glasstire, Christina Rees writes about Blay’s latest work. Check it out.

 

A City Under the Influence, Vol. 2 at Ash Studios — Sept. 18 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 3203 Ash Ln. Dallas, TX 75226.

From our write up: Each event in the “City Under the Influence” series highlights several influential creative individuals who are helping shift Dallas culture towards an equitable and vibrant city. The “Influentials” tell their story, and present new/existing projects at the “A City Under The Influence” event. Attendees vote for their favorite project, and the winning project will receive half of the door as a seed grant. Various musicians and artists are on board to help round out the evening of music and art. Throw in some complimentary cocktails and you have an event worthy of your presence.

 

Two Story at The Safe Room Gallery — Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75208.

In the last scene of John Cassavetes’ Faces, an estranged married couple that has been through hell and are not quite back sit on a stairwell smoking cigarettes in silence. They are at an seemingly insurmountable impasse in their relationship. Then, the wife gets up and begins moving up and down the stairs, stepping over her husband and getting on with their tattered, inevitable life. I thought of this image when I read the description of the film by Frank Mosley and Lee Luna, Two Story, that will exhibit at the Texas Theatre’s Safe Room Gallery this weekend. In it, two people weave in and out of rooms in a two story loft, never speaking, and silently establishing a strained and ambiguous relationship. In the Mosley and Luna film, the exploration seems to remain fixed on the implications of bodies in space, and how the experience of both spaces and bodies leave lingering impressions. “The ambiguity of their relationship forces the viewer to question the meaning of their presence in the home, as well as the cyclical nature of relationships in specific spaces,” the event’s write-up states. Reading that made me think of something else, a line from Karl Ove Klaussgaard’s My Struggle, in which he describes the nauseating nature of routine in contemporary life, the “prefabricated nature of the days in this world. . . the rails of routine . . . which made everything so predictable that we had to invest in entertainment to feel any hint of intensity.” Anyway, just two random associations. It sounds like Mosley and Luna are up to something interesting, and accolades from the Sidewalk Film Festival and the Dallas Museum of Art attest to it. In other words, entertainment worth investing in.

 

16th Annual Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk at various locations — Sept. 20, 2-8 p.m. 2630 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75226.

If you’ve been consistently hitting the galleries over the past few weeks, there’s not a ton of new work up in the Deep Ellum neighborhood heading into this weekend’s annual art walk. Still, with everything open and festive, this is a great excuse to hit anything you’ve missed. Participating galleries include: 500x Gallery, Barry Whistler Gallery, Beefhaus, CentralTrak: the UT Dallas Artists Residency, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Kettle Art Gallery, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Mokah Gallery, The Power Station, The Public Trust, Rachel Nash Gallery, and WAAS Gallery.

 

 

A Transfer of Spirit: a selection of artists who studied with Roger Winter at Kirk Hopper Fine Art — Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3008 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226.

Stalwart Southern Methodist University painting instructor Roger Winter will be honored for 40 years in the classroom with an exhibition that brings together the work of some of his many successful pupils, including John Alexander, David Bates, Brian Cobble, Ana Corberó, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Laurie Hickman Cox, Suzanne Kelley Clark, Stephen Mueller, Gail Norfleet, Dan Rizzie, and Kathy Windrow.

 

THURSDAY

Exclusive Preview of Art 21 at the Texas Theater (Hosted by The Goss-Michael Foundation) — Sep 18, 7-12 p.m. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75208.

Representin’for Funkytown at CentralTrak— Sept. 18, 7 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226.

A City Under the Influence, Vol. 2 at Ash Studios — Sept. 18 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 3203 Ash Ln. Dallas, TX 75226.

FRIDAY

Fall Block Party 2014 at Dallas Arts District — Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Harwood & Flora St. Dallas, TX 75201.

Two Story at The Safe Room Gallery — Sept. 19, 6-9 p.m. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75208.

Tech Talk: The Joan Davidow Collection at Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building at UT Dallas — Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080.

Thor Johnson: Photos from the State Fair at Midway Gallery — Sept. 19, 8-10 p.m. 3809 Parry Ave. #107 Dallas, TX 75226.

SATURDAY

DADA Fall Gallery Walk at various locations — Sept. 20, 12-8 p.m. 3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204.

16th Annual Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk at various locations — Sept. 20, 2-8 p.m. 2630 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75226.

Birdcage by Sharon Bode Messimer at Davis Foundry Gallery — Sept. 20, 6-10 p.m. 509 W. Davis St. Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75208.

Neon Therapy by Clay Stinnett at Mighty Fine Arts — Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m. 409A N Tyler St. Dallas, TX 75208.

Midtown ARTwalk at Gallery at MIDTOWN — Sept. 20 6-10 p.m. 13331 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75240.

A Transfer of Spirit: a selection of artists who studied with Roger Winter at Kirk Hopper Fine Art — Sept. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 3008 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226.

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