A Handy Guide to the Many, Many Art Openings Happening in Dallas on Saturday
"Clothesline" at Photographs Do Not Bend gives us unity through voyeurism in a lifetime assemblage of clothesline photos, by New York artist John Albok. Beginning in the 1930s and moving airily through time, the series is snapped from the rear of his tailor shop and home on Madison Avenue. We see connectivity in isolation in these black and whites. And with many dated to the Great Depression era, we also get a peek at iconic New York landmarks, shrouded in others' laundry. See it from 5 to 8 p.m.
"Surface Structures" Galleri Urbane Dallas flosses its East Texas ties with abstract contemporary work by former Chinati artist-in-residency Gail Peter Borden. While seemingly direct, there's nothing simple about these paintings. Borden is the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at the University of Southern California, and that understanding of an angle's ability to span time and build drama are decidedly present in these works. You'll also find yourself enamored the artist's division of hues, which nod both to the East Texas sunset and the warm glow of SoCal. See it from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Gail Peter Borden, at Galleri Urbane
"Randy Twaddle: New Drawings" Holly Johnson Gallery shows off Texas artist Randy Twaddle and his unusual approach to capturing beauty where others see eyesores. Twaddle likes those points of friction where industry and technology intersect, like electrical transformers and their outstretched circuit line tentacles. He's been giving them voice in a new approach by blending brush-applied ink and coffee stains. The two mediums work to corral one another while creating tension within the works on paper. "Randy Twaddle: New Drawings" opens from 6 to 8 p.m.
"Cassandra" and "Pictures and Stories" at Conduit Gallery -- If you get nowhere else, check out the new shows by Robert Jessup and Rosalyn Bodycomb at Conduit. The former's oil paintings are a lively look at an unknowing audience. Although one, a rowboat blanketed with a yellow tarp floating isolated in a dark harbor, chills me to my bones. There's a childlike joy to Jessup's "Pictures and Stories," a collection of oils on canvas that will leave you hungry for ice cream and mom hugs. These shows open from 6 to 8 p.m.
"C4" at 500X -- This group show features work by Christine Bisetto, Colette Copeland, Clayton Hurt & Chancellor Page, although what each is showing is fairly vague. You have from 7 to 10 p.m. to figure it out.