Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gallery Trip - Conduit Gallery

Visited several galleries today - first being Conduit where I saw Franco Mondini-Ruiz exhibition "The Powder Room: new paintings and porcelains" what a great exhbition. I have seen 1K+++ exhibitions in the last 15 years. This was a pleasant surprise for me.

Gallery Trip - Dallas Contemporary

2nd stop today was the Dallas Contemporary to see Joseph Havel's exhibiton "Two Sheets (To the Wind)". I have enjoyed Joe's work for so long that I am sorry that I didn't add anything of his to my collection many years ago. I guess that lately his work has seemed so automatic that I had lost interest. But this exhibition had a room of Modest Monuments that were a joy to see and experience. Anyway, glad I stopped by to see this show.

Gallery Trip - Barry Whistler and And/Or

My 3rd stop was at Barry Whistler Gallery where I saw Johnnie Winona Ross' exhibition "Deep Creek Seeps". I have liked Johnnie's work since I first saw it at Barry's in 2002. His work is definitely one that you should see in person. Had the opportunity to talk with Johnnie for a little bit. He produces about 14 paintings a year and he said that each painting takes about 4 months to complete. His work is similar to Agnes Martin if you only see his work in reproductions but in person it is very different.

My last stop was at And/OR to see Lily Hanson's exhibition. I like her work so much that it is difficult for me to even communicate why. I would have felt a little awkard asking to photograph a couple of pieces. My favorites, maybe I can ask for reproductions, were "it could also be different", "naturally, it doesn't do to be fussy", and "the lady luck".

All in all it was a great trip and there were some great surprises today.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

And/Or Show #19: Lily Hanson, opening reception October 24th, 6pm - 9pm

And/Or Gallery will present a solo show of works by Dallas-based artist Lily Hanson. Inspired by found objects and textiles, Lily Hanson creates soft sculptures that hover between abstraction and pop-culture. Using materials such as colored fabric, foam, wood and wire, Hanson’s sculptures inhabit tactile polarities. Hard is coupled with soft, colorful with muted, constructed with free-form, mirroring a similar dialog within the fashion industry. Hanson’s work evokes the complexities of our relationship with fashion, in both our reactions to clothing on a sensual level and its constructed nature. Hanson is in-part an installation artist, her sculptures are often grouped in clusters, draped on the walls, or resemble toy-like constructions planted around the gallery. Lily Hanson received her MFA from Southern Methodist University in 2000, she has exhibited in galleries and museum throughout Texas including UTD Central Track Residency, Conduit Gallery, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the 2007 Texas Biannual. Hanson was also a recipient of the Dozier Travel Grant given by the Dallas Museum of Art. Exhibition runs October 24 - December 6

Monday, October 6, 2008

Optical Project

I had the pleasure of visiting Bill Davenport's and Francesca Fuchs' new home, studio, and gallery while it was under construction a couple of times. Now, I need to get to Houston to see how it turned out. They have moved in and the first exhibiton just opened.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Jessica McCambly "The Moment After a Wave Crashes" opens Saturday, October 11th at VAL

As a continuation of her investigations and documentations of place and sentimentality via an abstracted and minimal vocabulary, the Visual Art League of Lewisville presents Jessica McCambly’s latest installation: The Moment After a Wave Crashes. The exhibition opens with a gallery talk by McCambly on Saturday, October 11th at 6pm followed by the opening reception at 7pm. The talk and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition ends on Saturday, November 15th.
This exhibition is based on observations of the ephemeral, rhythmic instances of waves crashing on the beach. McCambly began documenting these moments in 2006 on the beaches of Puerto Rico and its outer islands and has recently continued this research on the beaches of Southern California. The undulating shapes of hand-cut paper combine with cast shadows to suggest, on an exaggerated scale, the frothy sensuality of the moment.Originally from the North Shore of Boston, MA, Jessica McCambly lives and works in San Diego, CA. She earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design. During her time in Dallas, she also served as a member and officer at 500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest, artist-run gallery. Currently, McCambly is an Assistant Professor of Art at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, CA.Her large-scale works on paper and sculptures have been featured in exhibitions at local galleries such as Dunn and Brown Contemporary, And/ Or Gallery, 500X and Holly Johnson Gallery. McCambly’s work has also been shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Dallas Contemporary, The Garage Gallery in San Diego, CA and in the London Biennale.McCambly is a current member of the national artists collective Gimme Baby Robots and will be showing a series of sculptures and drawings based on the natural phenomenon of minus tides in an upcoming solo exhibition at IGLOO in Portland, OR.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pinky Diablo at VAL Fundraiser, Friday night October 3rd.

Pinky Diablo painted and painted and entertained at the annual VAL fundraiser.
Elaine Neinkamp with her original Pinky that she won during the raffle.