5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Categories: Visual Art

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Photo courtesy of Gray Matters

I've been slacking when it comes to seeing all the exhibitions happening in and around Dallas. I don't know if it's been the weather, or what you might call being in "a funk," but I'm slowly emerging from my shell to see everything out there. This list is a healthy mix of things I can promise are worth seeing from personal experience, as well as a few educated predictions for the weekend.


A Flexible Arrangement
Nathan Green has had a great year. This Dallas-based artist is showing throughout the city and the world, and is a name you need to know. This weekend, he flexes his curatorial muscles with a group exhibition that explores "the ways that a photograph can exaggerate, mask, and distort reality." He brings together the work of six artists, including Dallas-based Kevin Todora and several members of Austin-based collective Okay Mountain, of which Green is a member. See the work at Gray Matters (113 N. Haskell) during the opening reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

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John Alexander's Ridiculous, Sublime, and a Little Bit Creepy World at Meadows Museum

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John Alexander, "Sweet and Juicy," 2005

John Alexander nearly presses his nose against a charcoal image of a lobster and laughs when he says looking into the drawing's eyes reminds him of his dog. We're in the downstairs gallery where a series of drawings serve as a prelude to the exhibition at the Meadows Museum, Human/nature. The Ridiculous and Sublime: Recent Works by John Alexander. Alexander jokes in his rich Texan drawl that his assistant had to explain to him what "prelude" meant. Certainly these beautiful, mysterious charcoal drawings of deceptively simple subjects -- the lobster, an array of lily pads, a jellyfish and oyster shells -- set the tone for the paintings that follow.

If there's one thing to know about his exhibition at the Meadows Museum, it's that it's not a retrospective, although it smacks of one, with lovely details like the fact that Alexander worked at the Meadows during his graduate studies nearly 45 years ago when the museum was housed in the art school building. And it was in this very museum that he found lifelong inspiration from the masters, like Picasso and Goya. It may not be a survey of his career, but Human/nature gives an incisive look at a contemporary artist who uses his painterly technique to vivify fixations at once lucid and detached, hopeful and morbid. In these recent works he creates a dichotomous world of serene nature and turbulent humanity.


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5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

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Joy Laville, Chuck & George, and Flor Garduño
Three very different artists take over the McKinney Avenue Contemporary this weekend. Mexican-based artist Joy Laville's paintings return to Dallas for her first exhibition in 30 years, featuring work from five decades of painting. In the square gallery, Dallas-based collaborative duo Chuck and George create an immersive installation "channelling 1970s kitsch." In their crazy world you'll find tech pop microwaves filled with "turducken gravy boat, sweet piglet pussy pie, and melting parfaits of flattery, create a fantastical tower of lights." The press release describes it as comic and disturbing. There will also be a display of Flor Garduño's photography. Swing by the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the MAC (3120 McKinney Avenue) or see the work through May 9. Admission is free. More information at the-mac.org.

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Kevin Todora's Photography Exhibition At Erin Cluley Is One of the Best

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Courtesy Erin Cluley

Kevin Todora's photographs don't resemble any you've seen before. In fact, much of his work on display at Erin Cluley Gallery doesn't look like photography at all. The images suck you in with their 3-dimensional quality, compelling you to examine alongside Todora the boundaries of photography's language.


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The Dallas Museum of Art Is On Fire Right Now

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Courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
"The Wooden Skirt by Michaël Borremans

If you do only one thing on Sunday, visit the Dallas Museum of Art. You may very well need all day. Currently, in addition to its large permanent collection, the DMA has not one, not three, but five killer exhibitions.


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Pack Your Pillow and Sleeping Bag When You Go to the Galleries This Weekend

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Flckr/Donato Accogli

Have you ever wanted more from your visit to a gallery? A show that will make you feel invigorated or well rested? If you're able to sleep intimately with strangers on the questionably clean floor of a gallery space, you'll want to clear your schedule Friday night and head to Beefhaus in Exposition Park. Expanded Sleep: Performance for Somnolent or Sleeping Audience is an overnight music show during which more than 10 DFW musicians will perform while the audience snuggles into whatever sleeping bags and pillows they brought with them, hopefully even nodding off, allowing the music to seep into your ears while you sleep.


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5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Categories: Visual Art

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Mark Tribe
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Mark Tribe: New Landscapes
At the intersection of art and technology, the leading figure is Mark Tribe. An early adopter of new media, in 1996 Tribe started Rhizome.org as an online resource for anyone with similiar curiousity about how emerging technology affects culture. In his artistic practice, he's interested in using art and media to ignite conversations and change, often political. The upcoming exhibition at Zhulong Gallery, Mark Tribe: New Landscapes, will display a series of work interested in the environment and the changing human experience with nature. Large in scale, these pieces seek to explore the recreation of "untouched" landscapes in video games or virtual realities. His pieces will push the virtual back into the physical world through aerial photography in conversation with great masters of painting. There will be an artist talk at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. The show will remain on display through April 18 at Zhulong Gallery (1302 Dragon St.) More at zhulonggallery.com

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Before the Streets: In the Studio with Street Artist HG

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Kathy Tran

An artist's process starts long before he picks up a paintbrush, or in the case of HG, a can of spray paint. In her latest video, Kathy Tran stops by the studio to see what Dallas-based street artist HG is up to, capturing him as he tries things out, brain storms with paint, and discusses his work, his life, and his impressions of Dallas.

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5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

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Kirk Hopper Fine Art
Cutie & The Boxer
Artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara earned international acclaim for their 2013 documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which was nominated for an Academy Award. The film explored the couple's relationship and their artistic practices, following the way they've intertwined life and careers as Japanese artists living in America. Ushio works in painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture, and Noriko is best known for her "Cutie and Bullie" Series, which includes drawings, paintings and prints based on herself and Ushio. See their work at Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce St.) at the opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday or through April 11. More information at kirkhopperfineart.com.


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5 Art Exhibitions Events in Dallas to Attend This Weekend

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Dallas Medianale

There's not much in your way of typical exhibition openings, so you'll only see one of those on this list. If you're looking to get your art fix you'll have to be a bit more adventurous. Check out one of these five events to attend. We lead off with one recommended by Caroline North, who's been covering the Dallas Medianale during its inaugural run.

Dallas Medianale Finale: Existential Virtuality
It's almost time for Porky Pig, but not quite: There's one last Dallas Medianale event for your viewing pleasure. Carolyn Sortor has put together a closing program of seated screenings called "Existential Virtuality" for the experimental film festival and it starts at 5:45 p.m. Saturday at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (3120 McKinney Ave.). The evening will begin with a compilation screening, "Death, Desire + Commerce in 5-D," with a longer, 30-minute screening of My Barbarian following at 7:15 p.m. The compilation will repeat at 8:15 p.m., so you're set if you can't make it there early. There's also an after party to look forward to, the location of which will be disclosed at the event. Show up to say goodbye -- for now -- to one of the coolest things to happen in Dallas in recent memory. And don't be shy if this is your first Medianale event; at the very least it will give you a taste of what to expect from the Video Association of Dallas when they bring back Medianale and offer other awesome programming in the future. Admission is free, but make sure to RSVP to guarantee your spot. More info at videofest.org. - Caroline North


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