January 2012 | Clayton Hurt, Kerry Pacillio, Timothy Harding, & Diane McGurren

500x Presents:

January 14 -February 5, 2012

Opening Reception: January 14, 7-10 p.m.


Another Dog and Pony Show

Clayton Hurt

Kerry Pacillio

Timothy Harding

Diane McGurren

The work presented in this exhibition reexamines Clayton Hurt's depictions of animals with humanistic attributes. Figurative animal forms, funny faces and recycled dog toys lean toward the twisted comical side of entertaining. A moment in time is frozen, as you ask yourself, "Why am I in this place surrounded by such odd things and why do they seem to enjoy my presence?"

Kerry Pacillio, inspired by 1980's films, presents new work about the chaos of adolescence, the ceremony of girlhood, and the environments inhabited during the passing of those times, ranging from campy to creepy, from banal to exceptionally abnormal.

New works presented by Timothy Harding find inspiration from the unconventional writing technique of American author William S. Burroughs. Timothy applies Burroughs' techniques to his own process. Through a series of actions including stacking, arranging, and cutting, Timothy is able to explore the notions of chance. The resulting works have a sense of a presence that shifts in and out of focus. 

Diane McGurren's work explores the banalities and eccentricities of the disappearing American landscape through medium format photographs, found text, flat tires, and other road trip ephemera. This summer Diane traveled the space between Cool, Texas and Cool, California and Cool, Iowa. This is what she found there, and then some. 




Brought to you by the Letter W - Collaborative works by Christine Bisetto and Matthew Clark


The Society for Olfactory Preservation- As presented by Chris Tennen and Scott Hilton


December 2011 | Leslie Murrell, Jonathan Snow, Nate Glaspie & Elaine Pawlowicz

December 3, 2011 - January 8, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday December 3, 7-10pm

Recurrence Relation: Three Generations of 500X
Recurrence Relation features the work of three 500X alumni whose works are characterized by captivating repetition of forms in distinct ways. vincent Falsetta's small color studies record the thoughtful experimentation involved in the process of painting. Paul Booker evokes natural phenomena such as fluid dynamics and animal swarms through the vocabulary of pure abstraction. Brian Spolans creates fictional worlds of small creatures undertaking both the monumental and mundane tasks of civilization. The show presents new work by all three artists, and well as two pieces by Falsetta that hearken back to his tenure as a member of 500X from 1978 - 1980.

Jonathan Show - Progression...
I'm fascinated by the idea of a compounding process in motion, this primary structure of formation, the branching nature of everything with small elements forming a larger whole (decisions, knowledge, ideas, cells, bricks, etc.) When I can see that whole or section of a whole with its smaller parts, it feels like I've caught a glimpse into the "machine", a little window into enlightenment. I like the "collective consciousness" idea, as if we are computer programs or cells collecting specialized information--billions of reporters documenting existence from a specific viewpoint, every possible pathway being explored and analyzed to glean bits of knowledge for the whole. 
Nate Glaspie - Untitled
Nate Glaspie's process in creating art begins with found parts that once held in an industrial purpose. In combining former industrial designs with new found parts his sculptures become both aesthetic and functional.

Elaine Pawlowicz - Protection Spells

This exhibition of paintings by Elaine Pawlowicz highlights interconnected work from her participation in recent summer artists residencies in Montana, Wyoming and Iceland. Plein air paintings from all three locations are being shown for the first time with her paintings from imagination. Second comes "Cosmos", an installation of paintings inspired by the open night skies. They describe miniature worlds filled with psychodramas. Last comes a group of magical narrative paintings, "Protection Spells," formed by mystical Icelandic images intermingling with those of personal keepsakes. Icelandic folk teas are charged with invisible elves, trolls, dragurs (ghosts) and Gryla, the Christmas witch who eats bad children. These benevolent spells are used to keep the people and things most loved by us safe. 
Upstairs - TBA Performance
by Courtney Brown
Downstairs - Magic
A duel by Joel Kiser and Luke Sides

So much fun we'll do it again!




Reception Again: Nov 19, 8-10pm

In conjunction with UTD CentralTrak and The Reading Room



Matthew Clark - Golden

Bruce Monroe - Variations on a Theme


Tim Best and Tom Leininger - On Stage



Laura Doughtie and Brian Christopher Glaser

The Workers Can Eat Their Prestige


Nick and Natalie Hutchings
Phantom Umbilicus

November 2011 | Matthew Clark & Bruce Monroe



New work by Matthew Clark explores what is underfoot with an installation of sewn felt works that reference the repetitive nature of road construction, the beauty of utilitarian design, highlights the spaces between pedestrian and vehicular designation as well as lays the groundwork for the viewer's own personal journey in regard to the popular culture of the past. 

Bruce Monroe

Bruce Monroe Variations on a Theme

AIDS forms the core of my being and therefore the core source of much of my work.  In an attempt to dominate the virus while bringing peace, strength and order to my life, I make prints, photographs, and objects about its structure, pathology, and relationship to the human body. Seduced by the beauty of its viral spread throughout the smallest parts, systems, and resulting whole of my body, I envision their symbiosis in my work. My work engages and implicates others, not only through the virus itself, but issues generated from and through it.

Besides its physical impact, AIDS possesses social, political, and financial implications that have become virtually invisible in contemporary media discourse and among the general public. Paradoxically, such misconceptions offer inspiration for my work, particularly in the struggle against the presumed obsolescence of a virus that remains quite real. My work counter-proposes the notion that AIDS art is a late 20th Century genre and I intend to fill a niche that I feel is under explored today by reigniting the ongoing battle with AIDS as a valid and re-examined contemporary subject matter.


On Stage

Tim Best and Tom Leininger - On Stage

Tim Best, a Dallas based artist, stages dramatic emotive scenes. His work presented is from his "making a scene" project that includes photography, video and a book release. The setting is blackness as if it were the mind void of thought. Then a spotlight illuminates a figure doing nothing but expressing emotion, that uniquely human behavior that inspires both constructive and destructive action. The drama is about to unfold but instead of live performance, Tim Best captures this with a still camera.

Tom Leininger is a Denton based photographer whose work is rooted in reality and based on private moments individuals are able to carve out for themselves at public events. The color photographs are found rather than staged. They are part of his ongoing series "Sidelines". The events at which the images were first made may have been staged, but the images are not about the events, rather those on the side who are watching.


Laura Doughtie and Brian Christopher Glaser
The Workers Can Eat Their Prestige

Nick and Natalie Hutchings
Phantom Umbilicus

Fresh Meat | 500x College Expo 2011

FRESH MEAT: 500X College Expo Opening October 15, 7-10pmJurors: Cris Worley and Erick SwensonSubmissions Deadline: Sept 28, 2011 About FRESH MEAT: 500X College Expo500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues our annual juried show for college students! Like the annual Expo juried show, FRESH MEAT: 500X College Expo aims to bring together artists from around the state. The exhibition offers college students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their Texas-based counterparts and to see work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition will offer visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas. 

The Rules 

  • To submit work, please visit http://500x.slideroom.com
  • The exhibition is open to all artists enrolled in college-level courses in Texas.
  • The entry fee is $30 for up to 5 images (includes details of work).
  • All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment).
  • Artists will be notified via email Wednesday, October 5 by 8pm if the work has been accepted into the exhibition. If you do not receive an email, your work has not been accepted.

 The Exhibition 

  • Work must be exhibition ready (with securely attached D-rings, cleats, etc). Works without hanging hardware- even if accepted by the juror- will be accepted for the exhibition, and there will be no refund of the entry fee.
  • Complex installations will be considered only if the artist is available to install.
  • During drop-off, accepted entrants must show a current student ID and a printout of their Fall 2011 class schedule; there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • Securely label each work with your name, title of work, media, dimensions, date of execution, and price. You will be asked to fill out a form with this information for our records again on site.
  • The gallery retains a 40% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition.

 About the Jurors Cris Worley has over a decade of expertise in the field of contemporary art. She has successfully directed two prior art galleries, most recently the Dallas branch of the internationally known PanAmerican Art Projects. In January 2010, she launched Cris Worley Fine Arts, a full-service art consulting and advisory firm, opening an exhibition space in Dallas, Texas shortly thereafter. Cris holds a Master's Degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University and a BFA in Art History from the University of the South. In the last 10 years, Cris Worley has participated in art fairs throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including Scope Basel, Switzerland, The Los Angeles Art Show, and Art Toronto, and has programmed and curated over 70 exhibitions. 

Erick Swenson is a Dallas-based artist who graduated from UNT in 1999 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and he is currently represented by James Cohen Gallery in New York. His work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Shanghai MOCA, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland. His works are in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Fort Worth Modern. In a recent Art Papers review, Felica Feaster writes- "There is heartbreak beneath the gorgeously slick surfaces and the rock-and-roll edge of Erick Swenson's art. This odd combination generates conflicting emotions: enrapturement at all that sexy, juicy technique, then despair at the vast gaping loneliness of existence that the Dallas, Texas-based sculptor summons up with his potent work." CalendarSeptember 1 - September 28, 2011: Submission of work online athttp://500x.slideroom.comOctober 5, 2011: Accepted artists notified by 8pmOctober 8 & 9, 2011, 2-5pm: Artists drop-off workOctober 15, 2011: Opening ReceptionOctober 30, 2010: Exhibition EndsOctober 31 & Nov 1, 2011, 5-7pm: Artists Pick-Up Work