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Small Sculpture in Texas ©1993, 2000 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.  

Bus Stop & Beyond

Some visions persist. Below are some of my favorite local art and artists from the last six months or so of producing a thrice-weekly arts news, views and reviews show on KNON-FM via The Dallas Arts Kazoo.

Greg Metz and Julie Bennett's Bus Stop at ArtWalk '85 is memorable. At ground level, flat black truckstop furniture stood on a danger striped floor.

Above, a fat rooster-filled chicken coop was surrounded by day-glowing illegible orange 3-D graffitos. 'Farewell to Spring Chickens," part of it said. On top was an artist's palette.
The gaudy collaborative project was completed Saturday afternoon. But late that night, high winds and crashing thunderstorms smashed the piece, and set the still-live chickens free.

Julie Bennett's lithe, electric glowing neon arcs, ascending spirals and soaring steel abstracts are eye candy, sculpture your soul can dance to. They were too delicate for the Theater Gallery's rough crowd last winter, but beautiful at Art In the Metroplex last spring.

Original Texas sculptures dotted Dallas' urban landscape during the Texas Sculpture Symposium spring and summer of '85. A few of the mixed lot of local sculpture remain, but we always need more. TSS's lectures, panels, discussions and tours were imaginative, well-attended and densely informative.

Beautifully evocative, painted wood constructions by the late Betty Parsons were exquisite, small-scale polychromed wood sculptures, almost hidden on the wall in the back room at Nimbus mid June.

Spare and vulnerable human-scale fiber sculptures by Waynett King Davis were at Conduit in July. Made of heavily starched cloth, her flower-like freestanding animal and human shapes remind me of snakes slithering out of their former selves. Her work writhes and dances in organically-textured ambisexual fibers, wrapped on aluminum wire armatures.

A science fair of abstract shapes comprised FWAM (Fort Worth Art Museum)'s The Third Dimension: Sculpture of the New York School.

Christi Pate's site-specific colored reflected light installation shimmered in the cool columnar cement gray darkness of DW Gallery till early August.

Happy, luminous watercolors, painted furniture and fantasy constructions by Barbara Bell and Pamela Nelson and Arleigh Stark's aggressive yet poignant human gouaches were at Clifford mid August.

The beautiful, curvi-cylindrical hand rail on the northwest side of the Herling Building, 3200 Main Street has art written all over it, in intense polymorphic gray practical simplicity. Designed and produced by Jim Cinquemani, the beautiful, tubular rail leads to the offices of James Pratt Architects at 101 Trunk, near the tracks in eastern Deep Elm.

originally written for the 
Dallas Arts Kazoo on KNON radio,
later published in 
Dallas Arts Revue #14,
July 1985 


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