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at Dallas Contemporary through December 22
by Todd Camplin

On a lark, I decided to visit the Dallas Contemporary again. To be honest, I have not been
back for about a year now. Not after my rant about how the Contemporary had become a soul
crushing display case for depressingly bad art. Despite my take on the programs and direction,
I was welcomed to visit anytime. I thought it best to take a snapshot of just one show this time.

On display are four shows:  Faile collaboration, Georg Herold, Kevin Todora, and Lucia Simek + Kristen
Cochran. The Brooklyn based Faile collaboration brought me back to just about every outdoor art
fair, some flea markets, comic conventions and a few art galleries I have visited. People all over the
United States use this purely nostalgic imagery. They all use the same images, referencing the same
era of the 1950’s and 60’s. These objects are popular with the tattoo enthusiast, bikers, and of
course hipsters. So many people make this stuff that I am not sure how these artists really stand
out among the crowd. I don’t think I have read so many words in an art exhibition that had so
The long hallway was a space I would happily revisit. Lucia Simek and Kristen Cochran were true
The German artist, Georg Herold is classic garish Dallas Contemporary fare. This overly cool artist uses
flashy figures, some carpets with brick interactions, paintings that use caviar, and a few other
random things. Paintings with caviar, how pretentious can you get. Several pieces, similar to
the carpet and bricks seemed purely lazy in concept and execution. Sadly, I was attracted
to the figures with clothes. I know I rallied against the Contemporary for over exposing fashion
in their space, but what can I say, they spoke to me. Well, not literally, but those dressed up
pieces of wood are the kind of cool I would rather see a little bit more around the place. At
least with these few pieces, Herold hit on something that was more humanizing and yet simple.
Faile Collaboration  - Installation View
Georg Herold - Installation View

Donald Martiny - Installation View
work had all the hallmarks of a quick computer aided design. But it turns out that these
Lucia Simek and Kristen Cochran - Installation View