Coming Out: Dallas art and related events (September 10 to September 17)

by | Art, Culture, Events

Robert Barsamian, Shark Tank, 2015


Thursday, September 10

Observed: Paho Mann

UNT professor Paho Mann’s work is about the things we accumulate and collect and how meaning is derived from these objects. He writes:“Observation, as well as the roles of technology and photography in the ways we observe, all play a key role in much of my art making. The first being an ongoing curiosity in looking at the things we collect; while the second is an interest in technology and photographic representation of how meaning can be made from these objects.”

Art Corridor II, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus

2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington 76018-3144, 5 – 7pm

It Came From CalArts – Next Topic panel discussion

Artists Danielle Dean, Peter Bo Rappmund and Ariane Roesch, featured in the exhibition, It Came From CalArts, will discuss their work, their experience as dual citizens of CalArts and Texas, and the ways in which they continue to negotiate this blended territory. The discussion will also explore the notion and status of “interdisciplinary” work and the term itself as a label, whether it functions as a descriptive trope or signifies a living concept of experimentation and exchange. Moderated by exhibition curator Robin Myrick.

CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency, 800 Exposition Avenue

7 p.m.

Friday, September 11

Material Transformation: Brittany Ransom and Marilyn Waligore

Brittany Ransom and Marilyn Waligore use the environment as a source of collaboration, generating work that probes our relationship to the places we inhabit. Waligore’s strikingly manipulated photographic imagery and Ransom’s haunting mixed genre work heighten our awareness of what we take for granted about our perceptions of our world.

Haggerty Gallery, University of Dallas, 1845 E Northgate Drive, Irving, TX 75062

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Michael Wynne: The Shabby Years

Collector and painter Michael Wynne’s “mini retrospective” showcases his diverse and prolific approach to art making. The artist’s large “shabby minimalist” paintings will be featured, as well as his text paintings on panel, canvas, and scrap materials. Brush Muscle, Wynne’s collaboration with Andy Don Emmons and Terry Hogan, will exhibit collectively constructed collages on paper.

RE Gallery, 1717 Gould Street

6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 12

Sprawl: Words, Sounds, and Ideas from the Intersection of CalArts and Texas

Centraltrak will host an afternoon of literary programming from CalArts writing alumni currently living and working in the state of Texas. This slate of short readings, performances, investigations and provocations is modeled on the notorious Sprawl reading series at CalArts, featuring writers working with language as an artistic medium and experimenting with the boundaries of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting. The event lineup includes Jon Lindsey (Houston), Alana Macias (Austin), Joe Milazzo (Dallas), Robin Myrick (Dallas), and Allie Rowbottom (Houston), each representing different aspects and coordinates of the CalArts/Texas binary.

CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency, 800 Exposition Avenue

2 to 5 p.m.


A to Z: Abracadabra to Zombies

Full disclosure: Our writer Danielle Avram is also the curator at SMU’s Pollock Gallery. You can read a description of this show here, at SMU’s website. The show includes Artists in the show include:

Morehshin Allahyari (San Francisco, CA); Tiffany Funk (Chicago, IL); Neil Harbisson (New York, NY); Mona Kasra (Charlottesville, VA); Amelia Marzec (Brooklyn, NY); Savannah Niles (Miami, FL); Joshua Noble (Seattle, WA) and Jennifer Proctor (Ann Arbor, MI),

Allahyari made the rounds on both Vice and Al Jazeera recently, for her work that addressed the destruction of artifacts by ISIL. Her response was to counteractively spread information on the damaged relics by way of a 3-D printer. The artist always keeps things interesting, and was an influential figure in Dallas art before her move last summer, especially in regard to new media. Allahyari will be speaking later this fall at the Dallas Museum of Art, so be on the lookout for that as well. — Christopher Mosley

Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, 3140 Dyer Street

6 to 8 p.m.


Matthew Cusick: Rendition

In his newest body of work, Matthew Cusick expands his use of collage materials to include security envelopes, medical records, insurance bills, comic books, and old discarded texts. Focusing on sources as diverse as the Topkapi Scroll, paratroopers, the Abrahamic religions and Conan the Barbarian, Cusick weaves a cryptic mesh of references into depictions of an ethereal world rendered by its own ideologies.

Holly Johnson Gallery, 1845 Levee Street, #100

6 to 8 p.m.

Robert Barsamian: New Works

Diedrick Brackens, hearts, hands and other members Anthony Sonnenberg, Fat Equals Flavor Robert Barsamian’s small-scale paintings are allegorical visual representations of worldwide political conflicts. Diedrick Brackens dyes his woven textiles with common household liquids, drawing a connection between the everyday and traditional West African Kente cloth, the American quilting tradition, embroidery, and European tapestry. Anthony Sonnenberg’s elaborate hand-built ceramic sculptures echo the decadent elaborations of Baroque and Rococo fioriture.

Conduit Gallery, 1626 Hi Line Drive

6 to 8 p.m.

Just the Two of Us at Cris Worley Fine Arts

Cris Worley celebrates her fifth anniversary with an exhibition of two and three dimensional works by husband and wife, Shannon Cannings and William Cannings.

1845 E Levee St #110

6 to 8 p.m.

Jessica Drenk: Ad Infinitum

Jessica Drenk’s work is inspired by natural patterns and shapes such as those found in rocks, shells, wood and cellular structures. She says,“I always want to push my materials to a place where they are still recognizable as “book,” “wire” or “wood”, but have taken on new forms beyond those original definitions. In working with materials I tend to forget what they are; seeing them instead as something malleable with potential to become a fascinating new shape.”

Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas, 2277 Monitor Street

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Simon Bilodeau: The Story With No Ending

Simon Bilodeau’s work revolves around the painted image and its location within a given space. Sculptures and paintings are presented within a certain context, while stemming from the same concept.

Circuit12 Contemporary, 1811 E Levee Street

6 to 10 p.m.

Open Haus

Awarded a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture Center, UNT graduates Abigail Sherrill and Rachel Fischer formed Brick Haus Collective, an artist organization and incubator space for emerging artists that strives to provide professional level studio space, a multi-disciplinary artist community, and engaging arts programming. Their first public event will feature an exhibition, silent auction, local vendors, workshops and music.

Brick Haus Collective, 215 S Woodrow Lane, Denton

7 to 11 p.m.

The Guild presents || Stratosphere: The Party in the Clouds

Atmospheric psychedelia is certainly having a moment in Dallas, with a transcendental noise-art experience happening nearly every weekend. This time around The Guild Art Collective takes over That That with a night of ethereality.

That That, 3901 Main Street

10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Sunday September 13

R. L. Stine and Marc Brown: The Little Shop of Monsters

Bestselling children’s authors R.L. Stine and Marc Brown have collaborated on a spooky book about an atypical pet store where customers can purchase their very own monsters.

Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood Street

4 p.m., Public $20, DMA Member $15, Students and Children (under the age of 5) $10

Tuesday, September 15

Michael A. Morris: From “Man and His World” to the End of the World

Michael A. Morris is a well-known local artist who works predominantly in film and video, and I remember a particularly moving work by him at CentralTrak a few years back. Morris will be giving a lecture that ties into his work featured at the above show at Pollock Gallery. He will also be showing “films by Stan Vanderbeek, Peggy Ahwesh, Terra Jean Long, Jem Cohen, Jim Finn and Michael Robinson,” according to the Pollock Gallery’s site. — Christopher Mosley

Zhulong Gallery, 1302 Dragon Street

7 p.m.

Lecture: Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley, the artist featured in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, opening at The Modern September 20th, is in conversation with exhibition curator, Eugenie Tsai of the Brooklyn Museum.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth

7 p.m.

Louis Hall: Speak

Speak (Ecco, 2015) is a thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding.

The Wild Detectives, 314 W Eighth Street


Thursday, September 17

C3 Artistic Encounters with Teresa Rafidi

Join award-winning artist and educator Teresa Rafidi for an exciting photography workshop. Rafidi, who has exhibited both nationally and internationally, uses light to create an altered sense of reality in her work. For adults only; no experience is necessary.

Dallas Museum of Art, Tech Lab

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $25

Wordspace Season Launch Party with Lazers of Sexellence 5.0

Wordspace kicks off its new season with poets Amber Tamblyn and Derrick Brown. The duo has been touring the country with their show, The Lazers of Sexcellence, described as a “ruckus…of poetry, comedy and music.”

The Wild Detectives, 314 W Eighth Street

7 p.m. party; 8 p.m. performance