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This Weekend, Galleries Take Center Stage
by Danielle Georgiou 13 Jan 2012

If you’re a gallery fan, Saturday is your day as a number of local spaces hold opening receptions showing off new work.


Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is the artistic director and choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble.

Saturday is a day full of art openings that are sure to incite and delight, and show a promising beginning to a this new year in Dallas.

Opening at the newish Steve Paul Gallery, “A Fraudulent Desire to Exist” is an exhibition of photographic/video installation works by six emerging contemporary female artists: Cassandra Emswiler, Emily Loving, Hillary Holsonback, Robin Myrick, Sally Glass and myself. Curated by John Pomara and Greg Metz, we are presenting our work as a collection with a female perspective, which includes imagery that ranges from the grotesque to the sublime.

“A Fraudulent Desire to Exist” demonstrates how these artists, while working in different media with various concepts, are all capturing a “fraudulent” experience in which the staged can still be desirable. The work illustrates the complicated beauty that results from the process of affirming one’s existence. The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. The show runs through March 3.

Photo credit: Marne Lucas/CircleWerk

At CentralTrak, there’s “The O.T.“, a project of the collective CircleWerk. It’s a cooperative/collaborative experiment in photography and video production curated by CentralTrak Director Heyd Fontenot. The project presents an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the creative process. A variety of designers, painters, sculptors, performers and filmmakers will work together for the first time in this group endeavor.

The gallery has been transformed this week into a sound stage with a multitude of heavy-duty lights, cameras galore and a green screen. All the artists, including myself and partner Hilly Holsonback have been working day and night shooting our vignettes. “The O.T.” is a living testament to the value of the collaborative process. If we weren’t all together right now, sharing space and time and resources, we couldn’t pull this off.

Opening reception: Saturday, 8-10 p.m. Exhibition runs Jan. 14-March 3.

Photo credit: Marne Lucas/CircleWerk

And just to mention a few more…

  • The Power Station will be opening “Deluxe” by Virginia Overton. The opening reception begins at 3:30 p.m. and goes until an undisclosed time. There’s going to be food (roast pork from Tennessee’s Wedge Oak Farm) and football. The show runs until March 30.
  • 500X opens “Another Dog and Pony Show” at 7 p.m. In the Main and Upstairs Gallery are artists Clayton Hurt, Kerry Pacillio, Timothy Harding, Diane McGurren. The show runs until Feb. 5.
  • The Reading Room will be having its first book swap from 4-9 p.m. with cocktails and random readings throughout the day.
  • The McKinney Avenue Contemporary has three shows opening in one day. “Eric Eley: Coincident Disruption;” “Marilyn Jolly, Melba Northum & Susan Sitzes: Transience: Imperfect, Impermanent, Incomplete;” and “Walter Nelson: Graffiti on Aspen Trees – Nature vs. Man.”