Concealed Fauna at The Public Trust
2271 Monitor St.
Through July 30
Do not miss this unique show with works priced to sell at The Public Trust. Daria Lapto is a sculptor based in Ulyanovsk, Russia. Her figurative sculptures are both sweet and feral in nature, often combining childlike human characteristics with animal forms, all of which are supremely detailed in their construction and entirely handmade by the artist. With over 20 pieces, this is Lapto's U.S. debut solo exhibition. Enjoy having a look and good luck getting your hands on one of these after pre-sales. More info at trustthepublic.com.
Rebecca Warren: The Main Feeling at Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St.
Through July 17
With arranged vitrines and standing figures that look like Alberto Giacometti sculptures that are colorful and more abstract, this show is well worth your time. The exhibit features 10 years of sculptural innovation and it is absolutely free. Warren is a British artist restlessly exploring existing histories and languages of art. Here she is captured in a pivotal transitional phase characterized by increasingly abstract style and the use of softer materials such as clay, steel and bronze. The DMA was also the first museum in the country to commission a sculpture from Warren, who was inducted into Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts in 2014. “Pas de Deux” (Plaza Monument) is the inaugural sculpture in a series of site-specific works located in the museum’s new Eagle Family Plaza. More info at dma.org.
Adela Andea: Rappel at Cris Worley Fine Arts
1845 E. Levee St., Suite 110
Through September 3
Known for innovative light installations that create an all-encompassing visual and temporal experience, Romanian-born artist Adela Andea constructs futuristic forms and environments. Combining materials such as magnifying lenses, LED lights, flex neon and power sources with organic motifs, her inspirations are almost always derived from science. But this show examines artistic aspirations of luxury and reinterprets them through a technological lens. With electrical light sources and hand cut, gold, reflective plastics, Andea speaks to current cultural modes of expression while simultaneously nodding to their historical roots. More info at crisworley.com.
Paper Weight at Conduit Gallery
1626 Hi Lane Drive, Suite C
6 p.m. Saturday
Artist Stephen Lapthisophon gathers meanings and associations from found objects, written texts and sound recordings of personal, cultural and social history. Lapthisophon's work includes site-specific installations, radio broadcasts, books, lectures and drawings improvised on walls and framed for exhibitions. For this group show, Lapthisophon curated works on paper from several of his students from UTA and SMU. More info at conduitgallery.com.
3rd Annual Poetry N Fireworks at Ash Studios
3203 Ash Lane
7 p.m. Monday
The uninitiated must wonder how Darryl Ratcliff reads poetry in front of an audience. He will have a flower sticking out of a button hole in his jacket, no question. But can he get all the way through a poem without unleashing that amazing laugh? For the third straight year, Ash Studios will host this Fourth of July event of poetry reading. Have a poem you want to read? Bring it. The beatnik in you will love having improvised musical accompaniment from none other than Spencer Kenney, the young musician known for his own strange experimental music as well as his work in local bands. This is not a curated event. With Ash Studios in close proximity to Fair Park, there will be a great view of the fireworks. More info at ashstudios.org.
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