Art these days takes two forms: art for rich people who like standing around in quiet galleries contemplating the meaning behind some tortured, dead person's efforts at making squiggly paint lines--it always helps if there's some kind of exhibit or gallery opening wherein said rich folk get free booze--and the kind of art that pushes boundaries, makes people feel actual emotions and often elicits a cry of "WTF?!" StayBite: Modes of Operation, a new exhibit at the University of Texas at Dallas, is decidedly in the second category. We know because we can't understand a word its curators are saying. According to the UTD folk, the show "concentrates on context-based and process-focused practices that consider new territories for artistic and collaborative activity," and includes clowns. The artists hail from Southern California and Tijuana and are all about doing some crazy shit to paradigms. Whatever happens, we're pretty sure it's not going to be standing in a room and looking at a painting. The exhibit runs through February 21 at the UTD visual arts building, 800 W. Campbell Road in Richardson. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Visit
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 23. Continues through Feb. 21, 2009


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