Dollars and Crawlers

Two exhibitions near their end at Conduit

Road trips are usually seen as some kind of party-on-wheels for the young folks, with crazy driving and lots of stops for hard partyin'. But, behind all that, there lies something deeper in the undertaking of such a journey. It's a sense that, whatever you may encounter or discover on the road, you're also discovering something that lies only within yourself. Plus, calling shotgun! Born-and-bred Texan artist Johnny Robertson explores the concept of a journey in his latest exhibition, Twenty Hong Kong Dollars, on display at Conduit Gallery, 1626-C Hi Line Drive. Robertson uses various media in the show, including a 30-hour, real-time video of the drive from his home in Celina, Texas, to Los Angeles. Also currently featured at the gallery is a series of works by Robert Jessup called Creatures. For me, it's as if Jessup reached straight into my nightmares and pulled out the freakiest, most terrifying things imaginable. Yet, at the same time, some of them are sort of cute. Jessup's creatures were inspired by paintings by Bosch, Goya and Velasquez, which he viewed on a recent trip to the Prado Museum in Madrid. Both exhibitions end Saturday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 214-939-0064 or visit conduitgallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 21. Continues through March 21, 2009
 
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