Bearings Down at The Goss-Michael Foundation
Paula Crown serves on President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities. Balancing traditional studio time while engaging technology, her art is about mapping experiences. Crown’s work centers on places and landscapes, exploring how they can exist as objects. This is an immersive installation with sound, performance and mark-making. Opening on Thursday at 5 p.m., Bearings Down will be the final exhibit at The Goss-Michael Foundation’s current location (1405 Turtle Creek Blvd). For more info, visit g-mf.org.
MTV RE:DEFINE at Dallas Contemporary
Returning for its fifth year, MTV RE:DEFINE is an enormous exhibition and auction. Curated by Neville Wakefield, it starts at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Contemporary (161 Glass St.) and brings together work from well-known and up-and-coming artists, both local and international. If you have six figures to spend, there will be art from Enoc Perez, Dan Colen and Bruce Weber. If a few thousand sounds more in your price range, there are some nice works from Rebecca Ward, Chris Cuffaro and Raul Cordero. Proceeds benefit the gallery and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, an HIV prevention charity. For more info, visit dallascontemporary.org.
Spontaneous Symmetry at 500x Gallery
One of Texas’ oldest artist-run, cooperative galleries will host a solo exhibit of new paintings by Denton artist Kate Colin. Her work is abstract, built with processes both systematic and unpredictable. As the title suggests, the work projects spontaneity, but also a sense of hyperactivity. Inspired by mathematical theories, infrastructure and nature, Colin’s paintings magnify opposing elements and capture complex hypothetical spaces. Spontaneous Symmetry opens at 12 p.m. Saturday and runs through May 1. For more info, visit 500x.org.
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Life Is a Gasssss at Erin Cluley Gallery
In an age of information overload, visual culture is dramatically altered. With attention spans diminishing, gratification has to be quick, and even icons struggle to remain relevant. Brooklyn-based mixed-media artist Oliver Clegg’s first solo exhibit in the U.S. will feature oil on canvas paintings depicting foil balloons, at Erin Cluley Gallery (414 Fabrication St.) from Saturday, April 9, to May 7. Deflated, but still floating, the balloons are shaped like pop icons including Bart Simpson and Bugs Bunny. In the center of the gallery, a big carrot will be suspended from a pole. On a mirror nearby, the name of this exhibit will run on an incessant loop: Life Is a Gasssss. Next door to the gallery in an annex, an illuminated disco ball will project the word “me” in an infinite prismatic dispersion on four walls while Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” plays at one-tenth speed. For more info, visit erincluley.com.
The Harvest Leisure at Cydonia
Drawing inspiration from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a wanderer of Romantic British literature, Glasgow-based multimedia artist Sybren Renema makes visual art out of poetic depictions of nature. Fascinated with artifacts and legends and obsessive about research and fieldwork, Renema examines how artistic objects endure and evolve through time. His exhibitions include discoveries and unearth alternative views of the world. Renema’s latest exhibit, The Harvest of Leisure, opens at Cydonia Gallery (167 Payne St.) on Saturday, April 9, and runs through June 4. Spliced mountain collages subtly dislocate landscapes and create new scenography. Disjointed neon texts of poetry evade meaning. At the center of the gallery, a floor installation comprised of 800 ceramic poppy buds cumulates in a summit. The result is a visual reimagining of a lofty mountaintop as axis mundi, corrupted toward a problematic but likewise fantastical state of being. For more info, visit cydoniagallery.com.