Times of late seem ripe for taking to the streets, and last weekend, two Dallas-area universities did exactly that, though not in protest.
The taken street wasDragon St., that unofficial Dallas arts district, and the venue featured two moving trucks posing as art galleries. Lights ablaze, the alternative art venues signaled a cooperative stance of community inclusion by the area’s commercial galleries. Embracing these temporary venues fosters a symbiotic relationship between the local rent paying, bricks-and-mortar galleries and the fresh ideas and exploration of energetic students. Capitalizing on the sustained efforts of the gallery owners to draw a crowd, the student-initiated projects also provide the district with a quirky spectacle and infectious enthusiasm while further bolstering the already significant cluster marketing.
Collaborative art piece created by Ian F. Thomas (Slippery Rock, PA) and Ryder Richards (Dallas, TX)
Accepted into “Push Play” for the NCECA 2012 Invitational in Seattle, Washington.
Curator: Linda Ganstrom, Director of NCECA Exhibitions
Culture Laboratory Collective exhibited at Box 13 Artspace, Houston, TX from Aug 6- Sep 10, 2011. “Response II: Noah Simblist” will be on display at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY from Sep 26-30, 2011 and at Slippery Rock University in PA in January 2012.
I curated the exhibit (or concept for the show.) For an outside influence I asked artist/writer Noah Simblist to compose a sentence from which we would make art: “I am writing this (self reflexive) sentence but it is writing you.”
Richland College’s Brazos Gallery presents the first collaborative effort of TBA. During a month long installation an 8’ crate will be transformed into a response to the uncertainties of nature. Stuffed with components salvaged from previous art works, the minimalist cube releases artistic detritus from which shelter and chaos may take form. The exhibition opens August 4th with a CLOSING RECEPTION on Wednesday, August 31st from 4-7 PM.
Eric Eley, John Frost, and Ryder Richards
Ro2 Art-Uptown, Dallas
3699 McKinney Ave
Aug. 13- 28, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 13th, 6-9 PM.
Artists Talk: Thursday, Sep 1, 6-7 PM.
Ro2 Art hosts “import” featuring recent Dallas imports Eric Eley, John Frost, and Ryder Richards. A similarity of refinement and intellectual consideration unites the drawings and sculptures of the three artists. The works will be on display at Ro2 Art’s new space, 6399 McKinney Ave. in the West Village. Join us for the opening reception Saturday, August 13th from 6-9 PM.
Gallery artist Ryder Richards invites contemporaries Eric Eley and John Frost to exhibit with him. Richards stated that after finding aesthetic commonalities in the works, further conversations revealed biographical commonalities: each artist recently moved-to or returned-to Dallas. “We are all in our thirties, educators, seriously working on an art career and introducing ourselves to the Dallas art community,” says Richards. “As such, the city plays a role in our continued development.”