Monday, April 18, 2011

The Gun & Knife Show

April 30 through June 4, 2011

Opening: April 30, 2011 - 6–8 pm

Including Texas artists Nick Barbee, Katrina Moorehead, Faith Gay, Sterling Allen, Charles Hancock, Lance Letscher, Tom Sale, Camp…, William S. Burroughs, Dan Phillips, Margaret Meehan, William Gaynor, Joshua Saunders, Alexandre Rosa, Taro-kun, and Leon Allesi. Curated by Heyd Fontenot (of the naked people portraits). This should be a good one. Participating in the 2011 Texas Biennial.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Latest exhibition at Plush

We stopped by Plush on Saturday to check out the latest offering from Randall Garrett.  The exhibition included Mark Todd "Comic Book Paintings" and a group exhibition including gallery artists Brandon Behning, Daniel Kurt, Ben Utigard, Celia Eberle, C.J. Davis and Brian Ryden.

Mark Todd works on paper
LtoR: Egg, Eagle Rock, and Double Issue

Brandon Behning
LtoR: Jim Jam, Buff and Green, Orange Box, Peteus, and on shelf  Ray Gun Laser.

Nice surprise of wonderful drawings by Daniel Kurt.

Stacey's favorite works were by Ben Utigard of New Mexico.
I liked the flower like piece and she liked Stuck.

The exhibition runs through May 14th

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mark Todd at Plush Gallery

Prsents well-known Los Angeles based illustrator and fine artist Mark Todd will open his first solo show at the gallery on Saturday April 16th.  He will be showing a new body of comic book remix paintings and collages, as a prelude to his upcoming summer solo show at La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles.

Raised in Las Vegas in the 1970s, Todd's work makes use of and subverts the pop superficiality of our culture, to address heavier topics such as mortality, remembrance, loss, and the passage from childhood fantasy to adult reality. Works such as "Green Thor" depict upended super-heroes, landscapes populated by disembodied ghosts, and subtle yet biting takes on imagery from his youth.

Todd graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and is an in-demand illustrator for such national publications as Rolling Stone, GQ, Business Week, Los Angeles Times, and Mtv, among many others. He has been featured in numerous group exhibitions nationally, and in solo shows at La Luz de Jesus and Billy Shire Fine Arts in Los Angeles. Todd is currently curating an exhibition at Giant Robot in San Francisco.

Opening concurrently will be Gallery Artists Group Show, featuring work in various media by six Plush artists, including Brandon Behning of Santa Fe, C.J. Davis and Brian Ryden of Dallas, Celia Eberle of Ennis, Texas, and newcomers Daniel Kurt of Commerce, Texas and Ben Utigard of Española, New Mexico.

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

gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-5 pm and by appointment

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Moody Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair

Had a chance to visit with Better, Lee and Clint Wilbour at Moody Gallery on Saturday morning.  Moody featured most or all of their artists.  

 On the wall, Helen Altman works on paper and Michael Kennaugh - center

 Al Sousa art on the wall and David Ireland sculptures on the shelf.

Jim Love

Monday, April 11, 2011

David Shelton Gallery at Suite Art Fair

Happiness is Expensive, 2009 by Alejandro Diaz and untitled work on paper by Vincent Valdez

The Clearing, 2010, animated video by Joey Fauerso

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Plush at the Suite Art Fair

Visited Plush Gallery's room at the Suite Art Fair today.  The Belmont Hotel is an awesome mid-century hotel that has one of the best views of Downtown Dallas.

C.J. Davis' new work.

Works by Ben Utigard, Peter Ligon and Brian Ryden.

Works by Brandon Behning, Celia Eberle, C.J. Davis, Daniel Kurt, Val Curry and Mark Todd.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Favorite works from the Dallas Art Fair

 T.R. Ericsson at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio

 Bernar Venet at William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, Mo.

Chris Sauter at Cueto Project, NY, NY 

Mimmo Paladino at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM.

Inman Gallery at the Dallas Art Fair

Visited the Dallas Art Fair today and most of my favorite galleries were participating.  The knockout work for me was Yuko Murata's at Inman Gallery. 

Yuko Murata, slow dance, 2010 oil on canvas, 13-1/8 x 9-1/2 inches

This painting was my absolute favorite of everything I saw at the Fair.

Yuko Murata was born in Kangawa, Japan and studied at the Tokyo Art School, Setsu Mode Seminar, graduating in 1995.  She presently lives and works in Tokyo.  Murata consistently depicts either semi-abstract landscapes conspicuously absent of figure, or one or two animals placed within a landscape.

Kerry and Patrick - thanks for sharing this wonder work!

Bill's Junk Shop at Neiman Marcus, Dallas

Visited the Neiman Marcus window installations in downtown Dallas this morning.  This window installation is by Bill Davenport.   This installation is a small part of Bill's Junk located in the Heights neighborhood just north of downtown Houston.

Bill's Junk is crammed with thirft-store art that Davenport has collected over the last 20 years, along with some of his own creations, other artist's little know works,  leftovers from the defunct Museum of the Wierd and other unusual things you can't live without.

Pop art cans by Bill Davenport

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tree Line by Helen Altman

Tree Line, organized by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, features the work of Fort Worth-based artist Helen Altman. The exhibition includes Altman’s torch drawings, tree paintings on paper, packing blanket works, snow globes, and goldfish pieces among others. Altman’s work centers mainly on mimicry and replication, and the themes that surface in her works include separation, loneliness and overcrowding, individuality and loss of identity.

Opening Reception Friday, April 15th 6 to 8pm

Exhibition through July 10th

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main Street
Beaumont, Texas

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ted Larsen

Ted Larsen

Past is Prologue
@ Conduit Gallery

April 2 - May 14, 2011

opening reception for the artists:
Saturday, April 2, 2011 6:00 - 8:00pm

Alison White Starr

Alison White Starr @ Conduit Gallery

Dallas artist Alison Starr constructs objects from a colorful fabric of plastic shopping bags in a seemingly futile attempt to minimize her environmental impact on the world. The show title, HD-LS PE, is the shortened name for, “Hi-density polyethylene and low-density polyethylene,” the letters on the type of plastic used to make the bags used in the work. Sometimes literal (bags becoming flocks of hundreds of miniature birds or rows upon rows of suburban houses) Starr injects humor into the work and a quirky beauty employing the industrial palette inherent to her chosen materials.

Friday, April 1, 2011

New Mark Todd website


Mark Todd took his first creative cues from comic books and Star Wars: worlds of inventive fantasy. His work involves intense scrutiny and alteration of classic comic covers from “Fantastic Four”, “X-Men”, “Iron Man”, “Spiderman” and other series, including the work of legendary illustrators like Jack Kirby. “I love the type, the heavy shadows, the colors and the way they seemed to use very inch of the page,” says Todd. “I sit and study them, and my brush reconstructs them.” Todd is referencing the past, waxing nostalgic about it and simultaneously lending his own post-modern sensibility to it, employing a limited palette, repetition, distortion and mixed media materials including spray paint, silkscreen, collage, cel-vinyl, glossy varnishes and dusty stains. The pieces are often rounded at the edges, appearing as prized objects; tablets encoded with civilization’s most iconic collective wisdom.   (Bio from Power Fury)

Egg, c. 2007, 6" x 6", mixed media on paper

Mark Todd's work will be featured in Plush Gallery's next exhibition.  "Mark Todd, Comic Book Paintings" that opens Saturday, April 16th 6-9pm.
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