There is a phenomenon known as “phantom limb,” which describes the experience of some amputees who continue to sense a missing arm or leg. Scientifically, it’s related to muscle memory, but it’s a poignant illustration of how our minds sometimes cope with loss by imagining the continued existence of something now absent. Artists Jimmy Baker and Matthew Hillock cast a new light on this idea with the collaborative exhibition Phantom Eye, which is meant to explore ways we see and understand loss, relating it to imagination and memory. Baker creates multimedia works on canvas to add layers to narratives, while Hillock uses GIFs, screenprinted silks and prints on Dibond to offer shards of personal stories. See it in an opening reception at Zhulong Gallery (1302 Dragon St.) from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, or through September 11. Admission is free. More at zhulonggallery.com.
Alan & Michael Fleming
There is perhaps no collaborative team more qualified to explore the nuance of subjectivity and objectivity in human existence, especially as it relates to individuality and connection, than Alan & Michael Fleming. These 30-year-old twins have been artistic partners for a decade and they’ve spent much of it asking questions like, “How does synergy unfold between separate individuals?” and, “How can you make transparent the invisible bonds that manifest through collaboration?” In their newest exhibition, Gemini , which opens at Cydonia Gallery (167 Payne St.) at 6 p.m. Friday, the twins explore these questions further in a selection of old and new works. At 11 a.m. Saturday, they’ll enact a performance in Klyde Warren Park (2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway.). Admission to both events is free. More at cydoniagallery.com.
Favio Moreno: Grotesque Beauty
Favio Moreno has a grasp on color like no one else in this city. His unique visual language combines interests in painting and printmaking in ways that are at once rebellious and alluring. The Dallas-based artist claims influences from Latin and American culture, but he’s blended them in a way that’s all his own. Once you see a Moreno piece you’ll quickly recognize his work upon your next encounter, and yet, no two Morenos are alike. See his latest work in , a solo exhibition at The Public Trust, 2271 Monitor St. The opening reception will take place from 6- 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. More at thepublictrust.com.
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Trey Egan: wise with the feeling
Do certain songs move you? Or maybe there’s a beat that inspires you? For artist Trey Egan it’s progressive trance and electronic beats, which he uses to create a certain energy in his paintings. He describes it as a stimulator for his artistic synapse. Maybe his paintbrush is dancing to the music, because the paintings that develop are groovy. Check out his luminous abstractions in his second solo exhibition at Cris Worley Fine Arts (1845 Levee St., No. 110) in an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. More at crisworleyfinearts.com.
Lisa Siders: When the Light Shines I'm Overcome
When Lisa Siders lost her only child at just 13 years old. As a way to cope, she found herself walking through cemeteries, where she found artificial flowers swept away by the wind from their intended loved ones. She describes finding them covered in mud or shredded by the blades of lawn mowers, and she began collecting them, washing them, pressing them and sewing them into collages that she then grew a salt crystal on. This new life she was able to give the objects of grief carried along her own journey. See the final installation during the opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at The Safe Room at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.