Creative Differences: 35 Years at 500X

On view December 7 December 14, 2013–January 5, 2014 Opening December 7 December 14, from 7:00-10:00 PM

Creative Differences: 35 Years at 500X celebrates the 35th anniversary of 500X, one of the oldest artist-run galleries in Texas and a noted Dallas art space. This exhibition features a variety of media, including painting, photography, installation, assemblage, video, drawing, and performance by a selection of thirty former members spanning from the founding group of artists in the mid 1970s to the most recent alumni.

500X has long served as a space for contemporary artists to showcase new work fresh from the studio. While not a comprehensive presentation of all artists that have been associated with the gallery (there far too many notable former members over the past few decades to feature in a single show), this exhibition presents recent pieces that exemplify the breadth of work being produced by past members. Though the work in Creative Differences encompasses a wide range of materials and styles—from purely abstract to representational to found objects, from painterly to conceptual, from sweet to edgy, from formal to political—the artists are united by their experiences at 500X. While the variety of work speaks to the storied history of the gallery, this exhibition also demonstrates the loyalty to the gallery felt by those who have contributed to and benefitted from the lauded artist-run space.

Founded by a coterie of young artists who saw the lack of an exhibition space for their experimental, cutting-edge work as an opportunity to forge new territory, 500X actively shaped the art community in this area. “Do-it-yourself” became “let’s-do-it-together,” and they established a space where they cooperatively handled all aspects of the exhibitions themselves. Through hard work and dedication to the larger goal of fostering and presenting progressive art in North Texas, the members of 500X over the decades have continued to serve a significant role in establishing young artists, taking the gallery from a notable experiment in the late 1970s to a longstanding icon that continues to be relevant and important, with considerable critical and popular acclaim. It should be noted that many former members have gone on to become art educators, curators, writers, designers, museum professionals, arts administrators, and gallery owners, contributing to the development and expansion of the local art community beyond the production of their own work. 

This show continues the tradition of the Project Space, where two artists collaborate on an installation in one of the gallery spaces at 500X. In Creative Differences, the collaboration features Don Taylor (a member in the 1980s) and his son John Taylor (a current member and the first “legacy” for the gallery). John’s vinyl mural and Don’s paintings will merge in the first-floor space, speaking to the important connections between alumni of the different decades in 500Xs history, connections that play out among many other artists throughout the entirety of the show.

Celebrate this major milestone at the opening reception for Creative Differences on December 7, 2013, from 7 to 10 pm. The exhibition is on view Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 pm, through January 5 (closed for the holidays on December 28 and 29) and by appointment.

Creative Differences is organized by former 500X member Leslie Murrell. 

The exhibition includes the work of:

Frances Bagley Iris Bechtol Christine Bisetto Paul Booker Jim Burton Matthew Clark Michel Demanche Celia Eberle Simeen Farhat Thomas Feulmer Randall Garret Susan kae Grant Scott Hilton Mary Iron Eyes Dottie Love

Natalie Macellaio Robert McAn Greg Metz Nic Nicosia Tom Orr Kerry Pacillio Lesli Robertson Tom Sale Diane Sikes Charlotte Smith Don Taylor John Taylor Vance Wingate Tiffany Wolf Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright, Into Drawing, 2012, gilded wood, 10 ½ x 9 x 4 inches

Celia Eberle, Foreign Policy, 2013, lapis lazuli and copper wire, dimensions variable

Randall Garret, eating, drinking, 2013, oil, latex, tempera, and kaolin on printed cardboard, 66 ½ x 53 inches