In a conversation with gallerist Brian Gibb, he shared that one of his biggest professional regrets was a missed chance for The Public Trust to be the first exhibitor of a now big-name artist. It's one of the reasons he pounced on collaborative photographers, Kasumi Chow and Desiree Michelle Espada. These two artist create staged photographs rich with complicated, colorful narrative. One of their pieces to display in a gallery was in the recent Public Trust re-opening at the new location, 2271 Monitor St. Don't miss your chance to see these super cool works by two emerging artists in their first exhibition, Truly, Madly, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, or during regular gallery hours, noon- 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, or noon – 6 p.m. Saturdays, through June 20. More at trustthepublic.com.
Collaborative artists / band, MSHR creates sculptural synthesizers, ritualistic performances and installations derived from an interest in the exploration of the human as it relates to sound and light. This shit looks crazy. They'll be performing at 8 p.m. Friday at OFG.XXX (209 S. Peak St.). Admission is free. More at ofg.xxx.
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Dallas-based visual artist Francisco Moreno must've pulled the lucky toothpick, as he provides only local art component. His project is part large-scale painting and part automotive performance. Interested in themes of American imagery, he has re-conceived the Emanuel Leutze painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware," in abstract language, employing the World War II tactic of painting boats in dazzle camouflage. He's then installed a monstrous engine inside a 1975 Datsun Z, and his brother will perform doughnuts in the car in front of his painting. It is a commentary on growing up Mexican-American, but it sounds like it's going to be really freaking cool. See it in performance at 8 p.m. Saturday in the green warehouse in Trinity Groves (2900 Bataan St.). Admission is free.
SHAPES zines Pop-Up Shop
Late last year Dallas-based artist and shape expert Randy Guthmiller announced he would starting a zine publishing house. These days, in addition to publishing his own zine, SHAPES, he also publishes a handful of artist who create concepts, or a series of art that is then transferred into the tangible, yet ephemeral small publications known as zines. It's a little bit less DIY, and a little bit more "let Randy do it." He even let me make one. This weekend, he unveils the projects at the Reading Room (3715 Parry Ave.) from 2-7 p.m. Saturday. More at thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com.
One Month in Dallas
Germany-based artist Reinhold Engberding's latest project is something between found object art and adopt-a-highway clean up initiative. For the past month, he has been exploring Dallas by bike and on foot collecting our detritus. He's washed these items, cared for them, and he has now arranged them based on where he found them in a sort of visual map on the walls of Beefhaus, 833 Exposition Ave. See the exhibition in an opening reception from 4-7 p.m. Saturday.