Friday, July 30, 2010

Uffie - Pop The Glock

I am Woman Show Event Photos and Video Dallas Texas Rising Gallery

The I am Woman exhibit took place at Dallas' new Rising Gallery.  Located on Insurance Lane of Knox street, the gallery packed in a hip crowd of art revelers.  The DJ spun, the drinks were free flowing, and the art took center stage.  There were 18 artists in total with works ranging from abstraction to photography. 

The Alley's House series within the exhibition was sold and 100% of the proceeds went directly to Alley's House. The canvases for this series were sponsored by Betsy Walker "Course of a Different Color".

The artists participating in the exhibition include:

An FGIIIArt and McKane Organization event

Galleri Urbane Marfa /Dallas announces a Call for Artists, 2011 Juried Group Exhibit “NEXT”

Opening Reception Feb 12 -  March 28 2011. Best of Show receives gallery representation, and a Solo Exhibit, Cash Award. Open to all artists 18 years or older, working in Drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installations, video/film, site specific, and mixed media.   Co Curated by
Cris Worley -  Cris Worley Fine Art, (former director for Pan American Art Dallas)

Click here for guidelines and application


Galleri Urbane in Dallas
2277 Monitor St
Dallas, Tx  75206
432 386 0590
432 386 2449

What is Fake Art

So I have had this question in my mind for a while now.  What is fake art?  Maybe there is no such thing as fake art-- maybe it is more poser art.  We have all scene it.  In my personal opinion it is the work that something is just not quite right with.  The piece that has been blatantly copied, or the technique lied about. 

I sent out an email about this very question, and the responses were passionate-- and interesting. 

Here is the email that I sent along with responses.

This question pops up in my head from time to time. I often wonder...

What is fake art to you?

Is it the artwork that has been copied unabashedly from another artist?
Is it work that was said to be painted by hand when it was digitally done?
Is it a tree branch that was painted on, a picture of cat shit? I don't really know-- but I am curios what you think~


Kate Wickham July 30 at 10:26am
Definitely a copy of others' art or style. 
Brett Dyer July 30 at 9:33am
I don't think there is a such thing as fake art. Even giving it the subtitle as a fake version of art, implies there is something artistic about it. I do however, think there is misleading art both in terms of concept and form. Conceptually: Art that is a lying. The message or meaning is untruthful, or is only intended for a select few but is placed in a public forum without suggesting or revealing the inside dialog or story. (Example: David's Napoleon Crossing the Alps) Formally: Art that is presented to the public as original art created by the artist, yet it is composed or influenced from other's objects, images, or even art. (Example: Duchamp's Fountain) Although, with these opinions, most art could be considered misleading, and that is why I think the public also has some obligation to inform and educated themselves to some extint. :) These same ideas could be applied to the news and media. Nice prompt Dookie!
Punkaj Manav July 29 at 10:01pm  
acording 2 me whch art doesnt hv t expresion of n artist i mean t touch ,spntinty,experince nd t mst imprtnt thng is orignalty .so evry art whch doesnt hv thse r fake nw a dys calendr is art cartooning is art copying is art but if ur art doesnt hv any spritual experince tht wud b sme thng else bt nt art art is a tuning of heart soul nd brain

Sue Ellen Davis July 29 at 11:25pm
Fake art has no soul. 
Shari Caldwell July 29 at 10:59pm Report
"Fake" art is when the creator doesn't have the vision or discipline to work through obstacles, mental/talent blocks--whatever--to reach the end, no matter how long or difficult the process. These are the works of creators who settle for less than the best of what is inside of them. 
Junanne Peck July 29 at 8:29pm
Kinda like fake fur.:!#@ 
John Alexander Taylor July 29 at 7:39pm  
Fake art has no soul of artist, when you see a master piece done by one of the greats the work moves you but if it is a copy or fake it is dead on arrival. Why buy fake art when there is young local artist in programs in America that would love your support an then they might one day be called one of the greats.
Nice topic thanks for letting me tell my input on the matter.
As an young artist and a College Professor.
John Alexander Taylor
Rachel Parrish July 29 at 7:27pm
Copies are not fake art if done well. They can serve as a working artists bread and butter. It does not matter the medium, for me art is real, it is the artist that can be the actual fraud. It seems everyone is an artist these days. Maybe the whole story and perceived lifestyle is what they are after. They spend all their time writing statements and explaining their art and little time actually learning and creating their craft. You used to have to study and be a part of guild before you were considered an artist.

The fake artist who doesn't pour their whole selves into their craft create "art" that is perceived as juvenile, rough, and *gasp* amatuerish. That is worse than fake art I suppose, it is bad art from the artist who spends too much time emoting and little time truly painting and creating that piece that burns into you long after you stood witness.

I am not an artist nor aspire to become one, I am a lover and patron of art that moves me no matter where I am or what I am doing.

Stephanie Thompson July 29 at 7:04pm
Art is created or captured
Stephanie Thompson July 29 at 7:05pm
Painting sculpture photos for example
Stephanie Thompson July 29 at 7:05pm
Music and literature
Stephanie Thompson July 29 at 7:06pm
While everyday occurrences can be beautiful I don't consider them art.. 
Aaron Schraeter July 29 at 7:03pm Report
in my experience when art is referred to as "a fake" its when its been counterfeited, ie. the movie "Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollock" is debating whether this apparently newly discovered Pollock painting is legitimate or fake. 
Anne Robinson July 29 at 6:59pm
Copies and reproductions, I think.
Joey Bowman July 29 at 6:59pm
I dont really think of anything as "fake art" but I always get annoyed when people think of photography as not being art. Which would be kind of the same as saying its "fake art". 

Art Collectors Herb and Dorothy Trailer

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Feswtival de la Risa The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

August 6 - 15

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is pleased to join with the Lone Star Film Society and the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas in presenting a celebration of Mexican culture and light hearted cinema.

Featuring films, lectures, discussions, live music, and gourmet Mexican cuisine, this festival is a part of the Mexico 2010 Celebrations that are taking place this year in Dallas / Fort Worth to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution of Mexico.

Film tickets are $8.50/$6.50 for Modern members and Lone Star Film Society members. Tickets go on sale at the Modern two hours prior to show time. Members of Reel People at the Modern and Lone Star Film Society members may purchase tickets in advance by calling 817.840.2154 or the Modern Information Desk 817.738.9215. Full festival ticket packages are available for advance purchase at $50/$40 for Reel People or Lone Star Film Society members.

Friday, August 6

5–8 pm First Friday at the Modern with a Mexican flair!
In the Grand Lobby enjoy a festive cocktail from the cash bar and dance to the exciting salsa sounds of Mi Son Mi Son Mi Son. With traditional Cuban instrumentation Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son (Denton, TX) celebrates Latin music from such areas as Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

5–8 pm Café Modern is open for dinner. Reservations are no longer necessary, but are available for parties of 5 or more. Enjoy Café Modern favorites from the daily menu as well as several gourmet Mexican specials. For dinner reservations and information, call 817.840.2157.

8 pm Welcome, introduction and screening of Ahí está el Detalle (You’re Missing the Point), 1940. In a wacky case of mistaken identity, a bum is treated as a long lost wealthy brother. This is comic legend Cantinflas at his best! Starring Cantinflas, Joaquín Pardavé, Sara García, and Sofía Álvarez. 112 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Filmed during the golden age of the cinema of Mexico, this is generally considered the best of Cantinflas’ films. The film was directed by Juan Bustillo Oro and it is based largely on Bustillo’s experience as a pro bono lawyer at the Belén Jail. The film was completed in only three weeks and much of the story was driven by Cantinflas’ improvisation.

Artist Interview: April A Taylor

What is your name: April A Taylor

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist:  Aside from a couple of short courses I've taken I'm self taught.

What is the style of your pieces: The majority of my work is dark/gritty/urban, with lots of social commentary.  Some of my pieces are considered to be horror photography.  I use props such as gas masks and fake blood to explore corruption and the current state of the world around me, often utilizing illustrative photography to tell a story. 

What is the medium in which you work: Photography

What started you on your path as an artist: I've been taking pictures for as long as I can remember but I started to develop my own style when I began combining my interest with writing with my photography, thereby utilizing illustrative photography to make a statement and/or tell a story.  I'm very fortunate in that I have an extremely over active imagination; I can quite literally close my eyes and entire stories and other worlds unfold for me.  My first illustrative photoshoot, The Post-Apocalyptic Princess, was the catalyst for my entire career (big thanks to model/costume designer Raechael Hardin) as it was the first time that I told one of the stories floating around in my head through photographs first (I did eventually write a novel to tie the story together).  Now I love the challenge of telling an entire story solely through photographs.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: Creative & intellectual freedom.  It is very fulfilling to be able to create images that show the world through my perspective.  I also greatly enjoy collaborating with other creative individuals and my art has allowed me to work with some extremely talented models, for which I'm quite grateful.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: Abstract Expressionist paintings.

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: Yes, I've been featured in a variety of different exhibits, including a small solo show and several group shows.  My work has been shown (and published) in multiple states in the US and also Internationally. 

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: There are three different steps to my creative process; the conceptual design, the shoot itself and the post-processing stage.  For the first and the last of these, I wear whatever I happen to have on (usually shorts or jeans and a t-shirt).  During the shoots I have a tendency to get on the ground, climb things, etc. and so I wear Dickies work pants, as they don't ever seem to stain or rip, combined with an old t-shirt.

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? The only truly frustrating part is having lean times when not much sells and not many photoshoots are booked.  There are times when people flake, too, and of course that's frustrating but it's also part of the territory. 

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: Grilled cheese

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: Yes, I feel that I've become more concise in my storytelling and I've also started to take on bigger/more challenging photoshoots, both of my own design and for paying clients.  I enjoy pushing myself, and any and all boundaries, so I anticipate that my work will continue to evolve to include more grandiose, and perhaps more controversial, themes.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Jackson Pollock

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: There are several, but one that comes immediately to mind is After the Battle by Salvadore Dali.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: I have two cats and unfortunately I think that they view my camera equipment as their mortal enemy -- they do enjoy playing with all of my props, though.  

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: I will be part of a 6 week group exhibit entitled Black & White at the K.A.S. Gallery in Louisville, KY, beginning October 29th.                     

Artist Interview: Gerry Stecca

What is your name: Gerry Stecca

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: B.A. in Visual arts from the University of California in San Diego (87)

What is the style of your pieces: A mix of styles blending into my own. Unless it is a commissioned piece or for a projectt/exhibition that calls for specific requirements.

What is the medium in which you work:  Mostly I create sculptural installations with thousands of Wood Clothespins but i have always painted and do occasional murals, etc.

What started you on your path as an artist: Genes... creativity runs in the family. But it was in college that I fuly turned to the arts.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: Free time and happiness regardless of the struggle.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: Design of objects and buildings.

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: This year I had a solo exhibition and 2 group exhibitions in museums as well as being part of group exhibitions in galleries in WA, FL and CA. My work was also represented by a gallery at MIA (Miami International Art Fair).

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: No... weather and degree of mess determines that.

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist?The inconsistent income.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: Any with melted cheese.

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: Actually my work brought the changes. New exhibiting opps and a few appearances on TV of my work, my studio and self.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Do not have one... I like several.

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: The Guernica by Picasso is up there due to its meaning as it relates to my family history.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: Adopted a turtle 13 years ago. We have a quiet relationship.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: HGTV's Color Splash will feature me in my studio creating a piece that will be placed in a home for an episode to air this season. Making the piece now. Then I will have a few venues during ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2010 but the details are not yet available. March 2011 I will have a solo show in Ft Myers, Fl.                


Artist Interview: Cate Yeonjae Song

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What is your name:
Cate Yeonjae Song

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist:
2009 B.F.A inPainting, Ewha WomansUniversity, Seoul, Korea

2009 I Dropped out of M.F.A in Painting, The Graduate school at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
What is the style of your pieces: 
Expression shows Surrealism, but theme shows realism.

What is the medium in which you work: 
Oil on canvas

What started you on your path as an artist:
Hard to say one specific thing. I feel alive when I do an artistic thing.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: 
Communication! I speak with a lot of people who look at my paintings.
I'd like to show through mypaintings that actually many people has similar internal psychologicalconflicts which is accumulated by so many factors. I hope people get some sortof comforts or change in their life as understanding together rather than beingisolated emotionally. And, I also hope people think of something that they cantalk about their life communicating with my paintings because I am moreinterested in people’s life which is exposed to externalor social factors rather than these factors. I think we acutely need thoseprocedures for our life as I've experienced it.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: 
Expressionism, surrealism

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: 
I had 3 Solo Exhibitions, and over 20 Group Exhibitions. They typically like that they can share genuine feeling when they talk about the theme of my painting.

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: 
A big white apron. Actually it was made by GODIVA for making chocolate though.

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist?
Irregular income and working alone.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time:
Any kind of sandwich would be fine if it is with fresh vegetables.

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they:
Currently I have 2 terms of artworks having differentstatements and style, but they are basically connected with one theme "Care about each other."

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: 
Francis Bacon

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: 
So many pieces of artwork inspire me.  It's hard to pick one.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: 
I don't have right now. I'm planning to have them!!! love them!!  I'm sure they won't be interested in my art, but I love them!!

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us:
I'll have 4th solo exhibition in October in South Korea.


Absinthe Lounge
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Saturday, July 31, 2010
7pm - 10pm (Happy Hour Prices at the Bar)
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--50 Innovative Works of Art on Display at Galleria Dallas July 31 – August 22--

DALLAS, TX – July 9, 2010 - There is no question that Dallas is a buzz over the increasingly sophisticated, diverse and growing local arts community and that there are more patrons of the Dallas arts than ever before.  With an exciting summer upon us, the Red Bull Art of Can exhibition is a must see.  The exhibition will feature more than 50 unique pieces - a wide variety of art made from recycled cans, digital media, paint and more.  The free and open to the public exhibition opens July 31 and runs until August 22 at Galleria Dallas.

What will you see in the Dallas collection?  A life size racing airplane, an old world style painting, a baby bull, a ball gown and much more.  The Red Bull Art of Can competition challenges artists to construct pieces created with or inspired by the iconic Red Bull cans. Innovative artists – professional and amateur – submitted their designs for consideration.  The featured artists are creative types of all ages and occupations – from medical professionals to high school students and fashion designers to classically trained artists. 

The Dallas exhibition collection guarantees not just diversity and variety, but edge and excitement.  Local Dallas finalist Hai Nguyen created some buzz with his cascade of migrating birds in flight.  "The Art of Can exhibition gives everyone, whether they are a full time artist or not, the opportunity to showcase their work to thousands of people and meet other artists and art lovers in their community,” Nguyen said.

With this much talent on hand, a distinguished curator, Myra Walker of the University of North Texas, and judging panel were brought in to help sort through the array of submissions and determine which pieces earned a coveted pedestal in the exhibition.  Their decision was based on the overall creativity, execution and construction of each piece.  Dallas’ judges include:

·       Michael Cain is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Film Society. Cain is an award winning producer/director with more than 50 commercials and music videos to his credit. His documentary, TV JUNKIE, received the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Excellence at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Cain is currently in production on THE STARCK PROJECT, a portrait of the infamous Dallas STARCK Club.

·       Brad Oldham is a sculptor with the mind of an engineer who enjoys creating artistic, useful pieces.  Brad Oldham International, Inc. exists to design and produce sculpture, architectural features, and custom products for commercial and public projects and builds upon Oldham’s highly regarded tenure with the country’s top interior design firms, well-known real estate owners, discriminating private art collectors and public entities.  In 2009, Oldham introduced The Traveling Man, a $1.4 million sculptural series, which has been dubbed by media as a new “hallmark” for the city and “Dallas’ new photographic ambassador” and has been featured on Good Morning America and in Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Veranda, House & Garden, The Dallas Morning News and other national and local publications. 

·       Gail Sachson has been an integral part of the Dallas art world for over thirty years.  After receiving her Master of Fine Arts from SMU, Sachson created ASK ME ABOUT ART, which offers lectures, writings, tours, program planning and consultation in the arts.  She is the Vice-Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission, a member of the Dallas Public Art Committee and a representative on the Board of Directors of a myriad of art organizations, such as Booker T. Washington High School and TITAS.

·       Jason Sheeler is Style Editor for FD Luxe, the monthly luxury lifestyle magazine of The Dallas Morning News. The Parsons grad began his career in New York City where he worked as an accessories designer at high-end labels Marc Jacobs and Jill Stuart.  With a keen eye for both fashion and frugality, Sheeler brings a fresh and often cheeky perspective to Dallas fashion coverage.  When he isn’t busy at FD Luxe, Sheeler moonlights at local radio station Mix 102.9 with a weekly segment highlighting fashion deals and steals.

·       Tammy Theis has been a fashion stylist and writer for the award winning Fashion!Dallas section of The Dallas Morning News since 1985, where she covered the local fashion beat and reported on the New York, London, Milan and Paris collections each season. In July 2009, she opened Wallflower Management, a boutique model agency in Dallas. Her unerring eye has been integral in helping launch the careers of many of Dallas' top models, who can credit some of their first editorial shoots to Theis – Erin Wasson, Chandra North, Ali Michael, Mimi Roche and Brittany Woodward, to name a few.
·       Bob Wade received a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, and a M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and resides in Austin, Texas. As a university art professor Bob was also a recipient of three NEA grants and included in biennials in Paris, France; New Orleans, LA; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Collections include, Chase Manhattan Bank, AT & T, The Menil Collection, and the Austin Museum of Art.

The judges will also award special honors to the top three artists/pieces including the grand prize all-expenses-paid trip to Art Basel, the world’s leading modern art exhibit in Switzerland.  Second place receives tickets for two to Art Basel Miami, while third place takes home a specially customized local art experience.  These three winners will be announced during the private opening on Friday, July 30.  The public will also have a chance to designate a “People’s Choice Award” by casting votes at the exhibit and online at 

Galleria Dallas is located at I-635/LBJ Freeway and the North Dallas Tollway in Dallas and the free public exhibition runs July 31- August 22.  For more information, visit  For press inquiries, please contact Suzi Ellis, 214.991.6975

About Galleria Dallas
Conveniently located at I-635/LBJ Freeway and the North Dallas Tollway, Galleria Dallas offers shoppers more than 200 exceptional nationally and internationally recognized retailers and hosts over 19 million visitors each year.  Center hours are 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.  Visit to learn more about the famed shopping center. Galleria Dallas is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc. 

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