Four Must-See Dallas Art Openings

As Fort Worth celebrates its annual Fall Gallery Walk — a magical, lengthy day when art spaces filled with new work stay open from noon to dusk — Dallas is again left to fend for itself. The Design District shakes off its summer break with the standard three-hour art window Saturday. Do not panic: We’re here to help. Begin at Conduit (1626 C Hi Line Drive) where local art educator, thinker and writer Stephen Lapthisophon opens a solo show called Sphere. You’ll get a whole room of his paintings, which blend reused products like bacon fat, coffee grounds and eggshells with first-run media like spray paint to create controlled but unpredictable works. They’re stunning in their sophistication and charming in their messiness, and since Lapthisophon will have a solo show at the DMA next month, shouldn’t you see him now, in this intimate environment? Yes, of course you should. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit conduitgallery.com. Next, run over to Red Arrow Contemporary (1130 Dragon St., Suite 110). That’s where you’ll find a four-way discussion on power politics and gender identity, argued by Libby Row, Colette Copeland, Gabriel Martinez and Angela Fraleigh in The Sweetest Taboo. You’ve seen Copeland’s Victorian lady brutes pop up on LCD screens at 500X and on a projector at Dallas VideoFest. Here they’ll get more breathing room (should those corsets allow it). Meanwhile, Martinez flips the gaze onto men in peril, Fraleigh calls dibs on presenting the gender divide with collage-style painting, and Row brings the humorous side of ’50s domesticity to the forefront with selections from her series “Pink.” This one goes from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit redarrowcontemporary.com. Pick-and-roll over to Circuit 12 (1130 Dragon St., Suite 150) for TRIPPER, a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Josh Reames, whose work was a stand-out in the gallery’s 2012 group show, White Noise. Still on the fence? Here are a few words from the exhibition’s description paragraph: LSD, vacation, ego, Sphinx, ZZ Top. Perfect. You’ll check it out from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit circuit12.com. Close the night out at 500X (500 Exposition Ave.) for its opener, The Members Show. That’s where you’ll find the rascally talent roster of Bernardo Cantu, Colette Copeland, Diane Durant, Michael Francis, Timothy Harding, Clayton Hurt, Joel Kiser, Shelby David Meier, Bruce Monroe, Chancellor Page, Elaine Pawlowicz, Irby Pace, John Alexander Taylor and Giovanni Valderas, all of whom will keep 500X running for another great year. The Members Show is a must-see, both to familiarize yourself with the artist-run gallery’s current lineup and to find inventive new stuff you haven’t noticed before. Check it out from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit 500x.org.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Oct. 5, 2013

 
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