Top Five: August 6, 2020

by Glasstire August 6, 2020

William Sarradet and Christina Rees recommend some choice shows that Texas galleries have on view right now, whether through a window, online, or by appointment.

“It’s exciting to see artists and gallerists approaching the obstacles of showing work now with such brazen ambition.”


Liz Trosper-Dandelion-and-rose

Dandelion and Rose, by Liz Trosper.

1. Liz Trosper: Dandelion and Rose
Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas
July 25 – September 25

Via the gallery:
Dandelion & Rose, a 34-foot site-specific vinyl installation is viewable from the inside and outside of the gallery, and will be up from July 25 – September 25, 2020. The installation plays off the meme titled Dandelion vs. Rose, which first originated about 6 years ago. The artist describes, ‘What interested me about this meme was the fine point it put on human intervention in cultivation and breeding, its powerful influence and unintended consequences. As a weed, a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is growing vigorously, dandelion comes from dent de lion, French for the lion’s tooth.'”


Laura Lit - Fuzzy Forces online exhibition presented by Northern-Southern in Austin June 26 20202. Laura Lit: Fuzzy Forces
Northern-Southern, Austin

Via the gallery:
“An ongoing, online-only exhibit featuring new drawings from Laura Lit. Laura Lit (b. Dallas, Texas, 1979) is an artist in Austin, Texas. Like Gerard Richter, Lit is a polyglot painter adept in several visual languages. Her practice combines a virtuoso hand with an omnivorous eye. FUZZY FORCES is Laura Lit working now, fast and focused bursts of drawing with colored pencils. Reminiscent of the AFTER IMAGES paintings, the compositions seem sentient, astral manifestations of spirit visitors.”


ANIMAL CROSSING at Inman Gallery in Houston July 3 20203. Animal Crossing
Inman Gallery, Houston
July 3 – August 29, 2020

Via the gallery:
“An online exhibition organized by Dana Frankfort and Jackie Gendel. ANIMAL CROSSING moves in many directions, by many routes. Method and tone vary artist to artist and image to image: from monumental to kitschy, expressive to enigmatic, straightforward to fanciful. As far afield as these artists travel, their animal subjects are still a few steps beyond. An animal’s territory is at the hazy edge of human identity, equally empathetic and alien. We recognize animals because we are them.”


BACK & FORTH- CELEBRATING WOMEN & our 15th Anniversary at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas July 21 2020

4. BACK & FORTH: CELEBRATING WOMEN & our 15th Anniversary
Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas
July 21 – November 14

Via the gallery:
“Back & Forth commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the gallery and celebrates the centennial of the 19th amendment. The exhibition will continue through November 14, 2020. Presenting sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, and photographs, this exhibition highlights the varied creative practices and compelling artworks created by the distinguished women represented by the gallery and invites visitors to consider the centennial milestone in the context of a woman-owned business.”

“Artists in Back & Forth include Anna Bogatin Ott, Rebecca Carter, Theresa Chong, Dornith Doherty, Raphaëlle Goethals, Misty Keasler, Ana Esteve Llorens, Sharon Louden, Michelle Mackey, Kim Cadmus Owens, Margo Sawyer, Kim Squaglia, Gael Stack, Jackie Tileston, and Joan Winter.”


PING ZHENG- LOOK INTO THE FUTURE at McClain Gallery in Houston June 24 2020

5. Ping Zheng: Look into the Future
June 24 – August 29
McClain Gallery, Houston

Via the gallery:
“McClain Gallery presents Look Into the Future, our first exhibition of Ping Zheng’s (b.1989, Zhejiang, China) work. The exhibition will be taking place online, although the works are available for viewing by appointment.”

“Zheng’s oil stick on paper drawings are symbolic and lyrical landscapes, mysterious in their non-specificity. For Zheng, depicting nature brings joyous memories of feeling free in the outdoors. The bright colors are bolstered by the thick and deft application of layers of oil stick, which is sometimes scraped back in small areas to reveal colors previously applied. Her method is very physical and an extension of her energetic process – she creates a variety of rich textures: at times her vivid palette reads velvety soft, while other portions are scraped, ribbed, or striated.”

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