The Public Trust couldn't have chosen a more socially aware title than The New Deal: A Group Exhibition for the latest opening at the Deep Ellum gallery. But this isn't a collection of Depression-era work. The exhibit is a nod to the gallery's past and a glimpse of its future, says owner and director Brian Gibb. What that might mean may be discovered in Blakely Thomas Dadson's "Bring Down Babylon," an oil on panel taller than two full-grown men. Dragon-infested waters roil beneath opaque gray clouds; Babylon is brought low as a psychedelic rainbow bursts through the gloom behind a man in sunglasses one suspects is the effervescent Stevie Wonder. Dallas artist Brent Ozaeta's 16-foot installation of stark black and white copies itches for a kiss of similar color. Other participating artists include Steven Hopwood-Lewis, James Gilbert and Jeremy Smith. The New Deal: A Group Exhibition runs through Saturday, February 27, at The Public Trust, 2919-C Commerce St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. For more information, visit trusthepublic.com.
Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through Feb. 27, 2010