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at Conduit Gallery through May 11
by Todd Camplin

The Dallas art scene was in 3D last weekend. From the massive sculpture show by the Texas Sculpture
Association at Cohn Drennan Contemporary, to the bare bones works of Celia Eberle at Cris Worley
Fine Arts, and the Ideal Women of Allie Pohl’s work at Galleri Urbane Dallas. All were interesting
exhibitions, but unfortunately I had first stopped by Conduit’s showing of James Sullivan which
was the most hands on fun, filled with extraordinary objects, some nice drawings, and epic
figure art which overshadowed my whole experience for the rest of the night.
Last weekend there were a flood of gallery openings and the foot traffic loud and electrifying.
spaces down in the Design District. I counted at least four people nearly tripping over
Sullivan’s works on the floor, and I even had to navigate a patron around a piece myself.
bumped into the work.  But no one seemed to mind, after all there were drawers of objects
you could pick up and examine, including the material he uses. I handled a few items
and I felt a little more connected to the work around me.
made me think of Nam June Paik’s Buddha Watching TV piece. Sullivan has his sculpture
meditating on a stone rather than the self, which seems like a different approach
to enlightenment.
he was representing. Drawings are perfect for this show, because this work can also be left over remains
from a sculpture. The drawing can also have a finished merit that allows it to not only reference what
was made, but also be itself an interesting object. I wish I could have touched
these drawings, like the leftover sculptural pieces. Of course, I understand that he is using a 3D
printer, so maybe the drawings will start to come from a digital source.
Man carrying Rocks
show by Brain K. Jones (Chuck) and Brain K. Scott (George). It was easy for me to dismiss Tuckers
work because it lacks anything I am interested in, but I am still chewing on the installation by
Chuck and George, so it is worth your consideration.  All three shows will be up at
Conduit
through May 11th.
Installation View