A Handy Guide to the Many, Many Art Openings Happening in Dallas on Saturday

Trey Egan, Migration, 2012, oil on canvas, 66 x 93 inches at Cris Worely
Well Dallas, it's time to shake out your joints and do some deep lunges -- you don't want to sprain anything during Saturday night's flood of first looks. Yep, it's a big night for the Design District, and everyone's flexing their favorite talent to kick off 2013 after a sleepy holiday season.

Here's most of what's available, but do note that one show, Kris Pierce's Missed Calls, is happening away from the fray at the Reading Room. It's an interesting one, where Pierce turns data from his 2012 Fort Worth phone booth project into a log.

Missed communication as told through a spreadsheet? It's tougher to hang on the wall of your loft, but more interesting than much of what you'll see anywhere else. That opening runs from 7 to 9 p.m., just to jam your night up further.

"Be Still With Me" at Cris Worely -- In this show, MFA candidate Trey Egan paints without direct representation. Layered, blended and free-standing micro-environments exist throughout his abstract canvases creating, quite simply, beauty. From texture to dimension, Egan's work is unlikely to actually cause stillness as the show's title begs -- it's entirely too full of lusty motion to accommodate inertia. Meditations, however, could certainly latch hold.

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Padaric Kolander, at Red Arrow
"Visible Traces" at Red Arrow Contemporary -- Someone just dropped dynamite down the rabbit hole. This three-artist show dabbles with alterna-world perceptions of what we deem reality. I'm already struck by Aaron Muñoz's serigraphs -- they capture typically ugly moments at their most kinetic and beautiful, then freeze them that way for eternity. Padaric Kolander digs into communication's shortcomings in his collection of emotionally isolated muses. You'll eyefuck the hell out of Cary Hulbert's prints, which stretch into acid trip landscape territory. (I'm going to move there someday.)

"ENVIRONS," Ron Clark, Susan Perkins and Betty Sewell at Cohn Drennan -- This all-Texas show features built-up acrylics from Clark's "Impending Presence" series; minimalist paintings by Sewell; and some interesting woven sustainable fibers on paper from Perkins' "Luminous Impressions" collection.

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Three Artist Show at Craighead Green -- You get work from Kenda North, Krista Harris and Kevin Box at this group gig, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Here's a thought: Should you find yourself in the Design District on Saturday night and you're on an awkward date, take them into Craighead Green. Walk past the strange underwater photography and jazzy acrylic art and go straight to this sculpture pictured on the right. It's a piece by Kevin Box titled "Conversation Starter." I think you should just point at it and say "Art." Or, "art?" Or "ART!" Any of those should work.

Regional Quarterly Volume 1: Cross Talk at Circuit 12 -- This brand new series kicks into gear Saturday night with the noble mission of bringing "together contemporary artists and visionaries throughout the state of Texas to share concepts and dialog with the Dallas market, providing a platform for regional artists to expose their works and network with other Texas based creatives."


I enjoy those words put together in that order. My question is this: Saturday is one of the biggest art opening nights of the season, and most of us are scrambling to squeeze everything into a quick few hours. Will there be time for dialog and concept sharing? Or is that code for "party?" We'll find out soon.

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Benji Kauth
Benji Kauth

Lots of "art" anyhow...kindergarten also has lots of comparable art.

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