The fall art season is upon us. Last weekend, a bevy of openings brought with it some fantastic art. This weekend, we have even more with numerous museum exhibits opening, as well as an array of gallery shows. This week, because one of the openings features an artist near and dear to me, I brought in arts writer Jeremy Hallock to help assemble this list of gallery shows to hit up this weekend.
Du Chau: Part of a Continuum
Du Chau is part artist part scientist part wizard. Just guessing about that last part. He uses his scientist's eye to his artistic practice, which usually fuses ceramics with wire in smart, captivating ways. Often serial in creation, his permutations build a larger organic piece of work, separable parts forming an intricate environment. In his solo exhibition at Liliana Bloch Gallery, he merges daily activities with memories of early childhood. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. More at lilianablochgallery.com.
Converge at WAAS Gallery
Friday night, WAAS Gallery celebrates its 4th anniversary in Dallas. In that time, Brandy Adams has earned her gallery a reputation for presenting work that is thoughtful, yet unconventional. Her approach to the space is to fill it with art that has a purpose, with recent shows exploring ideas of isolation and the prevailing problem of "FOMO," or fear of missing out. This weekend, she opens the gallery for an anniversary party Friday night. There will be performances from electronic group Uptown Goths, hip-hop artist That Kid Cam, and a screening of "She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” at 9:45 p.m., a documentary about the birth of the women’s liberation movement in the 1960’s by Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy. There will also be an art sale of many of the gallery's roster artists that continues from noon - 5 p.m. Saturday. More at waasgallery.com.
Strange Places: Cathey Miller and Mark S. Nelson
Two artists with a keen interest in otherworldly subject matter come together for an exhibition at Ro2 Art this weekend. Mark S. Nelson creates landscapes of recognizable but confused objects, while Cathey Miller creates portraits that are at once psychedelic and at home. See the alien objects and strange places in an opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Ro2 Art.
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Francisco Moreno: Slates
Francisco Moreno’s Slates is somewhat of a large-scale version of his three-year project, “Painting Debt,” a series of small paintings made to help payoff student loans. Within that series he sometimes makes groups of works that share certain themes. He wanted to keep that conceptual framework for this exhibit, which has 14 bodies of work, with 5 works in each body. Using many different materials, Moreno seems to wrestle with what is and is not considered a painting.The only format here is the painting’s size: four- by three-foot. Moreno’s idea for this show is deceptively simple, but masterfully executed. There will be 70 pieces in this exhibit. See <i>Slates</i> at Erin Cluley Gallery in an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. -Jeremy Hallock
Since 2012, Arthur Peña’s paintings have been “attempts” caught in action. Painting with no sense of success or failure, this approach allowed him to avoid being too concerned with right or wrong. But “Attempt 139,” the sole work for Peña’s “Soliloquy” exhibit seems to be a departure. Peña has spent weeks working on this painting in order to have it completed by the reception at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Public Trust, 2271 Monitor St. Peña considers “Attempt 139” to be his most direct and communicative painting. On the surface it lights up a room, a colorful painting that almost looks like an enormous box of candy. But it has manic undertones and the image is a mesmerizing field that seems to create shapes only long enough for them to disappear. This painting is about the ephemeral nature of existence. -Jeremy Hallock