This morning we came across preview photos online hyping Saturday's 4austin4rtists at Cohn Drennan Contemporary, and Debra Broz's weird, wild, unsettling ceramics gave us pause.
They are reminiscent of the animal statuettes you will find perched on doilies in almost any grandmother's house: unabashedly kitsch, a bit disturbing in their forced cuteness. But Broz likes to take you for an unexpectedly disconcerting ride, as if your grandmother were Helena Bonham Carter and her doilies proudly displayed bunnies with fangs, two-headed lambs and boxers with parakeet wings. They leave us wanting to laugh, but we're unsure why. They strike a nervous chord, and we like it.
We're told that Broz restores found ceramics -- the very ones left behind from estate sales and church flea markets -- instilling her own sense of black comedy and fascination with genetic mutation to create "cute monstrosities."
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.