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 gallery

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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Who Would Want to Visit Dallas in August? Artists, Apparently.

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Dallas is the city everyone wants to leave. Well, artists at least. Most people dream of Los Angeles or New York City, or maybe Chicago. But the widely-belief is that anywhere is better than this city, especially during August.

Take Sally Glass, for example, who earned her MFA at UTD and is about to uproot herself and take all those hard-earned letters to Houston. Before she steals away, she's left us with a promise of collaborating across I-45, and this weekend she's curated one last exhibition: Personal Fantasies, LLC.

This two-part exhibition starts as visual display at Beefhaus Gallery Saturday night, followed by a performance at OFG.XXX (formerly known as Oliver Francis Gallery) Sunday. Oh, and she's united the more desirable parts of the country by featuring bicoastal artists.

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Houston Artists Invade Oak Cliff for Draped Up & Dripped Out

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Giovanni Valderes
A visit to Jane Eifler's studio.
What's that saying about tides and ships? As the arts scene in Texas swells, the opportunity for cross-city collaboration. Whether it be sending Dallas artists to Austin, or bringing Houston artists here, as is the case with Draped Up & Dripped Out, which opened at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center this weekend.

This two-part exhibition features 25 contemporary Houston-based artists, introducing Dallas audiences to the zeitgeist of our Southern neighbors, without the humidity. Work on display spans from abstract painters like Jane Eifler to the conceptual photography of Emily Peacock (recently seen in Dallas as part of Deep Ellum Windows). Peacock's won't be the only locally recognized name, as other participants in the exhibition include Kristen Cliburn, recently exhibited at Cris Worley Fine Arts, and Julon Pinkston, who had a piece in the CHAOS! show at Ro2 Art.


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Dallas Museum of Art Painting Vacations in the Big Apple, as part of Art Everywhere

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Dorothy has a feeling she's not in Dallas anymore...

Even paintings need to get out town for the summer. If you are driving through Dallas during the month of August, you might notice a few luminaries stopping by for a visit. Willem de Kooning is splitting time between Oak Cliff and the Cedars; Edward Hicks found a Peaceable Kingdom in Grand Prairie. Both Jasper Johns and Winslow Homer holed up in Arlington (sports fans?). It's all part of Art Everywhere, which launched Monday, replacing billboards, movie theaters advertisements, and wrapping buses in American paintings.

It's not just Dallas, either. With roughly 50,000 displays spread throughout the 50 states, pieces from the DMA collection visit Manhattan streets (like John Singer Sergeant's Dorothy (above)) and paintings from Los Angeles stretch across New Mexico billboards. This collaboration between Outdoor Advertising Association of America and five major of the country's major museums is a concerted effort to put American art in front of American eyes outside of the museum. The 58 works - chosen through a public vote earlier this summer - were selected from the DMA, the Art Institute of Chicago; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


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Explore the Unknown this Weekend in The Safe Room at the Texas Theatre

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Melissa Dickenson
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When you walk up the secret staircase at the front of the lobby of the Texas Theatre, you'll be taken up to a room with a simple, small window and a strange looking safe. This is The Safe Room. At different times throughout the year, it is made to look like a scene out of Twin Peaks, but when David Lynch moves out, the space is a contemporary art gallery.

Lauren Gray runs one of the coolest galleries that you've probably never been to. But what's stopping you? It's inside the infamous Texas Theatre, a venue that shows movies on 35mm film, hosts rad concerts behind the screen, is a stomping ground for George Quartz and his merry band of misfits. And this weekend, tucked away up the secret staircase, you'll find the work of artist Melissa Dickenson in an exhibition titled, Portal.


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Take a Deep Dive into Performance Art with (Wo)manorial's New Exhibition Inside)(Outside

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Inside)(Outside opens online Sunday at midnight.

Technically, a museum is a building. Attendants patrol the halls to protect the art, the white walls offer a distraction-free setting to look at paintings, which curators position and explain on placards, giving visitors an organized, insightful experience of an exhibition. But art -and the experience of it - has never been limited to a trip to the museum and in the information age, the Internet expands artistic output like never before.

One such output, with strong Dallas ties is that of (wo)manorial, an art collective that functions as an online exhibition hall for artists considered with issues of gender, the female experience and the subject of femininity. Exhibiting online renders three-dimensional objects into 2-d visualizations; although you aren't allowed to touch the art in museums, it's there just inches from your fingertips.

A new online exhibition, Inside)(Outside, exploring international variations of performance art concerned with topics of gender opens on the Web site, Sunday at midnight. Curated by local artists, Courtney Brown and Allison Starr, known collectively as Performance SW, the work exhibited is meant to challenge the ephemeral nature of performance art, as well as the performative nature of gender roles. And come August 16, participating artists will visit Oak Cliff in the flesh for what Brown calls a "Deep dive into performance art."

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Alika Herreshoff on his Addiction to Painting: the Discipline That's "Died so many Deaths"

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Alika Herreshoff is addicted to painting. It's the art form he can't let go of and he's not planning to try anytime soon.

In the early 2000's, Herreshoff was a member of Dearraindrop, an art collective that was based at that time in Virginia Beach. He worked alongside the other members to create works with different forms of media, using an aesthetic he describes as "a tidal wave of psychedelic and cartoon imagery."

Today, Herreshoff works alone. After traveling extensively and exhibiting throughout the world, his studio landed in Houston and he's earning a reputation as one of the notable painters in the state. Earlier this year, he was one of five Houston artists in a show at Ware:Wolf:Haus that was one of the better painting shows we've had this year, and certainly the most contemporary, which is where he connected with RE Gallery, which hosts his first Dallas solo exhibition this weekend.

His work in The Imp of the Perverse draws inspiration from literature to painting, to comics and psychology, referencing both Edgar Allan Poe and Rene Magritte. His use of vivid colors and fluid figures is tantalizing, which is why we wanted to peek into the studio. In anticipation of the opening at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, we chatted with Herreshoff about where he's from, how he uses inspiration, and what keeps him painting.

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