5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

 Professior R. Mutt and his Duchampaphones
It's impossible to pinpoint where an idea comes from. What compels one person to creatively rethink something that's come before? Why would a guy masquerading as "Professor R. Mutt" look at the bicycle wheel sculpture by Duchamp — the artist to whom his name is an homage — and think, "By golly, wouldn't it be great if these were instruments?" Who knows! But he did and the results are strange to say the least. He'll be performing on his Duchampaphones amidst Chaos, Ro2 Art's annual, massive group show. See the performance and the artwork at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Demonstrations will continue through 5 p.m. More at ro2art.com. 

David Everett & Jim Woodson
Tucked into a residential North Dallas neighborhood sits one of the city’s oldest and finest art galleries. Surrounded by acres of lush greenery and a small babbling brook, Valley House Gallery feels like an escape from the expansive swathes of concrete that comprise the rest of the city. This weekend, the gallery opens two exhibitions by Texas-based artists, one by sculptor David Everett and another by painter Jim Woodson. Both promise a unique perspective on Texas’ landscape. See them in an opening reception from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Valley House Gallery, 6616 Spring Valley Road. Admission is free. More information at valleyhouse.com. 

Pop-up Exhibition: Heyd Fontenot
The man behind CentralTrak has some pretty great art up his sleeves, or rather, up the sleeves of his friends. Known for drawing portraits of his friends in the buff, Fontenot's work is cheeky and fresh. He's putting some of it on display in a weekend-long exhibit at Conduit Gallery. Stop by the space from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday to see his latest work. 

Luc Fuller & Nicholas Guttlund
Luc Fuller is a Denmark-based painter; Nicholas Gottlund is a Los Angeles-based photographer. This weekend they are having a collaborative exhibition at OFG.XXX (formerly known as Oliver Francis Gallery). Swing through the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. BYOB. 

Does anyone else feel lame for liking Chihuly so much? I do. It's just not cool in the art world to like his glass sculptures. Maybe it's because they've become ubiquitous. And sure, the show at Talley Dunn opening this weekend features another garden variety Chihuly, but I just can't help it. Whether it was the Aboretum's hail-proof Chihuly exhibit a few years back, or his museum in Seattle, if I have a chance to see some of the monumental glass art coming from his studio (he doesn't make any of it himself anymore due to an eye injury), I'm going.  From 5- 8 p.m. Saturday, stop by the opening reception for an exhibition of Chihuly at Talley Dunn Gallery (5020 Tracy St.). The exhibition runs in conjunction with Ted Kincaid's solo exhibition, Monday's Romance Is Tuesday's Sad Affair. See the work through October 24. More at talleydunn.com.

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