Openings at the Dallas Contemporary and The Power Station top the weekend's must-sees. Plus, a new drawing center in Fort Worth.

This Week’s Visual Art, Jan 17-20: Gallery Openings, News, Reviews, and More

DMA Goes Free Monday

This is the last weekend you can pay to get into the Dallas Museum of Art. As of Monday, general admission is free (you still have to pay for the special exhibitions). The museum offered a preview of the DMA Friends program, which I discuss in detail over here.

Meadows Prize Announced

Among the artists heading to Dallas as part of the Meadows Prize residency is Tania Bruguera. I wasn’t surprised to see Bruguera’s name among the honorees. Her work is compatible with an idea SMU has been kicking-around for some time: launching an off-campus program or center in an low income neighborhood in Dallas.

The Power Station Publications

The Power Station has a new exhibition opening this weekend, and ahead of that event, Alden Pinnell’s art space officially announced the release of their publication series, beginning with books on the first three projects: “Die” by Oscar Tuazon; “Oslo, Texas” by Matias Faldbakken; and “Deluxe” by Virginia Overton. Here’s more on that.

Fort Worth Gets Drawing center

Here’s another promising new addition to the scene coming out of the Oliver Francis Gallery camp: artist Francisco Moreno, who is represented by OFG, has launched the Fort Worth Drawing Center, a new space (“physical and digital”) with a mission to preserve and exhibit contemporary drawing. The FWDC is located in an industrial district near the intersection of I-820 and Lancaster Ave., and it will launch its inaugural show, Contemporary Drawing Today (curated by Moreno and OFG proprietor Kevin Ruben Jacobs) on January 27.

 

This Week’s Openings

Alfredo Salazar-Caro + MMORPGFPS at Oliver Francis GalleryJanuary 18: 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 209 S. Peak Street, Dallas, Texas 75226.

Speaking of Oliver Francis Gallery, their latest exhibition will feature artist Alfredo Salazar-Caro, an artist whose multi-media work often employs gifs, those nifty animated web images that have become increasingly popular of late (even if the file format dates back to the late-1980s). This week, Salazar-Caro also led a gif workshop at the Goss-Michael Foundation, which wasn’t so much a reflection to the medium’s spreading popularity as it was a testament as to what can happen when the right people get the right jobs at the right places. OFG’s Kevin Jacobs works at Goss-Michael, and a little OFG influence on Goss-Michael’s programming and outreach could be a good thing.

 

Transmission – MFA Group Exhibition, curated by Nathan Green at Fort Worth Contemporary ArtsJanuary 18: 6-8 p.m. 2900 W.Berry St., Fort Worth, TX 76109.

Nathan Green is a busy man these days. Last week he opened the inaugural Cross Talk exhibition at Circuit 12, which featured Austin artists Sterling Allen and Brad Tucker. This week Green curates the crop of MFA students currently enrolled at TCU, which include members of a few local collectives, like Homecoming Committee and The Art Foundation.

 

Artificial Martyrs at Oliver Francis GalleryJanuary 19: 7-8:30 p.m. 209 S. Peak Street, Dallas, Texas 75226.

Also this weekend at Oliver Francis, a video program called Artificial Martyrs, which will screen the work of Charles E. Roberts III, Katherine Harvath, Antibody Corporation, and Sofia Moreno, as well as feature a live performance by a presumably pseudonym-ed artist named Ishtar Bukkake. The program will only run around an hour and a half, so think of it as a pre-party to the Dallas Cotemporary goings-on, which will feature the video work of OFG artist Morehshin Allahyari.

 

“Painting Of All Excuses” by Raul Cordero and Michel “El Pollo” Pérez, at the CentralTrakJanuary 19: 8-10 p.m. 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, Tx 75226.

Two painters from Cuba will exhibit in CentralTrak’s gallery, one of whom is currently in residence at the UTD space. Raul Cordero work strives to trace out the origins of the artistic idea and its generation into the art object. Michel “El Pollo” Pérez paints sculpted clay models, exaggerated and enlarged, also seeming to explore an intersection of artistic media and representation and purpose in created forms.

CentralTrak’s programming has been strong of late, but it is nice to see the space get back to one of the core functions of a residency, that is, exposing the region to artists and artist’s work from other part of the world.

 

Two-Step” by Charles Mayton at The Power StationJanuary 19: 5-7 p.m. 3816 Commerce Street / Dallas, TX 75226

Charles Mayton  (who was born in Dallas but now resides in New York) is a painter, but one whose artistic practice seems predisposed to a Power Station show. His conceptual work often extends beyond the surface of the canvas, with installations that pay particular attention to the workings of gallery space. For example, in one of Mayton’s previous exhibitions, the artist took a Magritte painting and translated it into the gallery by blending recreated elements from the painting, paintings that deconstruct the artistic process, and physical objects – oranges, a coat rack – all in an effort to, as Frieze Magazine wrote, spin “an allegory which overtly objectifes the struggle to create work, yet deflects the more emotional and personal aspects to historical reference points and modes of production.”

 

DZINE Victory and Los Americanos at the Dallas ContemporaryJanuary 19 9 p.m – Midnight 161 Glass Street Dallas Texas 75207.

We spoke about the Los Americanos show, which includes video art by six Texas-based artists, in our spring preview. The other exhibition that opens at the Dallas Contemporary this weekend is DZINE, a Chicago-based artist known for his over-the-top, blinged-out pieces. The artist takes items that range from bicycles and wheelchairs to wall hangings and religious statues and adds copious kitsch — heaping mounds of rhinestones, airbrush portraits, speaker systems, TV screens, upholstery, and other eccentric items. He’s mining material from various ethnic sub- and street-cultures in a way that feels sardonic, but also humorous and affectionate.

Early American/sƃuıʍɐɹp uɐɔıɹǝɯ∀ by KITNFACE and Luckyirkman at the Dallas Museum of Art — January 21 1717 Harwood Ave, Dallas, TX 75201.

There’s a risk in throwing up the doors of a museum to the riff-raff. This collaborative project by Studio DTFU highlights that risk with a pop-up art show in the American galleries of the DMA:

Digital artists KITNFACE and Luckyirkman will take over the American wing of the Dallas Museum of Art with two simultaneous exhibitions, Early American/sƃuıʍɐɹp uɐɔıɹǝɯ∀. Opening on January 21, 2013 to coincide with the newly freed DMA, EA/AD uses augmented reality to discuss conventional barriers to museum freedums [sic].

 

“Art Talk” by Jasmyne Graybill, at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary – January 18: 5-6 p.m. 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Tx 75204.

“Out of Commerce” by Michael Miller, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Daniel Kurt, Lawrence Lee, Robyn O’Neil and Jeff Parrott, and “Flourish” by Jasmyne Graybill, at the McKinney Avenue ContemporaryJanuary 18 : 6-8 p.m. 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Tx 75204

“Double Take” by Leslie Wilkes, and “Sculpture” by Julia Kunin, at the Barry Whistler GalleryJanuary 19: 6-8 p.m. 2909-B Canton Street, Dallas, Tx 75226.

“La Boheme” by Steve Danner, Roberta Masciarelli, Sherry Houpt, Laurie Mahoney, Sharon Neel Bagley, Jacque Forsher, Melissa Wertz, Karen Gray, April Greenlee, and Johanna Roffino Hulsey, at the Art Hotel CollectiveJanuary 19: 6-9 p.m. 1112 South Akard, Dallas, Tx 75215.

CADD Bus Tour, stopping at PDNB Gallery, Barry Whistler Gallery, the Reading Room, and the home of collectors Dan and Lizzie Routman – January 19: 10:30 a.m. 1202 Dragon Street #103  Dallas, TX 75207.

Sunday Peoples: A Group Exhibition for the Love of Bicycles at The Public Trust – January 19: 6-9 p.m. 2919-C Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75226

David Dike Fine Art – Annual Auction at Wildman Art Framing – January 19: 4 p.m. 1715 Market Center Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207

“Red – Existentialism in Art” by Wewer Keohane, Puneeta Mittal, Alison Jardine, Kay Dalton, Gina Marie Dunn, Elizabeth Anyaa, Araceli Salcedo, Jim Lively, Ted Barr, Richard Bailey, Eitan Vitkon, David Hodge, Luba Muravyeva, Chinmay Mehta and John Milton, at the LuminArte Gallery – January 19: 7-10 p.m. 1727 East Levee Street, Dallas, Tx 75207.

Image: Promo image for “Painting Of All Excuses” by Raul Cordero and Michel “El Pollo” Pérez at CentralTrak,