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Celebrate A New Year of Dallas Art On Saturday Night. Here's Who's Showing What.

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Holly Johnson Gallery Abandon your id and explore perilous bliss in Wanderings, Anna Bogatin's new series of paintings and works on paper. As meditative as they are consuming, these meticulously lined pages pull you in to a sensitive place, where tiny variations of hue and tone can be aptly explored, appreciated and wrestled with. While there, get a dose of logical juxtaposition in Jon Adelman's carry-over show, One of Two. Where Bogatin's marks open up the paper's space, Adelman's structured method brings it back to center, readying it for mental processing. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1411 Dragon St. Visit hollyjohnsongallery.com.

Conduit Past work by Conduit artist Justin Quinn has resembled everything from explorations in typeset to magical treasure maps and highly stylized cave drawings -- that's a rabidly diverse palette considering Quinn was using just one letter, "E," as his protagonist. For his new exhibition, Some Things Are Not Possible, he goes off the rails incorporating electrifying layers of color with text in hard-edged collages. He plays with watermarked memory through lithography. He abandons known mapped coordinates with mixed media. Hell, he even lets the rest of the alphabet back in. You'll also see Houseplants by Michael Mazurek, a show explained solely by a photo of a very common-looking potted plant. In the Project Room visit Bret Stewart's frankensteined sculpture works, The Toy Factory. Conduit's reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1626 C Hi Line Drive. Visit conduitgallery.com.

Gallery 500X You'll get four shows in one stop at our favorite artist-run co-op space at 500 Exposition Blvd., and each carries its own colorful thumbprint. Downstairs you'll visit photographer Diane Durant's newest show, She Wore Red, and while little information's been revealed about this particular exhibition, we fell in love with Durant's July offering at CentralTrak, Between Here and Cool. There, the artist and writer hit the gas, chugging through a rural road trip to and from Cool, Texas, documenting all the while. It was splendid. And the opening art for She Wore Red, Union Pacific 7355, Cool TX., seems cut from a similar threadworn cloth.

Saturate your eyes with Southern charm, then get weird with UNT adjunct Bernardo Cantu's Menudotron Surf Report from Lamborghini Beach dTX. These sculptural paintings blend political tensions from the Mexican/American border, pop culture imagery and a pivoted view of this space we all occupy, as told through geographically organized, painted textiles.

Upstairs is a group show by TWU grad students, and the project space offers Two Pad Stack, the tag-team work of Timothy Harding and Devon Nowlin. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m., so hit it last. Visit 500X.org.

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Jamie Laughlin
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