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.