In Dallas, the closing out of the holidays is accompanied by an artful renewal. Saturday evening, nearly every CADD Gallery in town presents its fresh collection of seasonal work. Here’s a quick guide to a few favorites from that massive list, and visit Mixmaster, the Dallas Observer’s art and culture blog, for a comprehensive rundown of Saturday’s shows. Photographs Do Not Bend (1202 Dragon St., Suite 103) gives us unity through voyeurism in a lifetime assemblage of clothesline photos by New York artist John Albok. Beginning in the 1930s and moving airily through time, the series is snapped from the rear of his tailor shop and home on Madison Avenue. We see connectivity in isolation in these black and whites. And with many dated to the Great Depression era, we also get a peek at iconic New York landmarks, shrouded in others’ laundry. Clothesline opens from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit pdnbgallery.com. Galleri Urbane Dallas (2277 Monitor St.) flosses its East Texas ties with abstract contemporary work by former Chinati artist-in-residency Gail Peter Borden. While seemingly direct, there’s nothing simple about these paintings. Borden is the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at the University of Southern California, and that understanding of an angle’s ability to span time and build drama is decidedly present in these works. You’ll also find yourself enamored with the artist’s division of hues, which nod both to the East Texas sunset and the warm glow of SoCal. Surface Structures opens from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visit galleriurbane.com. Holly Johnson Gallery (1411 Dragon St.) shows off Texas artist Randy Twaddle and his unusual approach to capturing beauty where others see eyesores. Twaddle likes those points of friction where industry and technology intersect, like electrical transformers and their outstretched circuit line tentacles. He’s been giving them voice in a new approach by blending brush-applied ink and coffee stains. The two media work to corral one another while creating tension within the works on paper. Randy Twaddle: New Drawings opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit hollyjohnsongallery.com. If you get nowhere else, check out the new shows by Robert Jessup and Rosalyn Bodycomb at Conduit Gallery (1626C Hi Line Drive). The latter’s oil paintings are a lively look at an unknowing audience in her new exhibition, Cassandra — although one, of a rowboat blanketed with a yellow tarp and floating isolated in a dark harbor, chills me to my bones. There’s a childlike joy to Jessup’s Pictures and Stories, a collection of oils on canvas, that will leave you hungry for ice cream and mom hugs. These shows open from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit conduitgallery.com.
Sat., Jan. 12, 2013