Satellites of Love, Sewn Hair and Heavy Hitters

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The Reading Room

3715 Parry Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Fair Park

In a city of staggered fall openings, blowing your art wad in one weekend is a rookie mistake. Hopefully you’ve saved a bit of room in your Franzia hump after last Friday and Saturday’s affairs because three shows now deserve your attention. Talley Dunn brings a double hit of Some New Paintings by Susie Rosmarin and Within & Beyond, which features more heavy hitters that we can remember on one ticket. On Rosmarin’s turf you’ll want to wear one of those balance-enhancing copper bracelets. Her experimental 3-D paintings pull you in and rattle your equilibrium. Over on Within’s side you’ll see work by Frank Gehry, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Frank Stella and more. Yes, you’re correct: That’s a very big deal. The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. and the show runs through October 26. Visit talleydunn.com. Rosemary Meza-DesPlas shows new work Saturday at Oak Cliff’s Mighty Fine Art (409A N. Tyler St.), in an exhibition called Armas Desnudas, or “naked guns.” (Sorry, Leslie Nielsen will not be in attendance.) The show looks at correlations between violence, sexiness and femininity through hair drawings, an installation and watercolor paintings. If you read that closely — and I’ll assume you didn’t, you saw the words “hair drawings.” That’s real. Meza-DesPlas sews her own human hair into rice paper, mylar and other canvases. This opening is from 6 to 9 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. poetry reading. See the show on Saturdays and Sundays until October 27. Visit mfagallery.com. One of the most interesting shows happening right now opens Saturday at Karen Weiner’s petite space, the Reading Room (3715 Parry Ave.). Following suit with the space’s theme of text and art cross-pollination, this new exhibition, Astreroid Belt of Trash Blocking Transmissions of Love, is the newest by The Art Foundation. Pulling thematically from Jonathan Lethem’s novel Chronic City, which you should go buy right now, the gallery transforms into a stretch of graffiti-tagged broadsides, or temporary construction walls. They’re slathered with postings, each a clue into both the project’s source material and broader references to a city caught uncomfortably in the middle of an artful growth spurt. Peer inside the provided peep holes and spy more as tigers, cityscapes and earth movers layer in Neapolitan-fashion along the back wall. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands. (You’ll see.) The opening reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and the exhibition, a tie-in with the Texas Biennial, stays up through November 2. Visit thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com.
Sat., Sept. 14, 2013
 
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