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Big As Night
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Opportunity to show your work at the next Big Night
Big As Night was as much about interior space real estate as art. More maybe. But the art it was about was noteworthy. More than just real estate texture. Pushing some envelopes and some buttons. Kiting others in the wind.
The artists selected to participate in making the up- and down-stairs front and back spaces on the southwest corner of Tyler and Davis in Oak Cliff, on the left side going down the one-way — look like artists' studios hewed a jagged line through the frontal lobe of contemporary art marking a bleeding edge through naughty, nice, strange, strained and absurd, mixing ugly and beautiful, always choosing the outer edges —
Although some of the more odd, if not outrageous, room and suite decor was left over by a graphics art firm and other former tenants.
Decor in a hurry with depth and a spectrum of textures. Stuff out back couldn't tell if it was part of the deal or just there.
Doors open for perusal. Dark predominated the mini tour of empty space wrapped around a tax office promising cash returns and Mighty Fine Arts. Few bright rooms.
Interlaced with carnival colors, strung lights and wicked senses of art and humor, maybe a little madness. Lotta talent in low light.
Who chose, and why these artists, and how fast it took to put it all together might have been a fun video. I imagine fast-forward paint going on, texture in strategic places, art in all those quick easy tradition-crushing display modes — just pin it to the wall and Plex it over. And we wern't there early but watched some installation, layering more density yet better, richer. Missed the performance.
The artists are of a certain flavor. Insiders who work in directions different from most, outside the ken, edgy artists selling real estate with individual flair and a feeling for community. All comfy, easy for conversation and joining in. Ersatz art talk circles everywhere.
I told Steve Cruz (MFA director and the instigator of all this) I'd been quietly hoping for an Oak Cliff tour ever since Drive-By Shooting some years ago. Lately thinking it might actually be possible. Then came word of Big As Night. Didn't know what it was from the PR, but I couldn't miss it. No idea what to expect. Better than I could have hoped. Artists from all over Dallas. Doing strange things in two and three dimensions.
All in easy walking and up and down stairs into and through interlocking spaces. Bumping into old friends and seeing art by people I'd seen at alternate spaces before and some I'd never heard of before. A great tour without getting lost between stops.
They call those humongous biannual activities dealers associations have that involve every possible art space for miles around Art Walks, but nobody could ever. Here, you could, did. Natural, like walking down to the corner, noticing something in a window and going in to look. Obvious. Easy.
Art and installations by Veronica De Anda, David Bacon, Brennen Bechtol, Iris Bustillos, Lou Chapman, Ken Craft, Steve Cruz, Shelby Cunningham, John Hartley, Omar Hernandez, Simeen Ishaque, Brian Jones, Jon Lawrence, Tina Medina, Charly Mitcherson, Harmony Padgett, Polly Perez, Joe Riley, Brian Scott, Erik Tosten, Susan Whitmer and Eve Zangaro with ...
A stage in the rectangle, but we missed the play, though characters in costumes walked around loose.
... Brennen Bechtol's Art Truck featuring White Trash Delight, and Pajama Party @ The Clubhouse curated by Robert Moore with Val Curry, Randall Garrett, Robert Moore, Michael Wynne and Jason Villegas.
The event was one-night-only from 411 North Tyler 6-10 pm, Saturday September 23, 2006, and there was some interest in renting some spaces and a possible other building nearby that could use a little celebration, but I'm glad for one big night of indie art.
DallasArtsRevue Members have been invited to participate in the next Big Night October 28 (yes, soon! later this month) in the same studios next to MFA gallery. If you are not yet a member, but have been thinking about it, and you'd like the opportunity to sell or show your best work in this popular venue, here's your chance.
Email the publisher to let me know you're becoming a member this week, send a check for $75 (or more) made out to J R Compton — don't mention the publlication or my bank won't accept it; we can photograph your work for your page on site, and you can show in this yet-unnamed one-night-only exhibition.
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