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by Todd Camplin

At the edge of summer, Circuit 12 Contemporary has organized another group show that features
some artists that need to be introduced to Dallas, even though one of them is from Fort Worth.
These artists have reached a mid-career milestone and are showing all over in important venues,
art fairs, and galleries. Dallas doesn’t have many “blue chip galleries,” but I am convinced that
Circuit 12 Contemporary is emerging as one of them. With their laser sharp focus, global reach
for artists, and growing reputation, Circuit 12 is rising to impressive heights.
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Rachel Owens takes the role of a scavenger who uses discarded materials and reorganizes them
into body parts, crystals, and recyclable goods. NYC has a great deal of trash to use as material,
but instead of just collaging, Owens is repurposing and reshaping the discarded material. Another
Brooklyn artist, Paul Anthony Smith had photographs in the show. Only Anthony Smith is poking
through the images to create a mesh of paper poking out. This damaged photo reveals part of
the image through a filter of geometric forms. Not as violent or seemingly random as Lucio Fontana
might have done, but rather Anthony Smith approaches poking the holes systematically. Manny
Prieres from Miami and lives in LA makes much more than stripes. He works the surface and leaves
damaged paper. The process of creation and destruction in the same piece.

Installation View
So, who is in the Double Edged show? REVOK, who came off the streets with a graffiti resume
and took to the galleries with paintings that play with geometric and expressionistic paint style.
His images reflect his experience in and around LA combined with self-education about art forms
and practices. He might be considered a naive artist by some, but he doesn’t look like one. A
New York artist in the show is Lauren Silva. Her work is abstract, digital print, with traditional
materials mixed in. Thus, her works are paintings, but using the new tools to create something
new and of the age. A painting that uses digital and analog mixed methods. Cincinnati-
based artist Jimmy Baker also uses print and paint media to make his work. However, unlike
Silver, Baker uses something representational in his backgrounds. Then he conceals the image
with laying strips and globs of paint. His kind of work makes you question what is print and
what is rendered. I found myself hovering over his pieces trying to figure them out.
Jusepe de Ribera (Spanish, 1591-1652), Samson and Delilah , mid- 1620s. Black and red chalk with
traces of pen and brown ink. Museo de Bellas Artes, Córdoba
Amber Renaye lives and works in New York. She seems to be the odd person out with her
somewhat kitschy mirror. Upon further research, I see she is really showing kitschy conceptualism.
I’m not being critical of Renaye, but rather it seems she is being critical of conceptual art. Renaye
may be killing Duchampians softly.  Kris Pierce is a Fort Worth artist and also pokes fun, but with
realism. Pierce makes digital images that mimic the real, but these images are not photos but
rather built from software. Like representational paintings, Pierce is creating lifelike images with
tools that trick your eyes.
Circuit 12 Contemporary will finish the group show in July on the 29th. I hope to see these artists in
Dallas again.