Money talks, or so says Martin Iles, artist/spokesman for Denton-based Good/Bad Art Collective, of the group's decision to divert from its usual "one-night-only" format for a monthlong installation at the University of Texas at Dallas' gallery. Good/Bad's cadre of conceptualists received $1,500 to create "Sweet Movie," a multimedia installation on a dinner-party theme incorporating more than a dozen video sources and related perishable items. Someone's bound to hurl. This is only the second time Good/Bad's gone outside the single-night approach, Iles says. "We still believe in the opening-night bang," and the 6:30 p.m. kickoff at UTD on September 4 will be a night to remember. Good/Bad's installation kicks off UTD's fall gallery season and is the first confirmation that the university is earnestly seeking to revitalize its narcoleptic gallery space.
Art for dummies
Look for a Dallas edition of Houston's 2-year-old Canvas art magazine by September 15, not on newsstands, but free in Dallas galleries. Publisher and editor Rainey Knudsen says Canvas puts out three issues a year with stories for the not-necessarily-art-knowledgeable. "Your average person out there doesn't know that much about art, and isn't interested in academic or critical writing about it," Knudsen says, explaining the magazine's slant toward the mainstream. Canvas is published by Houston's Pinnacle Publications, and Knudsen says she launched the idea that began as a business-school project when she was in college. If nothing else, we'll learn more about the Houston art scene. For starters, Knudsen says some feature articles will double up in both the South Texas and North Texas versions.
The anti-Marlboro man
A funny thing happened to Broose Dickinson after he ditched the Dallas art and music scene to seek his fortune, and regain his sanity, he says, in New York City. Dickinson, of TOOMuchTV and recently featured in a solo art show at Deep Ellum Center for the Arts, found himself being seriously considered as the "Pall Mall Man," an ad agency's idea of a hip, creative version of the old "Marlboro Man." The self-described scrawny Dickinson was the against-type, hometown favorite among the front-runners, called back with a handful of buff male models. "I didn't get the gig," Dickinson says from NYC. "I'm surprised I was seriously considered. The only drawback is it would have been serious income -- $2,500 per day for three days."