It reminded me of that flurry of
visual excitement. Those fleeting moments in time. Panic, fear
and the exquisite beauty of fire.
Photographs do that sometimes.
Paintings, too. Nice whenever either works. A difficult task.
Alchemical magic whenever.
I also photographed work by DallasArtsRevue
Supporting Member Robin
Walker, who is on the verge of leaving
the gallery. Whenever I see DARts Members' work, I shoot it.
Never know when a recent photo will help me do some member-supporting.
The penultimate and
perhaps best work I found (besides Michael's winenrs) among
all that slowcase gunk was by Daggi Wallace,
a pile of whose portrait brochures were encased in the busy
middle of her brightly lit, peg-board mini wall space.
It's often difficult to know much
about work reproduced in brochures, but her clean, shiny portraits
looked very nice, far better than the average person and pet
most of the work in this melange by too many different artists
in too few different styles, whenever I got close enough
to Daggi's work to appreciate and enjoy it — I like to
watch the brushstrokes dance up close, I was standing in my
own shadow, with bright lights close enough overhead to singe
fed up with some galleries' too pristine presentations, but
at Artists' Showplace (a remarkably unmemorable name that I
managed to misspell and misremember five different ways before
Ms. Walker finally sorted them all out in Michael's
story), I longed for negative space.
Summer (above) is not altogether
original an idea for a landscape, with its drifting, smearing
seashore. But I'm showing it to introduce Ms Wallace's palette,
which is unnervingly present in all the pieces crowding along
her mini-wall of art.
Wallace - Poplars -
a lot about this landscape that I like and a lot else
that concerns me, but I'm not very interested in separating
them all out. Poplars reminds me of other works I've
seen other places — so it fits
right into the overall oeuvre at the showcase.
But there's a deliciousness
of color and tone and the combo of those rubbed smooth textures
and scribbly lines and purple shadows that I appreciate and
hope she both grows into and out of.