Top Five: December 14, 2023

by Glasstire December 14, 2023

Glasstire counts down the top five art events in Texas.

For last week’s picks, please go here.

A textile work by Beronica Gonzales depicting small potted plants on a window ledge.

A work by Beronica Gonzales

1. Beronica Gonzales: It’s Just Me
Arts Fort Worth
December 1, 2023 – January 20, 2024

From Arts Fort Worth:

It’s Just Me centers around themes of loneliness and independence as portrayed within Gonzales’s first apartment. Organized around the four main rooms that make up a home — bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen — Gonzales presents the viewer with intimate scenes taken from her everyday life over the three years in which she lived in this apartment on Mulberry Street. Through quilting and painting, Gonzales hopes to preserve her subjects, creating memorials to the mundane that express and resist the erosion of time on her personal space and objects and her connections to them. The cinematic approach to the panoramic self-portraits, combined with the documented passage of time (as evidenced by the works’ titles), reveal subtle, poetic narratives unfolding in the background.”

A photograph of a small sculpture by artist Chang Sujung.

Chang Sujung, “Day and Night,” 2023, alabaster and sumi ink, 3.5 x 7.25 x 5.25 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

2. Night Skyline Stars
LAURA (Houston)
December 15, 2023 – February 24, 2024
Reception December 15, 6-8 p.m.


“LAURA opens with a group show called Night Skyline Stars. The exhibition is a meditation on the nocturne and reads like a mixtape, where each artwork hits a different note, striking a specific mood. Eine kleine nachtmusik, if you will. Artists include Afra Al Dhaheri, Francesca Fuchs, Ian Gerson, Yifan Jiang, Myeongsoo Kim, Joseph Liatela, Hasani Sahlehe and Chang Sujung.”

Side by side images of a contemporary sculpture by Kris Pierce and an Ambrym Grade figures with tusks.

Left: Kris Pierce, “Staked Durm Majors in Suits,” 2022. Right: Ambrym Grade Figure with Tusks.

3. A Path Less Traveled
Keijsers Koning & Joel Cooner Gallery (Dallas)
December 16, 2023 – January 27, 2024
Reception December 16, 5-8 p.m.

From Keijsers Koning:

“Keijsers Koning is pleased to present A Path Less Traveled, a joint exhibition of two Dallas galleries: Joel Cooner Gallery and Keijsers Koning. On view will be historical ethnographic works in combination with contemporary art. Inspired by the outlier exhibition ‘Primitivism,’ initiated by Andre Breton, and revisited many times there-after, respective gallery owners Joel and Bart’s ferocity for objects, established a shared conversation through these art works. The unique ensemble of Oceanographic, African, and South-East Asian objects, strike a discourse with the contemporary to reveal a visceral drive in the act of making.”

A work by Orna Feinstein featuring an array of concentric circles on a pink background.

Orna Feinstein, “Tree Spirit #74,” 2022, 36 x 36 inches.

4. Scenes Unseen: Works by Orna Feinstein
Beeville Art Museum
September 9 – December 16, 2023

From the Beeville Art Museum:

“The compressive exhibit, Scenes Unseen: Works by Orna Feinstein, features more than 100 pieces including monoprints, paintings, mixed media works, and sculptures from various series that she worked on in the past 21 years. In addition, a site-specific installation will also be on display.

For 25 years, Feinstein’s artistic journey has been defined by the interplay between nature’s organic intricacies and the mesmerizing allure of geometric patterns. Inspired by the beauty of nature, its color, texture, and energy Feinstein has found the tree trunk to be nature’s most intriguing and inspiring object. With a focus on the interior geometry of the organic, her work is often inspired by the vascular tissue of a tree; specifically, as viewed through a microscope.”

A designed graphic promoting Under Construction: The Inaugural Exhibition.

Under Construction: The Inaugural Exhibition

5. Under Construction: The Inaugural Exhibition
Under Construction (San Antonio)
December 15, 2023 – January 19, 2024
Reception December 15, 6-10 p.m.

From Under Construction:

“Under Construction is an exhibition concept in the River North neighborhood of San Antonio with the mission to uplift, celebrate, and promote the contemporary art community that already vibrates throughout the city. River North is growing rapidly, and we want to ensure that the arts flourish here, too. For this inaugural exhibition, I’ve invited 35 artists with roots deep in the San Antonio contemporary art community to come together into a new space where we can inspire each other and light creative sparks into the possibilities that an expanding city has to offer.”

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