show makes the Comtemp look utterly
contemporary. Moving images, light and dark
spaces, glowing floors and amazingly animated textures. Fascinating.
But more visually interesting, really, than actual art. Lotta
video, lotta differing textures, techniques, but art? Not
sure about that. I do like the octagonical flask spinning
with unsuspended dirt-like particles over where those people
Oh, sure, it's art, but here the tech reigns, and it's all
sorta empty on the soul level. - J R Compton
Pictures : digital paintings - at the Dallas Center for Contemporary
art with Cory Arcangel, Mary Benedicto, Robert Flower,s Max Kazemzadeh,
Justin Kidd, Demian LaPlante, Karen Mahaffy, Casey Reas, Paul Slocum
and Dean Terry, curated by John Pomara, Dean Terry and Joan Davidow through
December 23, 2005
Sarah Maxwell English, Mirka Hokkanen and Erik Tosten downstairs
and Garland Fielder and Jeff Mueller upstairs at 500X through
December 4, 2005
Wall Cube, 2005
paint and wood
Garland Fielder - Necker Cube Variation at 500X
playful, text-based graphic art by Jeff Mueller
(below) and Garland Fielder's large dimension-bending and smaller
geometric pieces hidden like Easter Eggs around the gallery,
make 500X' Upstairs show both a fun and thought-provoking winner
in the long tradition of smile art at that independent gallery.
Diane Sikes - untitled, World Book Encyclopedia
1971— altered book, 2005
in the Members Room off the hall downstairs at 500X (See below.)
Ripped, shredded, taped, contructed
and deconstructed — all kinds of marvelous little text
and textures, even a strong hint of contextual meanings, formal,
informal, topical and topographical. Nice chunk of art. — JRC
500X Members' Show 2005 with
Jen, Brad, Mirka, David, Sarah, Erik, Simeen, Garland, Tara, Jim, Tina
and Veronica upstairs, and New Yorkers Lance Dehné and Lisa Mordhorst
upstairs, through September 25.
Always nice to find
an artist who blows us away, tornadoing expectations. We'd always
rather find Dallas, or at least Texas artists at experimental local venues
like the X, especially since they've been AWOL the summer, but New
Yorker Lance Dehné's whimsical, inventive, stylish work is
amazing in color and grayscale, too, if overpriced for the venue,
though not for the work. Upstairs is still way too hot, but Lance's
work makes it cool. -JRC
Art in the Metroplex through early October 2005 at
Oddly enough, my photographs
(one each) are in two shows now. AiM and the The
A rare event — I don't enter that many shows and get in fewer.
When I delivered work
to each, I was handed a stack of invitational
postcards, neither of which had either my or anybody else in
either show's name or art on them, and both entailed postal difficulties.
AiM show postcard was big, thin and floppy (the sort the Post Office
loves to maul, not mail) and required First Class postage, and the
other, says "postage
paid," but wasn't.
Worse, the image on the
AiM invitation is always the winner of last year's show, so even
that single image and name mention is not of this show. You'd think they'd
want to promote the artists, and an invitation would sure mean more to
us if our names were on it, despite the quick deadline from jury selection
to printing, although it might be un-PC to pick just one.
Still, it's nice to have
recent work (three nights before delivery
on the WRLAST blur and way
last May in the long-deadlined AiM) in
shows — it pads the exhibition
resume and helps prove my bona fides for editing this pixelated
I was hardly the only
one to bring very recent work. The oil was still wet on Richard
Ray's painting (above), and I suspect others were
a little dribbly. Several of the pieces delivered to AiM were in piles
and boxes, with installation instructions, and Fred Spaulding's tower wasn't
complete till the next week.
gangbusters fun to be on the inside of art shows sometimes, instead
of just lurking along the edges in
critic mode. -JRC
Legends Competition Fixed
The Dallas Center
for Contemporary Art announces its Contemporary Legends 2005 honorees
who have demonstrated extraordinary talent, commitment, and generosity
Texas. Three recipients are nominated for their contributions as
artist, professional, and arts patron. This year's honorees are artist
Pomara, arts professional Janet Kutner and arts patrons Margueriteand
Robert Hoffman, who will be honored at Contemporary Legends 2005 on Thursday,
September 8 at The Dallas Contemporary.
I've often wondered about this thing. Now, with this
selection of this artist, I'm pretty sure.
The nominating process is secret. The ballot is secret.
If there's any voting going on, that's a secret, too. Who votes is another
secret. When the results are announced, how whoever got those results is
a big secret. No part of the process is public in any way, before or during.
Until the publicity comes out after all the secrets above. Suddenly, that's public.
Of course, the public gets to
pay to get into to the big whoop “winners” celebration,
which I understand is grand fun, especially if you're one of the winners.
And we get to go to the solo
show of the artist winner.
Who decides who wins? We all know, of course. But
nothing is announced about those procedings nor how many votes any individual
gets. No tally. No preannouncement of the official nominees. No voting process that I have
ever heard of or about.
Not to say the recipients aren't
worthy. Most usually are. Most have been. This artist very definitely
is. Probably most will
be. But if you ask me, The Contemporary Legends Selection Process is
Michael Collins, Harry Geffert, Terrell James, Sharon Kopriva, Pamela Nelson
and Dan Rizzie at Gerald Peters through July 9
Pamela Nelson's untitled pattern multiple
So nice to see Ms Nelson
resplendant again with the bright, colorful patterns that helped establish
her major 80s career. She was lost in dreary, serious, nearly unsellable
abstraction far too long. Welcome back to the fun Pam Nelson of such
a long time ago. Now, if she'll bring her marvelous, sly, sense of humor
back to her art, she'll have gone full circle, ending up on top. -JRC
The Bodycomb Show
is already down at Mulcahy Modern, and it was the best show of
fresh paint by a local around here in a long time.
Went by Pan
American again today — sweet show.
Peters has some
beautiful Ansel Adams. Herry Geffert's cast paper es muy unique & Michael
Collins' painted photos stood out in a nice
I haven't looked
into the Goss Gallery across from Peters,
which has its first show up right now. Kenny Goss, the director
(and boyfriend of rock star George Michael) says, "We really
need a gallery that isn't affraid to step out and do something
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Watching Robert Jessup's
paintings at Conduit through June 10, 2005, of human vignettes is like
making up stories about people you meet. We know these people and their
stories, they are a part of us, despite their little pecadillos and peculiarities.