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Introductions North at the Greater Denton Arts Council

Introductions North will open this Thursday June 14, at the GDAC’s Meadows Gallery. Below is all of the info posted on their site. This kind of looks like CADD’s art fair round 2, but you will find some new faces like Mulcahy Modern, Mighty Fine Arts, 500X and Photographs Do Not Bend.

If you are an artist who is trying to pursue a fine art career I would not miss the roundtable discussion which starts at 7pm. Nancy Whitenack has been dealing art since I was 5, and Burt Finger has been at since I was in the 9th grade. Both of them have well respected programs with a proven history. Marty Walker brings a lot to the table since she is a new gallerist, but has had a lot of experience dealing artwork dating back to her days as the Associate Director at Conduit. Walker is also an artist herself, so her insight comes from both sides of the fence.

June 14 – July 19, 2007
Opening Reception Thursday June 14, 5-7pm
GDAC // 207 S. Bell // Denton, TX 76201 // www.dentonarts.com

Roundtable discussion June 14, 7pm: How And Why Galleries Choose Artists To Show
Nancy Whitenack, Conduit Gallery
Marty Walker, Marty Walker Gallery
Burt Finger, Photographs Do Not Bend

Contributing Galleries and Artists
500 X Gallery – John Oliver Lewis
Barry Whistler Gallery – Lorraine Tady
Conduit Gallery – Michael Tole
Craighead Green Gallery – Arturo Mallmann, Frank Morbillo
Dunn and Brown Contemporary – Paul Booker
Gerald Peters Gallery – Hunt Rettig, George Tobolowsky
Holly Johnson Gallery – David Aylsworth
Marty Walker Gallery – Beau Comeaux
Mighty Fine Arts Gallery – Polly Perez
Mulcahy Modern Gallery – Monica Pierce
Pan American Art Projects – Charlotte Smith, William Cannings
Photographs Do Not Bend – Misty Keasler
Road Agent Gallery – Ryan Humphrey, Jen Rose
The Public Trust – Steven Hopwood-Lewis
Valley House Gallery – Vera Barnett

500 X Gallery’s Annual Open Invitation…

Artists ask me all the time, “How do I start showing my artwork?” Well things like this are a perfect opportunity, to jump off with something other than hanging work in your local coffee shop. 500X is one of Texas’ oldest alternative galleries, which is run by a cooperative of artists. Their openings are always well attended, so this is a premier opportunity to get your work in front of a lot of people.

There is a $25 hanging fee per entry. The show runs May 12 – June 2, 2007. You can visit their site for all of the details.

Last but certainly not least…

So apparently Mutt Gallery was left off of the Deep Ellum Gallery walk. After receiving a call from a very irate Candice Taylor (who is the gallery director) I decided to remedy this gross oversight by the Deep Ellum art community.

It is my understanding that through her PR channels she is rallying the press to bring national attention to this injustice. All we can hope for is that this media juggernaut does not bring a neighborhood back on the rise to its knees.

Love Hotels Book Signing at PDNB Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

Dallas based photographer Misty Keasler will be at Photographs Do Not Bend this Thursday Nov. 30th and Friday Dec. 1st from 6-8pm for a book signing of her first monograph Love Hotels which has just been published by Chronicle Books. A continuation of Keasler’s work documenting spaces, the book consists of 80 portraits of the intensely themed rooms of the Japanese love hotel.

To mark this occasion a limited edition boxed set (pictured above) has been issued. They are in an edition of 30 with 5 artist proofs. Each set comes with a signed and editioned 8×10 chromogenic print and a book which bears a limited edition boxed set emboss stamp on the title page. The contents are housed in a hand made pink wooden box and set atop a pink velour pillow. The limited edition packaging was designed by Brian Gibb of Art Prostitute. These will go very fast, as they are cooler than the other side of the pillow, so don’t sleep on it.

PDNB is now located 1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75207.

More Art this Saturday

Saturday (Sept 23rd):

And/Or Gallery: The reception for the Nick Ackerman + Michael Bell Smith show from 6pm-9pm. We’ll have an artist talk at 6pm with NY video artist Michael Bell-Smith and half of JODI, the Holland-based digital art collective famous for their Internet deconstruction art and video game hacks/exploits. This is a preview of the talk they’ll give at the MOMA in a few weeks!

Angstrom: It’s not a typo. David Quadrini and co. are back with a new show!! Not sure what the future is for the Dallas Angstrom, but previously they had some of the coolest shows around, so I hope it continues. The reception for this one is 6pm-9pm and it’s “Ab Obo”, a multi-media visual arts project organized by angstrom gallery veteran Steven Hull.

Might Fine Arts: Jo-Ann Mulroy “Traces”. A show of tweaked up appropriated Victorian images. Reception 6pm-9pm

Plush + MFA: Plush and Mighty Fine Arts are teaming up for the Pajama Party at the Clubhouse. 6pm until noon the next day. At 411 N. Tyler / Dallas (2 doors down from Mighty Fine Arts) Here’s MFA’s info for the same event.

Friday Night Recap

Ne Plus Ultra at Road Agent
Last night I checked out the second installment of Road Agent’s “Ambush” series of mini one man shows that are taking place every Friday night throughout the summer. What a treat last night. Erick Swenson was the guest artist for the evening, and he had his latest sculpture on display…the Ne Plus Ultra piece. The last time I was able to see a Swenson piece was in the Ft. Worth Modern. Quite amazing.

Nevada Hill at Counter Culture Later, I made it over to Counter Culture at Mockingbird Station to check out Nevada Hill’s new work he had on display there. It was interesting to see how well his new images fit in with the clothing they were buried between. For shoppers, it will be a nice little surprise. For art viewers, it’s a little odd…but so is Nevada’s work…so it works.

Friday Night Happenings

Wayne Coyne Bubble

After just over a month of having moved to Dallas from Denton, I can honestly say I have been having a blast. No hating on the good times I found in Denton, but I have always stumbled on some amazing things to do here, almost every night of the week. Dallas is not as dead as everyone makes it out to be. We may not have mass transit, nice weather, an ocean, a chinatown, or a living-breathing-downtown-streets crowded with people and markets, BUT there is a strong undercurrent filled with some talented good-hearted people here.

Ambush 1 Last night I checked out the launch of Road Agent‘s Ambush series of shotgun summer shows. Every Friday night, throughout the summer they will be showcasing a new artist’s work.

Inflateables While enjoying the art there, the buzz was building for what was dubbed the “Flaming Lips Party” at Conduit Gallery. Eventually the crowd that was at Road Agent dispersed, and reconviened at Conduit. When we arrived, we were greeted with a parking lot filled with hula hooping girls in bikini’s, dancing inflateable mascots, snow cones, and Chris from Good Records DJ-ing the madness !? It was quite the way to set the tone of the rest of the night.
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Counter Culture Nevada Hill Art Appreciation Show

Counter Culture + Artist, Nevada Hill

When: July 21, 2006
Where: Counter Culture‘s Mockingbird Station location
What: Nevada Hill’s art will be showcased that night. Enjoy some awesome live music, eat and drink for free, and of course shop!

Event suggested by Bethany Burke

Some great new art books!

Supply and Demand
In Shepard’s own words, “This is the definitive case study, art book, bible of Obey Giant.” He could not be more right. This 350 page, 9″x12″ giant (pun intended), sports a foil embossed cover and is filled to the brim with never before seen images, as well as essays and interviews by Steven Heller, Carlo McCormick, Roger Gastman, Rob Walker, Helen Stickler, and of course Shepard himself. This is definitely a must have book, not just for fans of his work, but for those who maintain an interest in contemporary art period. Pick up your signed copy from the artist’s website…
www.obeygiant.com

Babel
Small book, big impact, are the four words that encompass Jim Houser’s latest offering. This is one of the most personal artist monographs that I have seen in a long time. Interviews and photo collages, capturing moments of Houser’s life and work, give a great deal of insight to the artist. The letter at the end about his late wife, Rebecca Westcott, was the most touching and hopeful thing I have read in a long time. This is as authentic as it gets. You can pick this one up on our site or come by the gallery.
www.artprostitutestore.com

BLK/MRKT ONE
BLK/MRKT Gallery teamed up with publishers Die Gestalten, to issue ONE, a 208 page, full color, hard bound book commemorating the gallery’s first artist annual. This volume contains work from over 30 artists including, Dave Kinsey, Tiffany Bozic, Jeff Soto, Brendan Monroe, Doze, WK Interact, Rich Jacobs, Jose Parla, Bask, Tes One, Maya Hayuk and many more. The Foreword, written by Gallery owners Dave Kinsey and Jana DesForges, offers an insightful perspective on the art movement and the artists featured in the annual. For a complete roster of artists and to purchase the book ($45 U.S.), visit the gallery’s website.
www.blkmrktgallery.com

Private Club Art Show at Zubar Wed 21 June

Where: Zubar located at 2012 Lower Greenville Avenue
When: Opening reception is June 21st from 6pm to 9pm

Private Club is a series of recent works by Dallas artist Benjamin Hancock in collaboration with Super Conscious Art Collective. Mixed media varies throughout the show including acrylic, oil, transfers, and etchings on wood in sizes ranging from 1 to 4 feet. Private Club is a celebration of elite society and popular culture. The subject matter consists of recreational rituals, award ceremonies, and preparatory school. Minimal silhouetted images are elegantly displayed on rare wood inlays. Balanced with modern heraldic crests silk screened and laser etched onto fine wood. Layers of chichi pop culture icons like graffiti and eighties graphics contrasted with intricate old European designs give the work a unique appeal.

Come out and see the work; a 30% donation of all purchases will be made to the numerous Dallas charities. Complimentary valet, d’oeuvres and wine will be provided to patrons.

POST SENT IN BY: Benjamin Hancock

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