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SWELTER
at Kirk Hopper Fine Art thru August 16
by Todd Camplin

Now that summer actually feels like summer, group shows are heating up the Dallas
art scene. Kirk Hopper Fine Art melts together style and subject in a show titled Swelter,
only the subject is a bit heavier than your typical summer read.  This is Giovanni Valderas'
first curated exhibition at Kirk Hopper Fine Art and I had high expectations after his
dynamic shows at Mountainview College.
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Eduardo Portillo, African Galaxy Supernova
mention, but I feel I could have mentioned just about every piece and said something positive
about the work.
Kirk Hopper Fine Art and Giovanni Valderas put on a fine show this summer. I
look forward to his strong critical eye making an impact on the Dallas art scene. The show
runs through August 16th.
Shayne Murphy, Big Black, Oil on panel, 2015
her figures and leaves a shell of what looks like film stills or journalist pictures. In similar fashion
Ed Blackburn’s paintings touch on topical issues by directly responding to the news as it breaks.
An accompanying text painting hangs next to his large image painting. Ed marries the usually
vacuous Pop style with highly thought provoking conceptualism to create a hybrid where
image and text play off each other. High concept and simple figurative aesthetics combined
to form a political punch that is not preachy, but still in you face.   

Carlos Donjuan also plays with contradictions. I found his work titled Tired of Dreaming, incredibly
cute and creepy. I don’t think I would have paid it much mind if not for my five year old girl
pointing it out. She asked me why the picture was sad. I said it was that the faces had slight
smiles, but she insisted it was a sad image. But, she thought the two headed duck was cute,
as did I. The boy’s mask in the picture was most revealing. People under some kind of mask
seem to be Donjuan’s motif obsession. Michael Reeder has a piece that looks to be a
silhouette or maybe masked like Donjuan, but Reeder adds an element of decay that
makes the work somewhat haunting. I feel like the face was erased from the painting.
Alejandro Diaz Ayala - Proky 3 2013
Some of the best art is made when an artist takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. When
it comes to photography, few people bother with this approach, but thankfully an exception
Martin Delabano_Soaked_2015