Annual Open Show
Through October 31, 2009
There’s nothing like displaying art in an old warehouse, which make 500X Gallery a perfect venue. 500X Gallery, a stones throw from Fair Park, is currently exhibiting the Annual Open Show, an exhibit that gives artists without gallery representation (like me) the opportunity to display their work. 500x Gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday or by appointment. The Annual Open Show runs through Saturday, October 31, 2009.
I recommend seeing the Annual Open Show. Not because my work is currently on display, but because there are lots of interesting works on display with mine. The Annual Open Show exhibits paintings, sculptures, photography, green fuzzy things and mushrooms (Yes, mushrooms. We’ll get to those later.).
The theme for the Annual Open Show is landscape. Unlike the annual members show at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, it appears almost all works were landscapes. There were small folded boxes set-up like a city, metal work that looked like a castle, large scenic paintings and photographs of parking garages; all qualified landscapes. Even the one small head shot photograph displayed sideways was a landscape or at least in landscape mode.
For some reason I was expecting to see more photographs, but brush strokes clearly out numbered shutter releases. It is really refreshing to see art done the hard way (not that good photography isn’t hard).
I could tell you about the art I liked but I would rather show you. Below are some images from the Annual Open Show. Click on any of the small images to view full size images. I photographed a disproportionate number of paintings to photographs because it is hard to shoot through glass (sorry, photographers).
Oh, about the mushrooms. Some artist (I did not get the title or their name) put three rows of dried mushroom tops up-side-down on a base. I am sure if I stared at it long enough that I would get it (like the sideways head shot). Unfortunately, I did not. The anonymous artist is welcome to chime in on their work.
Enjoy the works below and check-out the 500X Gallery Annual Open Show before it closes on Saturday, October 31. Cheers.