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The Week’s Five Best Art Events and Openings

C O D E Y E L L O W CAUTION-CRISIS-CRITIQUE at UTD Visual Arts — March 28, 6:30-9 p.m. 800 West Campbell Rd. Richardson, TX 75080.

This collaboration of six curators investigating issues of struggle and crisis is intriguing for its cross-disciplinary approach. In addition to artists like Greg Metz, Mona Karsa,  and Laray Polk, artist/photojournalist Kael Alford, artist/activist Janeil Engelstad, and UTD art historian Max Schich contribute to a show that will feature works by Trenton Doyle Hancock, Rudolf Sikora, the women of Resolana, and more.

 

Jake Gilson: Enigmas at William Campbell Contemporary Art — March 29, 11 a.m.  – 9 p.m. 2935 Byers Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76107.

Jake Gilson’s evocative, contemplative paintings are the product of a intensely physical process, washing acid over sheets of steal and applying oil pigment grids to create haunting and ambiguous large scale abstracts.

 

DB14: Bradly Brown, Geraldine Gliubislavich, Margaret Meehan, Miklos Onucsan, and Richard Roth at Brazos Gallery: Richland College — March 29, 4-6 p.m. 12800 Abrams Rd. Dallas, TX 75243.

And DB14 rolls on. It is a shame the curatorial collective didn’t get a shout-out in the DMN’s recent review of Ludwig Schwarz’s retrospective at Oliver Francis. I’m getting more and more concerned that what may be the single most impressive and significant mounting of a city-wide contemporary art exhibition in this city’s history may fly completely under the radar, outside of the smattering of “isn’t that cute, a biennial” reports that accompanied the project’s launch. But more on that later.

For now, another weekend, another rich and challenging collection of artists, pairing the best of our Dallas-dwelling talents with notable international artists who have never shown in the region. London-based Geraldine Gliubislavich’s paintings are reminiscent of both Peter Doig and Luc Tuymans, and yet the way she manipulates photographic imagery in her work — both with paint as well as installation strategy — is reminiscent of Dallas-based Margaret Meehan’s own explorations of the medium, which often allow the cultural context of found imagery to function as a subtext beneath her suggestive and provocative creation — often surreal, but sometimes romantic. Miklos Onucsan is a Romanian artist from that bustling art city of Cluj whose sensibility can also feel Victorian or Gothic: tattered canvases stained brown and black, signs left in cemeteries, ink corrosions framing protruding rose buds. Here the artist exhibits a Persian rug with a worn strip cutting across the surface. That gesture has a suggestive, almost mystical presence, more of an echo than a mark. It‘s also a gesture that plays surprisingly well with Richard Roth’s abstract painting. Roth has recently returned to painting after spending years collecting curiosities and cultural debris, and his new work retains an indexical connection to these anthropological explorations of “vernacular modernism.”

And while Fort Worth-based Bradley Brown, who in recent years has been creating various sculpture objects that double as mechanical absurdities, may not seem to fit into this mix, the curators have dug back into his oveure, showing a series of portraits which reveal a similar sensitivity to the evocative power of manipulated photo imagery.

 

DRAMEDY at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts — March 29, 6-8 p.m. 2900 W. Berry, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

Brown is also a co-curator, along with Devon Nowlin, of this latest exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, which brings together a number of artists who employ elements of the comic and caricature in their work. Artists include: Michael Bise, Folkert De Jong, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kirk Hayes, Robert Jessup, Lawrence Lee, Tala Madani, Jon Pylypchuk, Allison Schulnik, Dana Schutz, Amy Sillman, Laurie Simmons

 

Annette Lawrence: Leaning Towards an Algorithm at The Cliff Gallery at Mountain View College — March 29, 6-8 p.m. 4849 West Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX 75211 

Annette Lawrence exhibits a new body of work, drawings which pull from twenty-five years of journals to create striking, mandala-like images that are, in their own way, the product of multiple time processes.

 

Here are all the openings:

WEDNESDAY

Visiting Artist Lecture: Gabriel Warren at O’Donnell Hall, Owens Art Center, SMU — March 26, 7 p.m. 6101 Bishop Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75205.

 

THURSDAY

Relational Ground: Figuring Interactivity at Tarrant County College Art Corridor II — March 27, 5-7 p.m. 2100 Southeast Parkway Arlington, TX 76018.

(IM)BODY at Lightwell Gallery: Art Building (UNT) — March 27, 5-8 p.m. 1201 W. Mulberry St. Denton, TX 76201.

State of the Arts: Urban Planning at Dallas Museum of Art — March 27, 7:30 p.m. 1717 N. Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75201.

 

FRIDAY

C O D E Y E L L O W CAUTION-CRISIS-CRITIQUE at UTD Visual Arts — March 28, 6:30-9 p.m. 800 West Campbell Rd. Richardson, TX 75080.

 

SATURDAY

Jake Gilson: Enigmas at William Campbell Contemporary Art — March 29, 11 a.m.  – 9 p.m. 2935 Byers Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76107.

TCU MFA: Open Studios at TCU Moudy Fine Arts Building — March 29, 12-8 p.m. 2800 S. University Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76219.

DB14: Bradly Brown, Geraldine Gliubislavich, Margaret Meehan, Miklos Onucsan, and Richard Roth at Brazos Gallery: Richland College — March 29, 4-6 p.m. 12800 Abrams Rd. Dallas, TX 75243.

Annette Lawrence: Leaning Towards an Algorithm at The Cliff Gallery at Mountain View College — March 29, 6-8 p.m. 4849 West Illinois Avenue, Dallas, TX 75211

DRAMEDY at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts — March 29, 6-8 p.m. 2900 W. Berry, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

MFA Thesis Exhibition: What Goes On by Ryan Goolsby at TCU Moudy Fine Arts Building — March 29, 6-9 p.m. 2800 S. University Dr. Fort Worth, TX 76219.

Closing Reception/Bon Voyage Party at Alan Simmons Art + Design — March 29, 7-9 p.m. 1415 Slocum St. Ste 105 Dallas, TX 75207.

Barnett // Escobedo // Brush Muscle // Spigner at Deep Ellum Windows — March 29, 7-11 p.m. 2604 Main St. // 2625 Main St. // 2656 Main St. // 2647 Main St. // 2810 Main St. Dallas, TX 75226.

PROMPT at Beefhaus — March 29, 7 p.m. 833 Exposition Ave., Dallas, TX 75226.

SUNDAY

Closing Artist Talk by Joshua Goode: Artifacts from the Burial Site of the Unicorn T-Rex at Ro2 Art Downtown — March 30, 4-6 p.m. 110 N. Akard St. Dallas, TX 75201.