SOLILOQUY: Jason Salavon at The Public Trust
2271 Monitor St.
The SOLILOQUY series puts the focus of an entire art gallery on one work of art for a month. Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Though formally varied, his projects frequently manipulate the roles of individual elements arranged in diverse visual populations. This often unearths an unexpected pattern as the relationship between the part and the whole, the individual and the group, is explored. Reflecting a natural attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work regularly incorporates the use of common references and source material. The final compositions are exhibited as art objects, such as photographic prints and video installations, while others are presented as real-time software. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The exhibit runs through June 19. For more info, visit trustthepublic.com.
Capable Looking at Erin Cluley Gallery
414 Fabrication St.
Rachel Livedalen’s solo show features prints, works on paper and sculptural objects presented as a commentary on contemporary girl culture and historical idealized femininity. Greco-Roman artifacts combined with the 1990s Girl Power aesthetic and colors create a dense and complicated visual history. Livedalen encourages viewers to reconsider ideas of girlhood through the use of cultural symbols, icons and mythologies. The veiled connections between these cultural connotations are emphasized both metaphorically and physically within the body of work. The layering effect between appropriated imagery and colorful superimposed marks creates a reflection of the cultural representations defining womanhood. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The exhibit runs through June 11. For more info, visit erincluley.com.
This Place at Liliana Bloch Gallery
2271 Monitor St.
This new exhibit of images from Leigh Merrill examines the construction of desire, fiction and beauty in an urban landscape. Merrill explores cities and neighborhoods by making thousands of videos, recordings and photographs. She then uses this source material to assemble imaginary spaces. Embellished scenes circulate around a small detail, creating hyperbole. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The exhibit runs through June 18. For more info, visit lilianablochgallery.com.
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User’s Guide To Family Business at Beefhaus
833 Exposition Ave.
For nearly a decade, Emily Peacock has collaborated with her family to create videos, photographs and installations that deal largely with her relationships and adolescence in Texas. In her solo exhibition User's Guide to Family Business, Peacock continues to explore these subjects thoughtfully and with humor. The exhibit's opening reception is from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
The Enigma of Divination at The Grackle Art Gallery
4621 El Campo Ave., Fort Worth
Dennis Gonzalez, who is also a trumpet player known well for his family band, Yells at Eels, will be performing with a group called Ataraxia and displaying his new large works on paper. His artwork is a mix of cultural icons and mystical symbols presented with vibrant colors on black backgrounds. These rich tableaux appear to contain ancient messages. View the exhibition from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, May 14. For more info, visit grackleartgallery.com.