Missed Connections and Memory

When you’ve finished swimming in the Dumpster pool over at the Dallas Contemporary, wring yourself out, then drip over to the Design District and Oak Cliff for Saturday night’s art opening events. You’ll start off on Dragon Street, where the summer’s heat has cleared the way for experimentation. At Photographs Do Not Bend (1202 Dragon St., Suite 103) there’s a dark roomless world as the gallery shakes out Fun Show II, its second offering of collectibles that have no connection to photography. It’s weird and has an estate-sale vibe, offering everything from an Eames-style lounger and ottoman to riding boots, sculptures and throwback toy robots. It’s up until August 31. Visit pdnbgallery.com. You’ll want to visit Circuit 12 (1130 Dragon St., Suite 150) for its latest installment of Regional Quarterly, the gallery’s series dedicated to Texas talent. In this run you’ll see Repetition. Ritual. Memory, a two-man show by Dallas artists Kendra Briscoe and Marilyn Jolly. They’ll present their own interpretations of home, comfort and familiarity while drawing from sculpture and painting. This exhibition runs until September 3, with an opening reception on Saturday happening from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit circuit12.com. Hop over to Red Arrow Contemporary (1130 Dragon St., Suite 110) for A Momentary Glitch in Transitional Spaces, where artists H. Jennings Sheffield and Gissette Padilla shuffle time’s folds via layered images and projections. Here you’ll wander these artificial catacombs of perceived past in the now, portaling yourself into the installation. It’s up until August 31, and the opening reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit redarrowcontemporary.com. Just across the road at Cohn Drennan (1107 Dragon St.) you’ll find a heavily populated talent pool at the group exhibition Summer Camp. There you’ll see work by more than a dozen artists from the gallery’s stable presenting across the spectrum of media. Surely you’ll find something to love. This show stays up until August 31, and is viewable during the gallery’s reduced summer hours: noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The opening reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit cohndrennancontemporary.com. The night’s most anticipated opening happens in the evening’s smallest space, so mind your manners and keep the pushies at bay when you visit Sally Glass’ solo exhibition, Am I Still Ill, at the Safe Room (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.). In the upstairs gallery of Oak Cliff’s Texas Theatre you’ll see life’s missed connections relayed through video, photography, sound and more as Glass appropriates the space for an intimate tale. For her first solo show in two years the artist highlights those moments of failure in both the concrete — structural, architectural — and the more abstract divisions of memory, thought, theory and language. She’ll express points of misalignment in text and sound, and in turn reveal the beauty that sits along its crested gullies. This gallery is miniature and the guest list is obscenely large, so do everyone a solid and wear that deodorant. This opening runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and that lobby bar is open all night, baby. Visit thetexastheatre.com.
Sat., Aug. 10, 2013
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