Erin Cluley Gallery, Cydonia Gallery Are Now Open

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Kevin Todora

This weekend, the gallery scene expanded in two divergent directions with the opening of both Erin Cluley Gallery and Cydonia.

Over the big, white bridge Erin Cluley Gallery became the first commercial art space in Trinity Groves - although not in the area's conventional strip mall of restaurants. Tucked into a residential neighborhood, somewhere behind Babbs Bros Barbecue, a large garage door that once lifted for cars in need of oil changes, now lets sunlight trickle in to illuminate the work of artists.


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The Subconscious Storyteller: Benjamin Terry at RE Gallery

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Ben Terry

By Justin Hunt

The storybook nostalgia of South Dallas' RE Gallery is the perfect milieu for the exhibition of Benjamin Terry's latest works, the unconscious mind. While Terry's previous ventures focused principally on large, technically adept, two-dimensional works, the current series is a breakthrough of shape and color in much smaller packages. Rather than exhibiting the dark recesses normally attributed to the subconscious ("Repressed memories" anyone?), Terry's works - on display at RE Gallery through October 12 - are light and free.


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10 Visual Art Exhibitions to See This September

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Ruth Pinell
As the calendar flips to September, gallerists across the city sweep the cobwebs from the corners of their gallery as they prepare for the return of the visual art season. One of our favorite spaces in the city, The Power Station, presents Ruth Pinnell: Bridging the Gap. Sure, she happens to be Power Station owner Alden Pinnell's mother, but this doesn't look like nepotism, so much as an homage to the woman who inspired his interest in art. Ruth worked as a diverse artist for much of her life and her work has been exhibited all over the world. Opening Friday, September 5 this exhibition focuses on her serial photography, drawing, painting and print from more than three decades of her career. See it at the opening reception from 5- 7 p.m. Friday.

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When Artist Gary Sweeney Quit His Day Job, He Made Plans to Visit Dallas

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"Donated Artwork" by Gary Sweeney

Being an artist can be a tough gig, especially if your heart is set on living indoors and enjoying the occasional meal. Naturally most artists find themselves working more than a few odd jobs to keep the lights on. So when California native Gary Sweeney was given the chance to work as a baggage handler for airports, right after graduating from U.C. Irvine in the in the early '70s, he jumped at the chance. After 35 years that include numerous public art pieces and only a few damaged suitcases, Sweeney is quitting his day job.

"I've got 35 years with it and they're offering an early out," Sweeney says. "It's truly a hard job to give up."

One of his first stops as a free man? Dallas, where he'll exhibit some of his newest work in Problem Child at Red Arrow Contemporary September 6-October 18.


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Goss Michael Foundation Charts New Waters, Invites Dallas Along for Voyage

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Goss Michael Foundation

The first time I met Kenny Goss, he wanted to show me his art collection. We were meeting for an article about the annual fundraiser, MTV:ReDefine, but first, would I like to see his Damien Hirst?

While famously associated with the pop singer George Michael, the Goss-Michael Foundation is more or less the brain child of Goss and for years Michael's whispers are all but absent. But as it turns out, the art space deserves its own kind of celebrity. Behind the doors to the square, white building on Turtle Creek, you'll not only find imported British art, but local programming that charts new waters.

"We've always been committed to bringing in young British artists, but we wanted to come up with a way to get local artists involved," says Goss. "People know us for our British art, but we're also doing a lot more than that."


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Casey Gray Updates the Baroque With Emojis and Spray Paint at Circuit 12

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In much of Casey Gray's art, there's a humorous tension between message and medium. Imagine if the 17th century Flemish painters had worked in spray paint. Conversely, picture Peter Paul Rubens on a skateboard. See? Funny. This was the crux of much of San Francisco-based Gray's early work, in which he explored the subject matter of Baroque still life using a complex method of layered spray paints and stenciling.

"I decided to start at the beginning with what is Art 101, like still life painting," Gray says. "I wanted to see how I could paint an apple, part of that also has to do with challenging the idea of tradition with non-traditional techniques in the face of artistry. But more so it was about developing an entirely visual language."

Lately, his work is a bit more true to his daily life, with beach scenes and digital media. It's these motifs that will be on display in his first Dallas solo exhibition at Circuit 12 Contemporary, Of Land and Sea, opening with an artist reception at 6 p.m. September 6.


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If You're in Dallas Saturday Afternoon, Meet Artist Liz Glynn

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Nasher 360 Speaker Series

The Nasher Sculpture Center gets a lot of things right. Jeremy Strick runs a tight artistic ship, with impressive exhibitions and thought-provoking programming. One of the most underrated programs is the 360 Speaker Series, which gives the microphone to world-renowned artists across a variety of disciplines. On Saturday at 2 p.m. this series turns its attention to LA-based installation sculptor, Liz Glynn.

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Circuit 12 Contemporary Plays with Gallery in Linescapes

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The Circuit 12 Contemporary gallery is constantly in a state of flux. Of late, gallerists Gina and Dustin Orlando have taken interest in playing with environment in exhibitions.
Not only have owners Gina and Dustin Orlando recently made some renovations to the space and added a fashion component, they've also made atmospheric use of their space. Recently the gallery mounted a show of Alexander DiJulio's work, Constellation Logic, in which the gallery disconnected the viewer from the outside world by having them walk a wood-planked deck into the space.

Currently to exhibit the work of street artist James M. Rizzi, Circuit 12 invited him to demonstrate his large scale work in a black and white color palette, alongside a small exhibition of framed work. Through the end of the month, visitors to the gallery find themselves immersed in his gestural mural art.

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Christopher Blay Built a Satellite as a Bridge Between Artist and Audience

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Central Trak

Christopher Blay's work functions on borderlines. If life is a Venn diagram, he's creating art in the overlaps. He wants to ask questions, start conversations, and challenge the viewer to see things "outside of their bubble." As it happens, earlier this year he built himself into a bubble for Deep Ellum Windows that forced the viewer to confront both him and his sculptural installation in a new way.

This idea of audience/artist confab is the focus of Blay's Satellites, which opens at Central Trak Saturday. But like much of his oeuvre, this sculptural installation lives beyond conceptualism, asking both art insiders and outsiders how to expand communication in the arts.

"The sculpture is a metaphor for communication," says Blay. "But I also created a video component that has people address the question in a direct way. I don't hope to find one right way for people communicate with art, I just want to recognize that there are these two clusters of people."


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Erin Cluley Didn't Need a Psychic to Tell Her to Open a Gallery, But That's What Happened

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Erin Cluley, exhibitions director of the Dallas Contemporary, announced this week that she would be opening an eponymous gallery in Trinity Groves. And the narrative emerging (via CultureMap Dallas & Glasstire) is that we have a psychic to thank for the development. Certainly it's true that when Cluley sat down with a medium in Salem last summer, the prediction that she would open her own space was fortuitously timed. But Cluley had been busy lining up her own stars for a few years.

"Two to three years ago, I wouldn't feel as ready as I feel now," Cluley says by phone Tuesday afternoon. "Different things aligned personally. I had been building a relationship with Trinity Groves. There's a nice energy percolating over there."


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