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Jim Public Put His Work on an Art Truck and is Rolling into the Design District

With the advent of food trucks in DFW and the subsequent craze -- the will there/won't there be a food-truck court suspense rivals the Rachel and Ross chemistry that we all apparently cared about before television ditched the scripts and got "real" -- it seems that almost anything can and will be improved by tossing it on wheels and rambling it around.

Why stop at food? Why not put dentists, Hermès boutiques, strippers and evangelists in a truck bed and make it happen all over this town! Exactly, thought Dallas artist Jim Hough, better known by the pseudonym, Jim Public. So Saturday, during the Design District Gallery Day, the eponymous Public will debut his Truck, a mobile art gallery, which he hopes will help rewrite the rules of contemporary art exhibition.

Jim Public's Truck is set to arrive on Dragon Street at 5 p.m., and his inaugural exhibition, Jormungand Releases His Tail, will hang on traditional white box walls, in the bed of a 2001 Chevy Silverado and within a single parking space.

Featuring contemporary abstract expressionism, Jormungand opens in conjunction with exhibitions by 12 established (aka "stationary") galleries as part of the all afternoon affair, kicking off at noon and flanked by -- you guessed it -- a few of Dallas' finest food trucks.

It's about eschewing the idea of physical stasis, and all the formality that comes with it, in the concept of artistic exhibition, Public says.

"Any place where I can legally park can now be the site of an art exhibition," he says. "I'm not reinventing the wheel, just putting a gallery on it."

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Brentney Hamilton