Archive for September, 2007

Light and Sie…

Last night Light and Sie opened its doors to the public for the first time. I have been anxiously waiting for this to happen. When I first heard that the Dallas collecting duo of Stanley Light and Andrew Sie were opening a gallery, I wasn’t sure what to think; being a collector does not a gallerist make. Rumors of their globetrotting around to fairs and galleries, spread like wildfire. Talk of a 13,000 sq. ft. behemoth slayed me.

Like any sharp student, when you hit the books and test time rolls around you generally come through in spades. That is exactly what they did. I cannot begin to tell you how immaculate this gallery is. The most dramatic gallery entrance I have ever encountered, sets the tone for the entire space. As you pass through the glass doors you enter the main gallery space. Everything screams museum in its presentation, every detail is accounted for.

Anderson and Low open the space with Chrysalis which is a very large body of work, that is much more abstract than their earlier work, and references their architectural series as a point of departure. Each of the chromogenic prints are editions of 5, most of which are mounted to aluminum and face mounted to plexi and measure 48″x48.” The work is definitely for the collector or appreciator of the non-representational. A small exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

For more details on this and their upcoming exhibitions visit their site www.lightandsie.com.

Observer’s Best of Dallas is on stands now…

The Dallas Observer’s infamous Best Of Dallas is on the streets. The issue itself is a nice step up with its art direction and design. The scantily clad Alice in Wonderland babes were a little tacky, but well done. Should make for some good coffee shop talk over the next few days.

A little self serving highlight is that my gallery The Public Trust was the writer’s choice for Best Art Gallery. The Party got the writer’s nod for Best Dance Party, however I have never seen a prep or a goth at any of their shows as the writeup states. Sober and I discussed that today and both agreed that we’d love to see a tall, tan, blonde dude in deck shoes with a goth mistress grinding it out on his chino’s.

Wine Squared Festival Sat. Oct. 6 in Denton

The Wine Squared Festival is on to its sophomore year, but don’t expect any kind of slump. The biggest improvement is that it takes place in October, unlike last year’s which was in late May and was unbearably hot. So if you ever feel so inclined to drive the 44 miles to Denton, next Saturday would be the day to do it.

If Grapefest was your litmus test for wine festivals in DFW, go ahead and scratch that and head up to Denton. Brook Ray (the proprietor of Wine2) puts on a festival that has more of an indie vibe to it. That is not to say that it isn’t polished, but rather a lot more refined and considered than something as large as Grapefest.

You really can’t beat an event on the square in Denton. When you need to break from tasting there is so much to do. You can pop into Recycled Books, grab a coffee at Jupiter House, score a cone from Beth Marie’s (which is hands down the best ice cream in the US), get a slice of pizza at J&J’s, down a beer at the Loophole or spend sometime in the endless kitsch at either of the mini malls.

The event kicks off at 2 and goes till 10pm. There will be live music all day from bands such as Bridges and Blinking Lights, Isaac Hoskins Band, Patrick Newkirk, The Hot Rockin Fonzies, Denton County Revelators and more. There will also be raffles and a chance to flex your pallette in a wine tasting contest . You will also be able to pick up a 3 color screenprint designed by yours truly, at the event for $20. It is the image pictured above.

You can get more details at winetimeswine.com. See you there.

Notes From the Cliff

I have had 2 meals officially at The Cliff, so now I can give it a proper review. Thumbs up on their turkey burger, that thing is perfect. The bun was so soft, not too fluffy and not too dense. Fries are thin and crisp, and even the side of cole slaw was good and I generally can’t stand that stuff.

The following night I had their grill cheese, which was mediocre. They use sourdough bread, which was a little too hard, and their cheese blend needs some tweaking. But, like any new restaurant, worth its salt, the food is likely to improve after they have had some feedback, so I am not too concerned.

The service is good, the prices are fair but the atmosphere, much like the hotel, is where it is at. I never saw the place before they rennovated it, but I am sure it is a thousand times better than when those doors first opened. It’s like Mel’s Diner collided with West Elm.

This addition makes the Belmont one of the premier spots to meet up before a night out. Grab an inexpensive bite to eat, head over to the bar and then off you go, complimentary valet and all.

Big ups to the Hotel Belmont once again.

Adobe CS3 Working Lunches by the DSVC

The Dallas Society of Visual Communications is kicking off their Working Lunch series with some Adobe Professionals, who are going to give abbreviated workshops on the latest CS3 software. These workshops are $35 to the general public and $25 to DSVC members and includes lunch. Space is limited, so if you are interested you can sign up on the DSVC website today. Below you will find the schedule and location of these events.

October 10th 2007: CS3 Photoshop-Extended 11am to 1pm
given by Lisa Forrester

November 14th 2007: CS3 Web Premium 11am to 1pm
given by Kyle Thompson

December 6th 2007: CS3 InDesign, Illustrator 11am to 1pm
given by Lisa Forrester

The talks will take place at the Clampitt Creative Center
9207 Ambassador Row // Dallas, TX 75247 // 214.638.3300

The Cliff is now open!

Hotel Belmont’s long awaited restaurant is now open, for dinner and by the weekend will be open for all 3 meals. The converted diner is located right next door to the hotel, and boasts a menu that is lies somewhere between chic and comfort food. Bar goers can look forward to a more diverse and ever changing menu in the Bar Belmont. Today I was served up a perfectly sized pulled pork quesadilla as I downed 2.50 happy hour Shiners.

The Public Trust will be doing an installment of the Hotel’s “Art With a View” series. It opens September 19, with a reception from 6-9. The artists featured in the show are Tes One, Shepard Fairey, Bask, Stephen Tompkins, Steven Hopwood-Lewis and Brian Gibb.

DADA Art Walk this Saturday…

So this Saturday is going to be another opening filled weekend. Beyond that the Dallas Art Dealers Association is having 2 panel discussions that are definitely worthwhile topics.

Panel Discussions will take place at the Bath House Cultural Center, located at 521 E. Lawther Drive. Below are the topics and their respective time slots.

10:30 – 12:00 noon
Panel One for Artists:
How to solicit a gallery, a museum, or a non-profit art space

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Panel Two For Art Collectors:
How to start and maintain a fine art collection. The Basics: Framing, lighting, conserving,etc.

I cannot express to any artist how valuable that first discussion will be. I field that question more than any other. So if you are trying to “make it” as an artist, don’t miss this one.

Dallas Society of Visual Communications Kicks off their 50 year anniversary

The Dallas Society of Visual Communications(AKA The DSVC) is kicking off their 50th anniversary September 12th (from 6-8PM) with their first meeting of the season. The meetings are held at Cityplace which is located at the corner of Haskell and 75, just off the North bound service rd. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the DSVC they are a Dallas based non-profit organization centered around building community amongst career creatives (i.e. art directors, designers, photographers, illustrators etc…)

The 6-7 mixer is a good opportunity to mingle and glad hand your fellow designers, art directors, creative directors, paper and printing reps or pretty much any other industry head you can think of.
There is always a good spread of food, if your early, and a cash bar, should you need something to take the edge off before choppin’ it up. The meeting’s sponsors usually roll out a nice array of promotions, of which I have walked away with some great stuff over the years.

The talks begin promptly at 7pm and usually last for a little over an hour. After the talk there is always a short Q&A and if you hang around a bit you can generally catch the speaker for a minute or 2.

From what I understand this year’s roster of guest speakers will consist of Texas’ most widely recognized creatives in the industry. DJ Stout will be first out the gate. DJ was the Art Director for Texas Monthly for over a decade. During his tenure the publication was nominated for 10 National Magazine Awards and took home 3, for Photography and for General Excellence in 1990, and again for General Excellence in 1992. Since 2000 he has taken his place as a partner in the Austin office of Pentagram.

Fall Gallery Season…

This is what gallerists wait the whole year to do…kick off the fall, especially after the always notoriously slow summers. I will be amending this post as the inbox keeps filling up with announcements…

The Public Trust
2919-C Commerce St // Dallas, TX 75226
http://trustthepublic.com // 214.760.7170

Urban Abstract: New Work by Evan Hecox
September 15 – October 13, 2007
Opening reception September 15th, 7pm-10pm

And/Or Gallery
4221 Bryan St. Ste B // Dallas, TX 75204
http://www.andorgallery.com // 214.824.2442

Show #11: group show guest-curated by Titus O’Brien
September 15th – October 13th
Opening reception September 15th, 6pm-9pm

This show will include Kana Harada, Chris Hefner, Devin King, Stephen Lapthisphon, Greg Metz, Rinpa Eshidan, Cameron Robbins, Johnny Robertson, Daniel Subkoff, and Terri Thornton

Barry Whistler Gallery
2909-B Canton St // Dallas, TX 75226
http://www.barrywhistlergallery.com

A Group Show
September 15th – October 13th
Opening reception September 15th, 6pm-8pm

Road Agent
2909-A Canton St // Dallas, TX 75226
http://www.road-agent.com // 214.749.4049

Bradly Brown: Beastly Words
September 15 – October 13, 2007
Opening reception September 15th, 6pm-9pm

Kettle Art
2714 Elm Street // Dallas, TX 75226
http://www.kettleart.com // 214.749.4049

A Little Piece of My Art
Opening reception September 15th, 7pm-10pm

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