500X Gallery EXPO Juried Show
Through Jan 30, 2010
On view at the annual 500X Gallery EXPO Juried Show are works of art by emerging artists living right here in the heart of Texas. This year’s show was juried by English artist Richard Patterson and Christina Rees, TCU Curator of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts. This exhibit runs through January 30, 2010.
Kudos to 500x for a well curated show! I’m told that when artists dropped off an astounding 700 works of art for consideration the week before, there were pieces trailing out of the gallery onto the sidewalks. 500x did an impressive job of limiting their selection to a mere 70 pieces. (I know a couple artists whose fabulous work was not chosen!) Shows like this have a tendency to get large and crowded; especially with such a huge turn out for entries and the possibility of filling this magnificent space in the spirit of celebrating the art-making spirit. 500x skillfully balanced giving a lot of artists the opportunity to show their work with giving the viewers an exhibition layout that was skillfully handled. There is plenty of space between the works, enabling the viewer to form an intimate connection with an individual piece.
When I view an exhibition like the 500x EXPO, a few thoughts are running through my mind. The primary question I ask is Do these well displayed and properly lit works of art give me all the answers? I am drawn to works that provoke more questions than I expected at first glance. That said, the pieces that immediately stood out for me were
- Jellyfish by Elizabeth MacDonald
- Ornamental by Rachel Fischer
- Bluebird Chasing Sun by Ashley Millow
- Oedipus Loves Electra by Alfredo Salazar-Caro
- Old Glory by Adeniyi Olagunju
As I made my way through the gallery for a third time, I did not envy the curators the task of choosing 3 winners from this exhibition. No need for me to fret. They chose 5 winners and three of them were at the top of my list as well!
And the winners are…
- Leticia Gomez
- Elizabeth MacDonald
- Adeniyi Olagunju
- Alfredo Salazar-Caro
- Billy Zinser
I thoroughly enjoyed the opening evening of the exhibition and highly recommend viewing it. Overall, I felt that the artwork chosen really challenged the viewers to see where each artist stands in his/her art while still leaving room for personal interpretation and a depth of discussion. I love it when a juried show has so many works of art that not only make you want more, but encourage you to ask for and demand more from the artists on exhibition. I am looking forward to seeing more from both the artists with whom I had an opportunity to speak in depth and those I did not catch hanging out near their work!
500x Gallery is truly one of the best exhibition spaces not only for Dallas’ emerging artists but also for the viewing public.
500 Exposition Ave., Dallas, Texas 75226
214.828.1111 | 500x.org
Saturday & Sunday noon-5 p.m., and Weekdays by appointment