Saturday, December 31, 2011

BS studio visit.

Stopped by Bruce Schiefelbein's studio on the last day of the year to see what he's been up to.  Bruce was just started working on his "After Picasso" work for a group show at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York next summer.  Artists were invited to submit a 12x9 painting of a work of art from MOMA's collection. More Later.

 Bruce working on the second of the studies he will use for his small painting.

The first "After Picasso" study.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Tony Cragg at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Visited the Tony Cragg exhibition "Seeing Things" at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas today.  The exhibition space was overcrowded which was surprising for a museum of this caliber.  The work was polished and ready for that corporate installation.

McCormack, 2007, bronze

L to R: Runner, 2009, bronze.  Early Forms, 1993, bronze

Sinbad, 2000, bronze

Tony Cragg
"Seeing Things"
through January 8, 2012
Dallas, Texas

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Barry Whistler Gallery - Lawrence Lee & Jonathan Cross

Made it out to Barry Whistler late Saturday afternoon to see the latest work by Lawrence Lee and to have an opportunity to meet Jonathan Cross.

Lawrence Lee's Bokers

Jonathan Cross' Plane Forms

Barry Whistler Gallery     2909-B Canton Street     Dallas, TX     75226     214.939.0242 
December 3, 2011 - January 7, 2012   

Saturday, December 3, 2011

master format - michael mazurek @ Oliver Francis Gallery

It seems to be Michael Mazurek's year.  This is the 4th exhibition this year alone that I have seen his work.  This time at the new Oliver Francis Gallery which also has a promising future.

Tree stand in the slaughter room. 

 (I don't kow the title) Fast Cars, video

Kevin Ruben Jacobs, an art student at UTA, opened Oliver Francis Gallery on Peak Street near Deep Ellum last July.  The gallery, is an experimental 1,000 square-foot art space that shows current work and projects by local artists that engages, challenges and pushes boundaries. 

Oliver Francis Gallery
+1 817 879 8231

*by appointment  - Call, don't let the "by appointment" keep you from calling.

209 S. Peak St.
Dallas, Texas 75226

Monday, November 28, 2011

+ Bloom, a new sculpture by Val Curry
+ Josh Elliott: Self-Portraits
November 19 - December 17, 2011

Visited Plush Gallery today to see Daniel Kurt's exhibition.  Daniel is one of Plush's promising young artists to keep an eye on.

Untitled, 2009, acrylic and fabric on MDF - this is my favorite
What Has Happened to My Son, 2010, acrylic and marker on wood
Untitled, 2011, acrylic and collage on wood w/paper
Blue Painting, 2011, acrylic on canvas w/wood, ink on paper

I Lovett, altered ledger book

Plush Gallery
918 Dragon Street • Dallas TX 75207 • 214-915-0925 •

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bruce Nauman

Love Bruce Nauman's Work - this was from my visit to the National Gallery in 2010

and the Tate in London, 1996.
The Tate exhibition was mostly video works that tested most anyone's will to see an entire length of any one of them.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Visited Michael Wynne's Studio

Had an opportunity to visit my friend and artist Michael Wynne at his studio in Kirvin, Texas.  If you are not familiar with Michael's work, he pushes the envelope on several fronts in what appears to be several styles.   Michael's work is the story of his life from school, farmer, gallery representation, museum exhibitions, to stay at home father and now creating works influenced by his surroundings in Kirvin.  

Pissing Calvin paintings, the large yellow paintings

Recent small works on canvas with "Brush Muscle" neon

I first saw the rubber stamp paintings in 1999 at Richland College and they have stuck with me since.  I was very anxious and excited to revisit these paintings.  I was just as captivated this time as in 1999. I will never tire of seeing these small paintings and hope to have more opportunites.  What looks like a nice little monochromatic minimal painting becomes something completely different as you approach it. You are either laughing out loud or steaming mad and offended as you stomp away. Either way, if you appreciate art, this is art to experience in person.

Abscess (9/12/09), house paint, acrylic, pencil on canvas, 6' x 4' (photo by Michael Wynne)

This was also my first opportunity to see Michael's other work in person.  Today, Abscess, was my favorite of the larger paintings.  This is one of the "Pissing Calvin" paintings that turns pop art on its head and one that I have thought a lot about.  If you have never been in Kirvin, Texas and this was my first visit, you will be taken aback as I was.  The town appeared to me to be disappearing.  In my mind I felt this was a painting of Kirvin, Texas.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Love Come Down

A friend and I saw the extraordinary installations of Stephen Lapthisophon, Michael Mazurek and Jesse Morgan Barnett entitled "Love Come Down" at 301 Toronto Street in a deserted West Dallas warehouse.  Take time to see these installations before the exhibition closes.  Check the link to contact the artists.

Stephen Lapthisophon
"On the Nature of the Deictic (Why I Write Such Good Books)", 2011
Light fixtures, power cords, latex, spray paint, potatoes, salt, radio, casket, flour, shirt, hanger, ladder, bricks and dirt.

"Structure for Looking at Directions of a Ripe Old Age", 2011
Bird bath, wood, garden bust, neon light, power cords, fluorescent tubes and fixtures, milkfish, glasses, white gypsum cement, paper towels, plastic, clamps, spray paint, palm tree carcass, parking block, water

Michael Mazurek
"Arrangement and Classification of Building Materials", 2011
Lumber, PVC tarps, weed barrier fabric, work lamp, DVD projection

Aaron Parazette

Visited Aaron Parazette's exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary today.  I still like the wallpaper works of the 90's the best. 

For Aaron Parazette's exhibition at Dallas Contemporary, 25 September - 4 December 2011,
he is exhibiting a combination of new and recent paintings along with a large-scale, site-specific wall painting. Parazette employs the formula of formalist painting through text imagery.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Eric Doeringer @ Plush Gallery

Made it to Plush Gallery on Friday to see Brooklyn based artist Eric Doeringer's "COWBOYS" exhibition.  An exhibition of photographs inspired by Richard Prince's "Cowboy" series.  Another exhibition @ Plush that should not be missed.

 Installation of Bootleg works

Bootleg Ed Ruscha books 

Bootleg Richard Prince Joke painting 

Bootleg Damien Hirst Dot painting

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crazywood Craziness

I changed my travel plans on Friday, October 14th in order to catch Brush Muscle's exhibition at Crazywood in Huntsville.  I stopped by the gallery at 9:30am (weekday gallery hours are 9am to 5pm) after receiving assurance that the gallery would be open and it was confirmed by the gallery owner.  Well, I wasn't surprised the gallery was closed when I showed up well after the gallery should have been open.  Very disappointing.  I was disappointed that I could not see Brush Muscle's work in person instead of reproductions.

My suggestion to my friends in Brush Muscle is to be more selective where you show your work.  And my suggestion to a gallery -  even if it is an amature gallery such as Crazywood - be open during your posted hours.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Brad Tucker

One of my favorite artists.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Forrest Bess - 100 Years exhibition catalog

Forrest Bess: 100 years

Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Dallas, Texas
Paintings by Forrest and his friends Chris Martin, Andrew Masullo and Chuck Webster
October 1-23, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Brush Muscle

My good friend Michael Wynne half of the collabrative team of Brush Muscle along with Andy Don Emmons are currently featured in an exhibition at Crazywood Art and Movement Center in Huntsville, Texas.

Photo from Brush Muscle FB page.  

I will post more photos once I get to Huntsville later this week.


Visited Webb Gallery in Waxahachie today, with a great friend, to see the latest exhibition.  The exhibition included photos by Bill Daniel & Dottie Love, drawings and paintings by William S. Burroughs, Hector Alonzo Benavides, & Alice Leora Briggs, letterpress prints by Dirk Fowler, and vintage gothic paintings, photos, and bottle whimseys. 

 William S. Burroughs' work

 Webb Gallery

Dottie Love photos

If you haven't, take a trip to Waxahachie and spend a couple of hours in this wonderful art environment.  You won't be sorry.

Monday, September 19, 2011

World's largest cast iron statue

Vulcan overlooking the city where I was born, Birmingham, Alabama.  Vulcan is the world's largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Moretti and cast from local iron in 1904.  

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bill Davenport And the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs at the MAC

Arrived at Bill's opening at the MAC as they opened the doors to get a few pictures.   Bill was one of the first artists to show at the MAC when it opened in 1994 and this time he has the large exhibition space to himself.  The 6 pop/kitsch inspired and mostly oversized pieces completely fill the space.   

in the MAC lobby - Swiss Cheese, 2011, polyurethane foam and acrylic paint

LtoR: Strawberry, 2011, painted ferroconcrete. Big Owl, 2011, paper mache over steel. Nopale, 2011, paper mache over steel 

Moldy Cheese, 2011, polyurethane foam and acrylic paint. Stein, 2009, ceramic

Don't miss this opportunity to see Bill's exhibition at The MAC -
September 17- October 22

3120 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204
Gallery and Shop Hours
Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bill Davenport And the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs at the MAC

One of my very favorite artists working today!

Bill Davenport and the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs

Part roadside attraction, part excavation, Bill Davenport fills the large gallery with specimens unearthed from contemporary mass society. Inspired by Harry Burton’s photographs of the King Tutankamun excavation, the Houston based artist utilizes steel, paper mache and found objects to presume the chaos and mysticism of ordinary man’s treasures.  Exhibition was curated by Charles Dee Mitchell. 

Bill Davenport is a Houston based artist who holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He works as a contributing editor for Glasstire and a freelance art critic for the Houston Chronicle. Bill has been exhibited in over 60 exhibitions beginning his career as a resident at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the 1991 Core Fellows Exhibition and most recently at the Inman Gallery in Houston and the Angstrom Gallery in Dallas.

Exhibition opens this coming Saturday at 6pm - Don't Miss It!