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HOW CAN YOU TAKE THE TEMPERATURE
OF YOUR ART SCENE?
by Todd Camplin

I find one good way is checking out other cities close by and compare the work at the galleries and
museums. So, I visited Houston to see how Dallas is doing.

Houston, like Dallas, has scattered art galleries with a few concentrations, so driving all day to see a lot
of work is a must. I started my gallery search in the Upper Kirby area. Particularly around the Collquitt
Inset. Galleries like McMurtrey, Moody, and d.m. allison are clustered together with several other art
spaces. Couched inside McMurtrey Gallery is Hello Project Gallery which has a show of glitch inspired
art by Michelle Rawlings. Her paintings are something that seems familiar to Dallas gallery goers, but
a little more raw, less refined, and less slick. CentralTrak would be a perfect place for Rawlings to show
this work. Her collection of pigment prints on silk look like digital image files corrupted and unreadable.
Much of her eye catching work played with this motif. Moody Gallery is showing Michael Bise’s
awkwardly drawing figures with some enjoyably off putting images. I made a quick pass over the
show, then stopped and thought I saw a fully dressed young woman and a nude ambiguously
aged teen drinking coffee casually as the woman looks out at the viewer. Bise’s drawing also
had the quality of being less polished and more raw than much of the Dallas scene.
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