Your Guide to One of the Year's Busiest Evenings of Dallas Art-Hopping
Dallas' sprawl is often seen as a weakness, especially when it comes to creating community. But sometimes a little distance is useful. It allows for distinctive pockets of artistic personalities to emerge, and when those pieces click together, as should happen on Saturday, our city's many influences become visible, tangible and, at times, interactive.
"Billowing Beauties" by Anne Ferrer These inflatable sculptures will fill Red Arrow Contemporary on Saturday
To witness that panoramic view, break away from your usual stomping grounds, update your mapping app and pack your car with friends. Also, bring snacks. If you want the complete tour of Dallas art this Saturday, you'll need to maintain for 12 hours straight.
Oak Cliff's Visual Speedbump Tour (noon to 6 p.m.)
You might know it by its more aggressive former title, the Oak Cliff Drive-by. Either way, it returns to bait you inside the homes and studios of seven artists and six galleries. Let's look at what you'll find at each address:
Teresa Gomez-Martorell (1202 Kings Hwy #1)
Barcelona-turned-Dallas printmaker Gomez-Martorell summons power from totem spirits. Her body of transferred etchings honors the wild beasts associated with the feminine and masculine ideals, and uses them to illustrate the ongoing dialog of gender-specific power politics in society.
Chuck and George (516 South Marlborough Ave.)
Beloved co-collaborators, Dallas Observer Mastermind award-winners and long-time Oak Cliff weirdos Brian K. Jones and Brian K. Scott are a mandatory stop. Their home, a shrine of eccentric immersion, is as much a gallery as it is a residence, and it will give you some background on the team before you see their newest Table Scrappin' 1.5 exhibition, opening later that night in Conduit Gallery's Project Room. In 'Scrappin, the boys have built and decorated a life-sized diorama of their home's interior.
In past years the Brians hosted group shows at their bump stop; this year they'll present work by only one other artist: painter and friend Ken Craft, whose newest collection (on display in the Dining Gallery) is based on the life and legacy of Charles Darwin.
"Charles Darwin was Not a Creep" by Ken Craft
Bryan Gooding (312 N. Rosemont Ave.)
To gander at the collages of self-taught artist Bryan Gooding, you'll need to pop into the garage. There, you'll find his world of conflicting wonders, where religion, mysticism and primal passions intertwine.
Charley Mitcherson (1214 Pioneer Dr.)
Mitcherson is a professional freelance photographer whose spare time is used snapping life's more traditional points of beauty.
Ray-Mel Cornelius (1526 Elmwood Blvd.)
A bright and curious community mainstay, Cornelius' artwork focuses on the quirky side of nature, but does so through a fine art execution.
Clay Stinnett (1240 Hollywood Ave.)
"Chief Spirit Journey" by Clay Stinnett
I imagine the path to outsider artist Clay Stinnett's studio is littered with baboon skulls, discarded cans of Jolt! Cola and a feisty legion of trained rattlesnakes, but this premonition will remain unconfirmed until Saturday. Stinnett paints wrong-eyed souls in the rightest way possible, filling canvases with saggy-titted biker bitches, heroic manbeasts, hard-weathered musicians and assorted slack-jawed sinners. Praise be, and pass the Lone Star.
Gretchen Goetz (422 S Marlborough)
It's a group show at the Goetz bump, where you'll find a blend of Gretchen's lady-centric illustrations, watercolors by Scott Winterrowd and the theatrical world of large-scale art by painter Gillian Bradshaw-Smith.
Galleries and collectives of the tour include:
Mighty Fine Art; The Safe Room (the new gallery inside Texas Theatre); Oil and Cotton; Sour Grapes Studio; The Kessler; and Davis Foundry Gallery. Map it out at chuckandgeorge.net/visualspeedbump.
Next up: The Design District, East Dallas and South Dallas.