Solid Gold

The Public Trust has a great show on right now, which runs through January 17. For those not in the know, The Public Trust is a gallery that rose from the ashes of the celebrated Art Prostitute Gallery. Run by Brian Gibb, co-founder of Art Prostitute magazine, the gallery caters to collectors of all levels by showcasing emerging and established artists as well as offering limited-edition prints from many of the exhibiting artists. On Solid Ground: A Group Exhibition of Work by Kevin Bell, Colin Chillag, Christi Haupt and Steven Larson explores the idea of place and where the lines cross between that which is actual and imagined. Bell is a painter from the Northwest who does intimate studies involving the relationship of the man-made and the natural environments. Chillag paints complicated, comedic scapes, inserting familiar images into inconsistent motifs. South African-born Haupt's intricate drawings combine images of the natural and the thrown-together. And Larson paints images from realistic to cartoonish that bleed into one abstract fantasy sitting on top of another, clearer picture. All of the artists in this exhibition were featured in the 2008 West Edition of New American Paintings. The Public Trust is located at 2919-C Commerce St., open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Call 214-760-7170 or visit
Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 2. Continues through Jan. 17, 2009
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Katey Margolis