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Livening Up Dragon Street with
the Oh 6 Collective's Trunk Sale
Somehow summer gives permission to those so inclined to go out of the way with the way Dallas shows art. The Oh Six Collective's Trunk Show in the parking lot at 918 Dragon Street June 23, 2006 "featuring local artists and affordable art!" is a case in point.
The collective, comprising John Davenport, John Ryan Moore, Aqsa Shakil, Sara Ishii, Shelby Cunningham, Polly Perez, Kristen Macy, and Mighty Fine Arts and Plush gallery artists and owners plus guests put on a great little show in the heart of Dallas' latest commercial gallery district along Dragon Street in the industrial/design district across Stemmons Expressway from downtown Dallas, complete with loud music, kids and art.
I'd forgot about the trunk show and was mindlessly tripping from commercial gallery to commercial gallery taking photographs in and out their windows, of gallery goers and the amazing light along the street, when we happened upon the rock 'n roll and people spilling out of the parking lot parked with vans and trucks and people and art.
Pickup bed of art. Now that I know whose art this is, I wish I'd paid more attention to the work and less to photographing it. I'm a big fan of Rosemary's work, except maybe her pubic hair drawings. Now I'm kicking myself. What an opportunity missed.
Always nice to see old friends. Charlie's space gathered a bunch of old friends as well as people I don't know. Art at the collective's parking lot show was cheap, and a lot of artists and others left with some.
Not all the names in this display are in focus, but those that I can read include Eric Doeringer, third from left on the cloth spilling out the back. Then around the side of the van are Teresa O'Connor, Michael Wynne and Robert Moore.
Along the bottom of the brown paper display area it says, "Small $20 Medium $30 Large $40."
I didn't see the sign — "NOT TRASH!" I just saw an open display of catch as catch can art for an odd little photograph. Anna saw art and the sign, and bought the screen on the left. For $5. If I'd been paying a little more attention, I might have liked the the vivid colors on black near the middle. It's hard to go wrong with $5 art.
Anna said Plush owner Randall Garrett said he had been thinking about doing a gallery installation with those same pieces.
Again, no sign, but this looks suspiciously like MFA gallery owner Steve Cruz' paintings on the orange hood of a red truck, car, vehicle...
The whole show reminded me mightily of notices of fictitious "North Dallas" art exhibitions a certain artist used to sneak into the DallasArtsRevue calendar. Those were supposedly vans and reckvees full of fine art ready to be driven off. No one ever seemed to get the joke, but here in the Dragon Street Art District, a similar venue fits right in, seemed natural. Definitely for real.
Old Art in Americas, Art Newses, art books, Argus 300 projector, sugar bowl, cream pitcher and a Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow cassette
It's summer. It's hot. People are dressed comfy and oddly willing to stand out on porches and gab.
We've done Dragon Street several times since Craighead Green gallery moved in a couple years ago. First new gallery into the area was Conduit. There's a bunch already there. If Dallas has a real arts district, this is it. That thing downtown is definitely not THE Dallas arts district.
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