Davis Foundry is hosting a Summer Group Exhibition showcasing work by Texas artists. There is no theme to the art other than each piece was chosen because it highlights what the artist feels they are creating right now in their career. Expect all media when you visit. There are sculptures, paintings and drawings.
The gallery is about halfway in between Bishop Arts District and the Tyler Davis Arts District. It’s a clean space with plenty of seating so you can sit back and enjoy the art. The downside to the location is that there are several steps up to get inside. If you have a mobility issue, you will want to call ahead. They might be able to accommodate you. And parking is an issue as well. You might have to park on a side street and walk over.
I attended the Saturday night opening and was able to meet and mingle with several of the artists. Because the theme was summer, they had a paleteria wagon with ice cream treats as well as wine for the guests.
I was drawn to the more organic pieces. Wood, textiles and suggestions of water were used by several of the artists.
Bound Nixie by Denny Doran is both charming and disturbing. She’s a wood sprite who should be free, but has been trapped in a noose and we don’t know what her future will be.
Prototype by Ray LaBoeuf is a push me/pull you eighteen wheeler. Ray told me that his thought when designing the sculpture was the current state of politics. Both sides are inherently identical but in a constant battle to separate.
Tina Medina’s Keeping Her Head Above Water seems very Asian to me which is a surprise. Tina’s bio is a proclamation of her Latina heritage. There are what looks like fish skeletons in water topped off by bold red script which are more elements of Japanese art rather than the Meso-American motifs Tina said she was using.
Art Garcia is from West Texas and Fuego looks like something he might have found in a desert cave. They are flutes or walking sticks – some prehistoric relic of a native ceremony.
From contemporary to primitive, there should be something of interest for everyone. Artists include: Bernardo Cantu, Denny Doran, Chis Howell, Leta Kish, David Lamb, Tina Medina, Daniel Emerick Pedigo and Loran Thrasher. Also look for art by gallery owners Art Garcia and Ray LeBoeuf.