Whether you find yourself in the East Dallas, White Rock Lake or the Design District area Saturday night, there’s a show you’ll need to pop into. Starting at the Bath House Cultural Center, take in a view of Dallas’ most endangered spaces: architecture. The group show Vanishing Dallas brings to life those buildings seeking preservation. Photographers Lyndall Dyer, Bob Johnson, Gary Skotnicki, Nelson Spencer and Alan Whiteside focus their lenses on those beautiful structures that still exist, but might soon turn to rubble. Take in the experience during the show’s opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center, located at 521 E. Lawther Drive. Visit dallasculture.org/bathhouseculturalcenter. There’s a group show at 500X, and you’ll see the dueling power of weightlessness and gravity in oil paintings by Elaine Pawlowicz, who looks at nature’s vast underground systems. Irby Pace has been experimenting with the fleeting suspension of gas in his new photography series POP! by releasing canisters of colored smoke into otherwise traditional landscapes. You’ll also see new work by Benjamin Terry, who put on a helluva show at RO2 earlier this year. He’s playing with space, time and the transformation — and emotional blocking — of data in new mixed media on canvas pieces. The opening runs from 7 to 10 p.m., and the gallery is located at 500 Exposition Ave. Visit 500x.org. You’ll need to get over to Cris Worley Fine Arts (don’t forget it moved over to 1415 Slocum St. in the Design District) to witness the perplexing splendor of Soft Cell, the new solo show by sculpture artist William Cannings. It’s his first in Dallas since 2008, and he uses a metal melting process that results in his pieces having a visually weightless quality. Some appear to almost float while others rise up from the earth or latch onto walls. All are then coated in automotive gloss, just to mess with your head a little more. This opening runs from 6 to 8 p.m., so hit it up first. Visit crisworley.com.
Sat., Dec. 1, 2012