Shipshape and Fleeting: New Works by Steven Foutch, features print media, works on paper, and installation exploring the space between gloom and joy.
Abyss explores the dichotomy between order and chaos within the universe and within the self. Photographic collages and sculptural artist books are fabricated to illustrate the physical manifestations of anxiety and depression through the destruction and reconstruction of the photographic image. Collages are made using a combination of alternative processes: lumen prints, chemigrams, and solvent transfers. To create the images, photographic prints are cut apart and sewn back together. Geometric and organic shapes mimic the patterns and phenomenons found within the universe.
Abyss considers the correlation between the inner self and outer space as well as our desires to control and make sense of life and death
A new installation by Sheryl Anaya.
Stranger Lands is an exhibition of single-channel video works created by fourteen local and international artists whose work relates to place and orientations of belonging, both political and personal. Working within and through sites, the artists in Stranger Lands (re)orient our virtual (digital, imaginary, remembered) and "real" relationships with location. Stranger Lands, curated by Julie Libersat, opens at 500X in Dallas, TX and includes works by Krista Caballero, Máximo González, Sean Miller, Lexie Mountain, Patrick O’Neil, Trudi Lynn Smith and Kate Hennessy, William Sarradet, Carolyn Sortor, Karina Skvirsky, Jenny Vogel, Gloria Wyatt, K Yoland and Longhui Zhang.
Candyland Art Collective is a visual art making team consisting of artists Jessica Burke, Carrie Fonder and Valerie Powell. Candyland Art Collective’s interdisciplinary practice investigates elements of contemporary play & power, while working within a structure that incorporates the physical distance between our studios (Georgia, Florida & Texas). Greetings from In-between is the collective’s debut exhibition featuring paintings, drawings, installations and sculptures inspired by the dialogue between the unknown outcomes of our process driven practice.
Dream Juice is an exhibition of work by Lindsey Larsen. It is a contemplation of things in nature, like humans and all the other physical things... but also the things that aren’t physical, like an experience, maybe? I mean an experience with a capital E.
Downstairs Project Space features an installation by artist Jen Rose, curated by 500X member Rachel Muldez.
Kelsey Heimerman & Sammy Rat Rios
Two women, lots of color and two ways of seeing the world.
Kelsey Heimerman is an objective painter that mainly paints “figures (that) are her metaphorical haystacks and they reflect our contemporary world. Using distortion, engorged layers of firm, deliberate and bleeding paint become objectified as they describe flesh, spaces, animals and a codex of modern iconography. As a seeker of knowledge and a person people are drawn to, Heimerman strives to become a part of the American female narrative. Influenced by Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring, Henry Darger, Hemonous Boch, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Rosson Crow she continues diligently Project people projecting visions of a dreamlike futuristic world where all people are accepted.”
Sammy Rat Rios is a multifaceted Dallas artist, she is a musician, actress, and painter to name a few. Although her main focus is her music, her paintings are wonderful non-objective examples of her personal aesthetic. Everything she does, whether it be painting, singing, acting, or walking down the street, she does with a grace and style quite unique to herself. She is drawn to color, design, and clean simple aesthetics and she expresses these magnetisms boldly in her paintings.
Curated by Kalee Appleton
Tammy Mercure’s project, Blue Library Vol 2: Conversations, consists of collaborative, visual exchanges between coupled photographers in the form of photobooks. Each book, a result of a photographer’s responses to the imagery of another photographer, is a compilation of visual narrative that creates connections between work and gives a new life to the original photographs.
Courtney Asztalos & Nydia Blas, Jessica Dean Camp & Cole Don Kelley, Angela Deane & Alisson Bittiker, Lee Deigaard & Elizabeth Stone, Hobbes Ginsberg & Andi Icaza, Michelle Groskopf & Alexander Coggin, Janna Ireland & Morgan Rachel Levy, Natalie Krick & Lissa Rivera, Ian Lewandowski & Caiti Borruso, Juan Madrid & Maggie Stockman, Ross Mantle & Chris Maggio, Noelle McCleaf & Michael McCraw, Zora Murff & Rana Young, Amy Lynn Powell & Maddie McGarvey, Tamara Reynolds & Matthew Genitempo, David Soffa & Liz Calvi, Sasha Tivetsky & Melissa Spitz, and Tara Wray & Carrie Elizabeth Thompson.
NEW WORKS BY BERNARDO CANTU
Sculpted 2.5D paintings utilizing a safe but jarring element of a domestic space that was always in the background growing up and never used in foreground of work.
Solo Exhibition Rachel Muldez
A manipulation of nature to express the feeling of home within a multiverse.
And then I met you, 2017
naturally dyed Mulberry inner bark, silk strand
3.5" x 3.5" 3.5"
New paintings made with construction materials and sand. All of which attempt to reimagine landscape and it's affect on memory and personal identity.
500X is happy to invite our Fort Worth neighbor art collective, Art Tooth to our space to curate an exhibition of their members. Founded by Fort Worth art collectives Bobby on Drums and Exhibitionists, Art Tooth is a new art project dedicated to exhibiting regional contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists, while building new relationships between artists and art patrons. By partnering with established local art dealers, organizations and businesses, Art Tooth will continue its founders' "pop up" concept, making invigorating art accessible and solidifying Fort Worth's reputation as an art destination.
Mind the Gap (MTG) explores the ways in which artists can navigate the pitfalls of the current socio-political climate, particularly through their roles as cultural brokers, provocateurs, and facilitators of a reflective practice, while paying consideration to the challenges presented by an era of persistent disengagement, isolation, alienation and Balkanization.
MTG will pose the following questions:
What role, if any, can art effectively adopt in response to the dynamics outlined above?
Do the prevailing social (political, economic, educational) and cultural (internalized norms, taboos, values, attitudes, beliefs) conventions that frame the presentation and production of art influence this discourse? If so, how should they be addressed?
MTG does not espouse an explicit political agenda, nor does it advocate for a singular solution. However, it does contend that the current environment requires an urgent, critical, and imaginative response. To support this claim, MTG will introduce this discourse as a call for micro-grant proposals in anticipation of a survey conducted at 500X Gallery.
Participants in this group exhibition, who will also serve on a panel as the micro-grant award jurors, include a diverse group of noted and emerging artists including:
Michelada Think Tank (Carol Zou & Darryl Radcliff)
Gio Giovanni Valderas
The microgrant call is open to proposals of 500 words or less that include up to 5 digital images or videos (of existing works or mockups) that respond to the questions outlined above by artists, collectives, curators, writers and other cultural producers over 18 years of age who reside in North Texas. These proposals can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new or existing work in any discipline for any amount up to the total micro-grant funds of $5,000.
To scratch a surface is to investigate what exists beneath something initially found. In this case, each artist is exploring their ideas by manipulating, refining, scratching, adhering, smoothing, or impressing upon their chosen substrate. “Scratching the surface” juxtaposes work created by ten artists from diverse backgrounds working in a wide array of media, including ceramics, metals, fibers, printmaking, painting, and drawing.
Participating artists include:
The show runs from March 18-April 2, 2017.
ADDITIVE is a site-specific collaborative installation by Kathy Lovas and 500X member, Lynné Bowman Cravens. ADDITIVE represents the natural evolution of the artists’ initial serendipitous photographic project #lovaslectures.
March 18 - April 2, 2017
Saturday, March 18th, 7-10 pm
Saturday, March 25th, beginning at 2 pm
500 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226
Satuday & Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
or by appointment
A collection of drawings, video and sound traversing a private landscape of lament.
Drawn from the intersections of personal history, narrative literature, music and cinema, The Pits seeks to create a new record of experience acknowledging trouble both in the mirror and on the horizon.
500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues its annual juried show for college students. Like the annual Expo juried show, 2017 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 view work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition offers visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas. This year's juror is Danielle Avram, gallery coordinator at Texas Woman's University.
The 2017 College Expo runs from Feb. 18 to March 12. The opening reception is on Feb. 18th from 7-10 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Also on view this month: Joanne Cervantes' solo exhibition, The Pits. This exhibition includes drawings, video, and sound traversing a private landscape of lament. Drawn from the intersections of personal history, narrative literature, music and cinema, The Pits seeks to create a new record of experience acknowledging trouble both in the mirror and on the horizon.
RACHEL LIVEDALEN: TO LISA, WITH LOVE
This solo exhibition by Rachel Livedalen features new drawings that combine images of idealized femininity through canonical works of western art history with her love of 1990s Lisa Frank stickers and ephemera.
SETH LORENZ: RABBIT HOLES; THE DESCENT
Lorenz' new exhibition is the second chapter in the body of his work “rabbit holes,”. He continues to use elements of the home and objects of memory to investigate the intricacies of the human psyche and its' emotional aptitude to cope, confront and heal from trauma and suffering.
LYNNÉ BOWMAN CRAVENS: HOUSE
House is a solo exhibition by 500x member Lynné Bowman Cravens. The exhibition is on view January 14 - February 5, 2017, with a reception on Saturday, January 14 from 7-10 pm.
In this body of work Cravens is exploring the idea of memory and nostalgia by photographing her childhood home. She used appropriated family photographs to serve as the anchor for the series. After examining the precise locations in the house in which the original photographs were taken, she then re-photographed the same areas. The building has undergone cosmetic changes over the past several years, and has transitioned from being her family’s home to becoming a rental property. From images full of artifacts and mementos, to starkly empty spaces, the house becomes barely recognizable. This project not only focuses on Cravens' memories of the house, but also on how the recent physical changes done to the building affect perception of the space.
JULIE LIBERSAT: ESCAPES
Escapes, a solo exhibition by Julie Libersat, explores the aesthetics of public space with works that blur the lines between virtual and real landscapes. Using 3D prints and images from the video game SIMS, Escapes presents a landscape that reflects the ubiquity and homogeneity of a placeless cityscape. The built environment directs our orientations and cultural values through the meaning we construct around the buildings and places occupied within memory, dreams and imagination. Our cities, neighborhoods and buildings reflect our personal, cultural and political histories and imaginaries. How does the design of the built environment colonize space and nature to manufacture desire in the landscape of capitalism?
PROJECT SPACE: ALEX HEFFESSE: ASSEMBLY #1
Curated by Lindsey Larsen
Heffesse is a one-man enterprise. An inspector of the manufactured landscape. With a questionable production cycle that terminates at the prototype, the sculptural objects mimic a proof-of-principle, meaning, a demonstration in principle with the aim of verifying practical modes of production. The prototypes, in some degree, serve to verify key aspects of society. Creating enigmatic narratives of man-made environments. Past, present, and future. The prototype is the only truth in a world full of disguise.
PROJECT SPACE: REPLICATE: ROSS FAIRCLOTH & ASHLEY WHITT
Ross Faircloth and Ashley Whitt explore alternate planes of reality in their two-person show, Replicate.
Ross Faircloth: As our lives are becoming more and more influenced and connected to technology I have become interested in how and where this is taking place and more specifically at the possible outcomes of the lines between reality and simulated reality blurring to the point of non-existence. Video game consoles are increasingly becoming more than just for games and are hubs of entertainment in many homes. Contemplating the amount of control given to machines over our daily lives the images serve as a haunting reminder that a simulated world can be just as fragile and manipulated as our ‘real’ one, if not more so. We should be careful to place too much blind trust in these imperfect systems. The images in this series are created through a Playstation 4 and the game Call Of Duty: Black Ops III ®. The images are either multi-layered or cut-up to create another level of separation from reality.
Ashley Whitt: Inspired by the readings of scientists including Lawrence Krauss and Steven Hawking, the focus of Ashley Whitt’s work is a questioning of existence and reality. Responding to the theories that a multiverse could exist, Whitt creates visual parallel realities within her work. The dichotomy of the vast versus the miniscule is explored through a variety of imagery including landscapes and self-portraits. How would another universe look? Is it possible for two or more realities to exist at once? These questions are explored through analog and digital photographic imagery that is manipulated and layered in Photoshop.
Reception: December 10, 2016, 7-10pm
Co | Action 2016
At some point in an emerging artist’s early career, someone comes alongside him or her to give critique, counsel, support, more critique, advice, training, and even to write letters of recommendation for employment or grant opportunities. The mentor-mentee or educator-student relationship is integral to the growth of the artist and mentor, as well as the art community, and it’s this relationship that 500X Gallery will highlight in our December 2016 exhibition, Co | Action. Co | Action will run from December 10th - January 8th. The opening reception will be December 10th from 7-10pm.
LEIGH MERRILL | JUAN CRUZ
Leigh Merrill’s process involves making thousands of individual photographs while exploring a city or neighborhood then digitally assembling these sources to create photographs of imaginary spaces. Certain composite images have some veracity, but more often they suggest visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail. The subjects in Merrill’s photographs are often ubiquitous objects and architecture, contributing to spaces that feel familiar but not recognizable. They tap into some of the conscious and subconscious visual cues, barriers and borders we create in our environment. Merrill creates both architectural and still life photographs, which act as both conceptual and formal mirrors for one another, and reveal yearnings of desire and fabrication.
Juan Cruz combines traditional analog photographic processes with modern digital image processing software. Cruz forces the viewer to contemplate both processes by intentionally exposing the brushstrokes of the different tools in Photoshop while at the same time leaving evidence of the analog process such as marks of film and dust on the final print. The subject of his photographs are predominantly mundane objects and shapes that are often overlooked.
JIM BURTON | AUSTYN WILLIAMS
Since having worked together when Austyn was an undergraduate at UNT, I have felt that we share a similar wit and wariness in our critique of culture. Though our material approach is different, I believe that our work has a sentiment that easily dovetails. Austyn chooses to evoke a kind of "critique of cool" that is at once nostalgic and searing. His use of material and image appears surface and simple, but those seemingly rote combinations belie the depth and relevance of his satire.
My work similarly delves into satire, with my foil being overt sentimentality and direct references to homestead nostalgia. I choose familiar, even luscious materials, and subvert their saccharin comfort for my own ends. I am interested in critiquing not only culture at large, but my own involvement in social interactions, and the perversion of social mores that we all engage in.
I believe that together we represent a well-rounded view of the world that we simultaneously love and loathe; that we relish in the critique of.
ANNETTE LAWRENCE | MURIELLE WHITE
Annette Lawrence works with text and information, often in response to physical space and time. Her practice is grounded in autobiography, counting, recording, charting, and layering quiet notations of everyday life. Lawrence's work has been widely exhibited and is held in museums, and private collections. Lawrence lives and works in Denton, Texas and is a Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas, College of Arts and Design. For images and more information: annettelawrence.net
My body of work is strongly influenced by the diversity of my cultural heritage. My four grandparents are from four different, French colonies or/and territories: France, Guadeloupe, India (Pondicherry) and Vietnam (Tourane) and I was born and raised in Paris, France. I juxtapose visual elements from my cultural background to create a unified, imaginary, abstract world where I reveal my identity. I also use my own invented script by mixing the languages that my family spoke (French, Creole, Tamil and Vietnamese). This self-created world, steeped in the diversity of my cultural roots is a dynamic dichotomy: the combination of traditional and non-traditional medium as well as structure versus relinquishment of control. The use of non-traditional medium has given me the flexibility to experiment creative avenues that are unexpected. It is about chaos, breaking rules and exploring freedom. I never know what the outcome will be. Through the process I follow a rhythm that I have created unconsciously. When viewing my artwork, the observer is transported into an imaginative world where multiculturalism becomes one.
KIM OWENS | KATE COLIN
Born and raised in Texas, Kim Cadmus Owens moved to Dallas in 2006 after having lived on both the East and West Coasts as well as Japan. She received her MFA in Art from Towson University near Baltimore, Maryland, and her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California.
Her studio practice includes paintings, drawings, prints and installations.
Kim Cadmus Owens resides in Dallas and is Associate Professor of Art in Painting at the University of Dallas.
Kate Colin is an artist currently working in Denton, TX. Her drawings and paintings interpret expansive hypothetical spaces, inspired by mathematical theories, physical infrastructure, and nature. Her abstract work stems from an interest in unpredictable and systematic processes. Colin’s current work explores the complexity of the conception of hyperbolic structures depicted on two-dimensional planes.
It's time for the annual 500X-mas Holiday Sale! This year's sale takes place during our Co-Action exhibition, from December 10, 2016- January 8, 2017. Buy work by your favorite 500X artist! Proceeds go to the artist and 500X. Your support helps us keep our doors open! Artwork can be picked up at the end of the show (January 9).
NOVEMBER SOLO MEMBERS SHOW
Valerie Powell: Pit Gallery
Choose Your Own Adventure, a solo exhibition highlighting a colorful collection of drawings & small sculptures by Valerie Powell, explore the idea of wandering. Inspired by the book series of the same name, Powell continues to investigate the human condition using shrinkable plastic as her primary medium. Powell creates playful narratives which invite the viewer to visually wander thru a series of imagined spaces while being encouraged to make their own conceptual connections. Travel inspired imagery inform the series of drawings, while mapping specific memories inform the series small hanging sculptures in the exhibition.
Kalee Appleton: Lower Gallery
Platinum Package, is comprised of new photographic work by Kalee Appleton. In a continued effort to reexamine the objecthood of photographic backdrops used in mainstream portrait studios, Appleton conceptualizes the photographic backdrop by making these large format backdrops the focal point within a real world landscape as well as using them as backdrops for additional backdrops. While with previous work a similar approach explored the parallel use of early digital landscape photography often appearing on computer monitors coupled with digital manipulation techniques, this new work explores a straight photography method as well as a nostalgic approach by referencing the final product of mainstream portrait photography and the customary act of cutting images from a gridded portrait sheet for distribution to family and friends.
James Talambas: Upper Gallery
"1.816" is an experiential installation.
Centennial Rojo: Downstairs Project Space
Photography from Colorado by Clint Bargers and Tory Doyle
Arbitrary Ambition: Upstairs Project Space
Group exhibition curated by Rachel Livedalen featuring work by:
Arbitrary Ambition uses traditional craft techniques in order to subvert stereotypical ideas of gender. Embroidery, crochet, and domestic objects are used as a means to discuss the problematic associations of craft and femininity. Stereotypically a site of feminine production and labor, craft is devalued within the art market and thus occupies a lower position within the cultural hierarchy. This show aims to elevate the position of craft through its interdisciplinary use, shift in scale, and aggressive attitude. The artists featured in the exhibition are all undergraduate students at TCU enrolled in the course, Feminist Concepts and Strategies in Studio Art.
Bury Them Breathing: Members Space;
Work by Michael Farmer, curated by Steven Foutch
Michael's work is based on recent and historical social topics such as race, war, immigration, and politics. His goal is to show the viewer an entangled web of similarities through historical and present models of social dynamics. Thus embracing the viewers gaze, warming them up to the cold world that is existing around them.
500X Expo 2016 | Juror Rachel Rogerson
October 15 - November 6, 2016
October 15, 7-10 PM
500X Gallery, Texas' oldest, artist-run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas' most anticipated annual juried competitions. Expo 2016 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas.
About the juror:
Rachel Rogerson is Executive Director of The MAC in Dallas, Texas. In the summer of 2015 Rogerson ably coordinated The MAC’s move from its home of more than 20 years on McKinney Avenue to a century-old five-building complex in the Cedars neighborhood south of downtown Dallas. During her tenure she has continued to advance the institution’s mission as an advocate for creative freedom by providing innovative programming. Recent projects include New Urban Landscape, a series of site-specific installations presented in The MAC’s raw warehouse space.
Prior to The MAC, Rogerson was Curator of Exhibitions at Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview, Texas, where she elevated the institution's profile through the celebrated permanent exhibition of the Buddy Calvin Jones Caddo Collection, one of the region's largest collections of Prehistoric artifacts related to East Texas' first peoples.
Rogerson received her master's in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In Scotland, Rogerson co-curated an exhibition for the St. Andrews Museum and held positions at the Museum of the University of St. Andrews and Dunollie House. From 2011 to 2012 she served as Registrar at Kirk Hopper Fine Art. In 2008 Rogerson received her BFA from the University of North Texas.
Opening Reception Saturday, September 10th 7-10pm
Showing September 10th - October 2nd
Lynne Bowman Cravens
Lindsey Brown Larsen
Justin Strickland Hoff
500X is ready to kick off the new season with the annual members show. Welcoming the addition of it's newest members, this group of emerging DFW artists will be showcasing a range of traditional and contemporary art. Works ranging from photography, printmaking, textile, installation, painting, video, performance, and conceptual works investigate a variety of content and formal concerns.
These 15 active artists have ties to and have collaborated with other artist groups such as Art Conspiracy, aphophenia underground, Deep Ellum Windows, Gallery Project in Detroit, Hatch Show Print, Performance SW, Oil and Cotton, and Wild Pony Editions, to name a few. They work in the community as educators, coaches, professionals, and mentors across the DFW area. They work and are involved with institutions such as UNT, Brookhaven College, UTA, Collin College, TCU, Dallas Public Library, and the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth.
As the oldest artist run co-op in Texas, the idea of collaboration, finding fresh talent and building community is what this current group hopes to continue to foster. Come out and help us kick off the 2016 season!
May Member Solo Shows
May 7th - June 5th, 2016
Opening Reception - Saturday, May 7th, 7-10 pm
A show featuring the work of:
M. Kate H. Shark
A respectful display of the flag of the United States of America.
M. Kate H. Shark
Am I Happy or Am I Manic
New works by M. Kate H. Shark.
A solo exhibition of new works on paper and sculptural objects.
A multimedia installation that questions the validity of 'power gestures' by irreverent documentation of the Google Image search results for "steeple hands."
Miss Conceptions in Clay
Downstairs Project Space
Bernardo Cantu & Angel Cabrales
It Came from Beyond the Border in 4D Vision
Menudotron and ChupaCabrales present It Came from Beyond the Border in 4D Vision.
Upstairs Project Space
substance and substrate - curated by H Schenck
Works by Hayley Fowler, Iva Kinnard, Sharon Turner.
Back Project Space
Wanna B Dali
Drawings and stuff by Mitchell Hendricks.
April Solo Member Shows
April 9th - May 1st, 2016
Opening Reception April 9th, 2016 | 7-10 pm
A meditation on our tendency to repackage old content as new experiences to feed our ever-growing need to consume media.
Spontaneous Symmetry is a group of paintings that suggest a twisted theory of everything, where a fragmented space exists in various states of activity. Disparate layers of media expose paint washes, graphite drawing, and soft brushwork. Each painting integrates an underlying axis of symmetry while subsequent layers of contrasting shape and color negate the initial simplification. This process-driven work seeks unification of oppositional elements.
Double/Standard is an exhibition of photographs and site specific fiber installation.
Surrounds: Viewers of photographs, particularly in today's digital era, approach photographs with an air of skepticism. One of the most prevalent photographic techniques in the aid of this deceptive practice is the photographic backdrop, popular among pedestrian photography studios for decades. The photographs of idealized landscapes and utopian worlds become objects of transportation, portraying the subject in a halfheartedly illusionary light. These objects, used overtime begin to gain history of their own, due to mass production and repetitive use. Surrounds examines this history and transforms the photographic backdrop into something that it was never meant to be, a subject. By incorporating hints of photographic studio equipment and digital aesthetic fads, like repetitive gridded imagery on computer desktops, digital editing tools, nostalgia aids in creating a new history for the backdrop.
GRLPWR is a group exhibition focusing on contemporary feminism, girlhood, and the impact of the 1990s Girl Power movement. The works consider empowerment, but also kitsch femininity, and the overlap of the two. Curated by Rachel Livedalen, the show includes the work of Jenny Harp, Gabrielle Roth, Hayley Fowler, Ashley Heber, and Breanne Trammell.
Downstairs Project Space
That the moon is full and white as barred teeth, that the sage and yucca cast weird chthonic shadows
An installation involving video, sound and sculptural benches. Video by Clint Bargers, sound by Serpicos Son and title by Justin Cunningham.
Upstairs Project Space
Making Marks: The Rhetoric of Design and Design of Writing: a collection of artists and writers curated by Michael Schueth and Jennifer Seibert
Making Marks: the rhetoric of design and design of writing is an attempt to reframe the discussion about writing, design, and imagination as it relates to our impulse to narrate experiences and ideas. It is a collection of images, texts, and processes curated by Michael Schueth and Jennifer Seibert as a collection of different artists, designers, authors, and makers investigating how image and text collide.
Opening Reception March 12th, 7-10pm
That’s So Hot
Cassie Phan, Nick Bontrager, Gregory Scott Cook, Justin Ginsberg, and Ricardo Paniagua
Justin Archer's figurative sculptures express the complexities of the human experience through symbolism and narrative. His work provokes the audience to explore the fragility of human existence and to question our longing for true fulfillment.
Upstairs Project Space:
Sounding the Depths
The term “sounding the depths” refers to the act of consistently measuring the depth of a body of water in order to map it and get a sense for the topography of the ocean floor. For this show, it has a two-part meaning. One is to reference the oceanic theme of the work, and the other is to describe my creative process as I make art. The act of making is a way of measuring, and only through exploring and creating can I learn about my process and understand myself better as an artist.
Currently with my art I am exploring the visual and tactile terrain of the underwater environment. This environment is something I have been investigating through my work for the past year, particularly coral reefs. I find reefs to be an endlessly surprising landscape, a kind of living collage where you always see something new. To me, the coral reef also is a metaphor for the ideal community – diverse elements living in relative harmony with each other. Many of those elements might be very odd, almost alien – and yet the whole reef functions as one entity, a wild and chaotic beauty.
Many of the forms in both the prints and the sculptural forms are reminiscent of coral, kelp, fossils or seaweed but are not exact representations. I find it infinitely more enjoyable to employ my playful side and create my own species that might merge coral with floral, reef with leaf. More recent pieces feature very saturated colors that seek to echo the bizarre color combinations that can occur in nature.
Becoming more aware of my own process - how I best create and how I solve problems - has been a valuable experience. To me, sounding the depths is a constant and lifelong discipline as a person and as an artist. Mapping where I am but maintaining a willingness to explore and play…by doing this I get a better sense of myself, and a broader perspective and greater respect for creation.
Raw Talent: 500X College Expo
Opening Saturday, February 13th 7-10pm
Juror: Ariel Saldivar
About Raw Talent: 500X College Expo
500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues our annual juried show for college students!
Like the annual Expo juried show, Raw Talent: 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.
About the Juror
Ariel Saldivar is the Founder and Executive Director of ArtPrize Dallas, a radically open, independently organized international art competition coming to Dallas in 2017. Formally, Associate Director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Dallas' thriving arts community through programming that supports public engagement with emerging and mid-career British artists. Under her leadership, a successful Artist-In-Residence program was established to bridge international and local artists. She created an art auction model that helped raise over 6 million dollars for the MTV Redefine Staying Alive Foundation. She has curated and advised high-profile contemporary art collections and lectured internationally on art and design. Ariel is an award-winning designer; entrepreneur and former indie rock musician who toured around the world and currently is establishing development strategies to support innovative art education initiatives in Dallas. She currently serves on the Boards of Oak Cliff Foundation, Resources for Creative Exchange, Dallas Museum of Art AOA Advisory Committee, and is an at large commissioner for the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas.
As an intermedia artist, this exhibition is an amalgam of sculpture, photography, and video. I have realized that when I make my work, I do not first think of the material but instead the idea. From here, it then becomes a set of decisions considering what materials or media most succinctly portray my concept.
The essential meaning of my work deals with issues associated with dysfunctional domestic environments. I have realized that who I am is an outcome of what I have experienced correlated with how my psyche processed those experiences. Congruently, how I behave in the present stems from both current and past experiences creating constant opportunities for my psyche to change and heal, or inversely to repeat the same patterns.
My process reflects on suffering and trauma and translates those personal experiences into a sort of shared visual history. Material plays a large role in this process. I am inspired by how material can carry meaning through familiarity, installation, manipulation, and intuition. Each material has a visual history that is uniquely interpreted by each person before it. Because of this, the derivatives of meaning are more like branches from a tree. The roots of the tree are my intentions, the trunk is the physical object and the branches are its many meanings. The truth, is somewhere deep within a rabbit hole.
Upstairs Project Space
Constructed Horizons - Portfolio Exchange Exhibition
Historically, the idea of "American Landscape" summons imagery of sublime and seemingly endless skies, rivers, and mountains. However, today's typical experience of landscape is quite different. We move through a grid-like environment that is constructed around the natural landscape. Grass, trees, and streams are surrounded with concrete; horizons slowly become structural and geometric, while buildings and power lines tower overhead.
Constructed Horizons aims to explore ideas and themes associated with contemporary expansion and the build environment. It seeks to strengthen the printmaking community by creating a dialogue about the evolving American landscape and the sprawling structures that are superimposed upon it. The non-traditional image size (10x30 inches) will engage the subject matter by challenging the artist to work in either panorama or in vertically stacked space.
500X January Solo Member Shows
January 9 - Jan 31, 2016
Opening Reception January 9, 2016 | 7-10 pm
A SHOW FEATURING THE WORK OF:
Jose Rueben Melendez
UPSTAIRS PROJECT SPACE:
New Works: a collaboration of string and shapes
Sheryl Anaya and Randy Guthmiller
Kalee Appleton and Glenn Rust
DOWNSTAIRS PROJECT SPACE:
A collaboration between Dru B Shinin and M. Kate H. Shark
Featuring Greg Shark
500X Gallery presents
co | action
Opening Reception - Saturday, December 5th 7 PM
500X will host 10 artists in an exhibition showcasing work between mentor/artist pairs. At some point in an emerging artist’s early career, someone comes alongside him or her to give critique, counsel, support, more critique, advice, training, and even to write letters of recommendation for employment or grant opportunities. The mentor-mentee or educator-student relationship is integral to the growth of the artist and mentor, as well as the art community.
For this exhibition, 500X extended 5 invitations to artists/educators/mentors in the DFW area and asked them to choose a student or mentee with whom to exhibit. The educator-student pair will either collaborate on a new work or display individual pieces side-by-side to visually convey the working relationship or influence.
Heyd Fontenot & Shawn Mayer
Paho Mann & Zac Travis
Tanya Synar & Julie McKendrick
Christopher Blay & James Talambas
Cameron Schoepp & Lucia Simek
Heyd Fontenot is director of CentralTrak, UTDallas' international artists' residency program and exhibition space located in the Expo Park neighborhood. Previous to being in at CentralTrak, Fontenot lived in Austin and worked as a theater designer, art director, filmmaker and artist.
In Fontenot’s current studio practice, he concentrates primarily on figurative painting and drawing. The artist recruits his friends and artistic peers to model and has in this process created a comprehensive portrait of his community over the last two decades. He exhibits his work and is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas and by Inman Gallery in Houston.
Shawn Mayer completed his MFA in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas in spring 2014 and holds a BA in Music and a BFA in Drawing from the University of Missouri (2008). He has worked in animation, production and post-production for television and commercial programming. His work aims to bridge the gap between physical, traditional and technological media, combining them with immersive and interactive elements to create new and unconventional art. His areas of focus include online media, emergent play and folk practices displayed in gallery spaces to create unexpected experiences. Shawn was accepted as a resident at CentralTrak: the UT Dallas artists’ residency in 2013. His work has been shown at the Lawndale Art Center, the Houston Art League, CentralTrak, RO2 Art, 5oox Gallery, and Deep Ellum Windows. His work is currently being represented by the Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Zac Travis is a visual artist with a concentration in photography. His work contradicts traditional roles of image-making and focuses on examining the culture of today: a culture thoroughly influenced by digital technologies, virtual experiences, and the digital self. Zac earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and is currently living and working in North Dallas.
Paho Mann's work has been included in exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA) among others. Mann’s work is included in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, the Museum at Texas Tech University, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the City of Phoenix Public Art Program.
Mann was born in 1978 on his parents homestead near Snowflake, Arizona. In 1992 he moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico where in 2001 he received a BFA from the University of New Mexico. He received his MFA from Arizona State University in 2007. Currently, Mann lives and works in Dallas, Texas where he is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of North Texas.
Tanya Synar received her MFA from the University of Washington-Seattle and her BFA from Colorado State University and currently teaches Sculpture at Texas Woman’s University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and won numerous awards including an Illinois Arts Council Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant and several TWU research and development awards and garnered support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for The Deception Pass Project. She creates by casting metal, searching scientific data, experimenting with color shifting paint, machining plastic and capturing moving images and sound. Currently in progress, Mapping Galaxy’s in Iron involves 3D imaging photographic data taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Julie McKendrick received her MFA in New Media Art from the University of North Texas and her BFA in Sculpture at Texas Woman’s University. With the adoption of sound, performance, moving images and installation art, her work is realized through experimental processes and challenges the viewers to decontextualize identity and gender within social constructs. McKendrick’s work has received critical acclaim internationally via the award winning music group, Vulgar Fashion. In 2013 she was invited along with a small group of international artists to participate in a residency located in Iceland. Currently, Julie co-directs Voertman’s gallery in Denton Texas and teaches animation at Richland College in Dallas.
Christopher Blay is a North Texas artist with a B.F.A. in photography from Texas Christian University. He works primarily as an installation artist, with an eye towards institutional critique. His work incorporates video, sculpture and performance, notably as Frank Artsmarter. Blay’s current work, “Kara Walker,Texas Ranger”, is a response to historical violence against African Americans, by law enforcement officers. Other recent projects include Satellites, at Centraltrak, the UT Dallas residency gallery and two ongoing public art projects in Dallas and Fort Worth. In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows museum’s Moss/Chumley award, given to artists whose works intersect with both the arts and their community. Blay is currently curator of Tarrant County College’s Art Corridor Gallery.
James Talambas is a composer, producer, dj, and installation artist. He owns and operates New Media Recordings, a production company and creative venue on the south side of Fort Worth. Talambas does original scores and sound design for a number of films, and has recorded, produced, programmed, and arranged for a variety of local, national and international artists in a myriad of genres. Talambas consistently employs technology, improvisation and space into the pieces he composes, creating site specific, and musician specific electro-acoustic works. His most recent sound installations were featured in the exhibition Cultural Affairs, in Fort Worth.
He currently also plays piano and trumpet in the band, The Theater Fire.
Cameron Schoepp is an artist living and working in Fort Worth, Texas since 1985. Schoepp’s work reflects a keen sense of materials, form and proportions, giving shape to ideas that grow out of observations and experiences in and out of art. His work often straddles the boundaries between art, architecture, design and science. He regularly collaborates with Architects Mark and Peter Anderson of AndersonAnderson Architecture on ambitious installations and individual works. Schoepp’s work was recently acquired by the City of Fort Worth when two major outdoor sculptures were procured, Pollen in the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and Hats at the Fort Worth Community Art Center in the Cultural District. Recent exhibitions include, Sons and Daughters of the Sun and Star in Hiroshima Japan with a second exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts and Showmen, a three person exhibition at Brand 10, an artists run space in Fort Worth. Schoepp received his BFA from Pacific Lutheran University and MFA from Texas Christian University. In 1990 Schoepp took a teaching position at the University of Dallas, running the Sculpture program and eventually serving as Department Chair. In 2003 he accepted a position at Texas Christian University as Studio Coordinator and to lead the undergraduate and graduate sculpture program. He currently serves as Graduate coordinator and runs the sculpture department at TCU.
Lucia Simek is an artist, writer, and curator living and working in Dallas, Texas. She received her MFA from Texas Christian University in 2014.
Yuni Jung Lee is an international student, born in Seoul, South Korea. She came to America with
high passion, and an eagerness to further her artistic expression. She has a diverse art-making practice, but she is committed to making art about color, shape, and pattern. She studies color and pattern to learn about different cultures and nature. She received a BA in Art and Performance from to the University of Texas at Dallas and is currently pursuing an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas, to be completed in May 2016. She has participated in group and collaborative exhibitions in Texas and is currently teaching foundation courses at the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Denton, Texas.
Join us upstairs for a silent auction of small works by current as well as previous members.
Opening reception - Saturday, November 7th 7-10 pm
Featuring work by:
H. Schenck - H is for Human, M is for Mud
Bill Bridges - Graft:Topical
Rachel Muldez - Event Horizon
Laura Garcia-Penn - Symbiotic Assimilation
In the Project Spaces
Kate Colin and Kasten Seamless will collaborate across states on a wall drawing and a series of small works based on representations of the recent flooding in North Texas and Arkansas. This exhibition will be installed in the upstairs project space at 500X Gallery. Hasten Seamless is an active painter with a professional background in design. Kasten teaches art and design, and is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Kate Colin is a painter currently working in Denton, TX. her abstract work stems from an interest in unpredictable and systematic processes. Kate earned her MFA from University of Dallas and obtained her BFA from the University of North Texas.
Give & Take: A Live Experiment in Visualizing Sound
Dinnertime Magazine (created by member Lindsey Brown) has curated a live, collaborative performance where multi-media artist Adam Palmer will perform live-drawing, the content of which will be directly influenced by the live improvisations of musicians Adam Sewell and his band. This performance aims to highlight the role of specific source materials in the process of making and examine the concept of the 'studio'. After the performance has been completed, we will then bring that conversation to the community in the form of an interactive online experience.
By opening up the 'studio' to the viewer, we intend to demystify the process of what it means to make. We want the viewers to experience the process of development and execution from the outside and learn from it in a way that expands their understanding of what a working process can look like.