Fall gallery season is in full swing and the galleries of the Design District have some very interesting and exciting shows opening this weekend. Here are my three can’t miss openings for this Saturday, including two, coincidentally, with an interesting focus on water.
Texas-Bauhaus at PDNB Gallery
As a general rule, I think Dallas galleries do a really good job of making the connections between Texas artists and the art historical movements they work within. And, as with most people, I have an affinity for particular schools of art. The Bauhaus, an all-encompassing German art movement well-known for its utilitarian and modernist artistic tenets, is one which I find particularly fascinating. Hence my excitement for PDNB Gallery’s show entitled “Texas-Bauhas: The Bauhaus connection with Texas.” PDNB will feature photography from Bauhaus artists and three North Texas artists whose work is influenced by the principles of the movement. In another interesting twist, the three Texas artists represented are all women. The show opens on Saturday, October 13th with a reception at PDNB Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. and will run through January 5.
Dara Mark: Chi Gong at Smink
Chi Gong is a Chinese practice of meditation which involves a focus on rhythmic breathing in conjunction with fluid movements to create a calm state of being. People engage the practice for a variety of reasons, including alternative medicine, exercise and, of course, meditation. In Dara Mark’s work on display at Smink, Mark uses her Chi Gong practice to influence her exploration of water through ethereal watercolor paintings. She allows the water to draw the pigments of her watercolor out until it settles while, at the same time, inserting a structure so the free-flowing pigments and Mark’s regular structure of white space create a unique result. Mark compares the visual flow of her paintings to “a breath supported by the structure of the ribcage.” Smink will host an opening reception for “Dara Mark: Chi Gong” on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and the show will be on display until November 24.
Le Temps de L’eau, Take Me to the River at Cohn Drennan Contemporary
I’m a sucker for artist collectives. When a group of like-minded artists come together, make a statement and create unique exhibits and projects, I always feel as though, even if they create work outside of my preferred styles, I’ll find something inspired and fascinating about a group of people who feel so passionately about what they are doing. On Saturday Cohn Drennan Contemporary opens a unique show from an artist collective who call themselves Take Me to the River (TMTTR). The group recently created a multidisciplinary project in Provence, France that addressed water-related themes. They were commissioned to create the exhibit for the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles last spring and we arere fortunate that Cohn Drennan has snagged the show for a stop in Dallas.
According to the mission statement for the exhibit from TMTTR, “The works of art presented in Le Temps de L’eau present the majesty of water, the spirituality related with water, the abuse of water, the politics of water, the commerce connected to water, water as a metaphor that unites people and even the fun and joy of water.” It sounds fascinating. Cohn Drennan is hosting an opening reception for “Le Temps de L’eau” on Saturday from 6 t0 8 p.m. and you can view the exhibit until November 21.