The Public Trust invites you join us for an evening as Ralph White, far out music instrumentalist and ex Bad-Livers teams up with photo punk and filmmaker Bill Daniel of “Who is Bozo Texino” fame for a one night only exhibition of photos accompanied by live music and a fim screening. Doors are at 7 PM, music starts at 8 and films at 9. There is a $5 donation at the door to keep these guys on the road, so bring a bit of cash with you.
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The Public Trust will be participating in the 3rd Annual East Dallas Gallery Day on Saturday, June 14, from 12-8 PM. This year’s lineup features 14 galleries/art spaces. Complimentary Gallery Day T-shirt and gift bag to the first 25 people at each space, so come early if you want to cop one of those. That evening we will also be celebrating the gallery’s 10 year anniversary with an exhibition/installation called DECADE. A survery of the past and the future of The Public Trust. For the first time in 7 years, Art Prostitute, the publication in which the gallery was born out of, will be available for sale. There is very limited stock in the early issues, so this might be the last time to pick these up.
Dallas-based photographer Misty Keasler, was integral in bringing this exhibition with Matthew Mahon to the gallery. Her connection to Mahon and her understanding of this work and its place within the context of contemporary art and the history of photography brings another dimension to viewing these images, and combined with Mahon’s stories behind the creation of these photographs, makes for a talk not to be missed.
There will be limited seating for this talk, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Facebook Event Page if you plan on attending.
The Public Trust is pleased to present Austin-based, Matthew Mahon, in his debut solo exhibition UNDER. A reception for the artist will be held at the gallery on Saturday, April 26th from 6-9PM.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
From 1990-1992, Philip-Lorca diCorcia photographed male prostitutes in Los Angeles near Santa Monica Boulevard. For the portrait, the men were paid a fee comparable to what they would charge for their services. There was nothing random about the encounters, as diCorcia carefully composed the scene before approaching his subject. The tension between the subject and diCorcia’s heavy direction of the shoot, created 21 images that, in 1993, would be exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, Hustlers.
The Hustlers series was an early inspiration for Matthew Mahon. Like diCorcia, he paid his subjects their rate for services to create images. However, Mahon’s, interest in the subject stems from an encounter he had with a prostitute in his formative years, when he awkwardly lost his virginity at the age of 14.
The clearest delineation between these 2 bodies of work, is a level of intimacy that Mahon has with his subjects, a residual affection which lingers from his first sexual experience, and that the women were given no direction. They were photographed doing what they wanted to do, projecting themselves as they would like to be seen. The result is a series of striking images that invoke humor, camp, irony and sorrow.
The Public Trust presents WORD!, a group exhibition that further explores the intersection of text and image in contemporary art. Featuring work by William Binnie, Mel Bochner, Matthew Cusick, Cody Hudson, Ryan Humphrey, Taro-Kun, Lawrence Lee, and Lucia Simek. The exhibition will be on view until April 19, 2014.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The role of text in art, or even as art, is not an unconventional idea. Where the consideration now lies, is how different we experience text than we did 5-10 years ago. Texting, hash-tagging, twitter, tumblr, Facebook etc. have altered the English language; truncating it and reducing short phrases to acronyms such as BRB, WTF, OMG, NSFW and many others. As advertising once inundated us with printed and digital imagery, equal efforts are being made to shape so many aspects of our life in 140 characters or less. Thanks to smartphones, text communication has become prevalent in all aspects of life. Places like the grocery store, the gym, bathrooms, our cars etc, that were previously void of text-based communicative intrusion, are now hotbeds for it. The ubiquitous nature of text in our lives, is precisely what makes contemporary art, dealing with text, so relevant and important. It calls our attention to the one thing that has been the foundation of our society, and despite it’s overwhelming presence, is largely invisible.
Ryan Humphrey, Tapes, 2013. Acrylic on canvas, 7 parts, 48x60x2 3/4 in. overall. Image Courtesy of DCKT Contemporary.
Favio Moreno: The Metaphysical
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 2014 (6-9 PM)
On view through March 1, 2014
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In this latest body of work, Favio Moreno turns his focus inward with The Metaphysical, a series of small panel paintings depicting the vital organs of the human body as gems and crystal objects. Moreno uses these images as symbols of beauty, while hinting at the inherent fragility of life. The Metaphysical offers the viewer continued insight into Moreno’s ideas about existence utilizing themes of life, death, sickness and the resilience of the human body and spirit.
ABOUT FAVIO MORENO
Favio Moreno is a painter, printmaker and designer working under the moniker The Bodega Negra. Moreno has cultivated a visual language drawing from an array influences including, Mexican culture, Catholic iconography and contemporary design. His work continues in the tradition of Hard-edge painting with an extremely refined sense of color. The artist lives and works in Dallas, Texas.