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todd
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2014
WEST OF DALLAS
by Todd Camplin

There is a good reason to plan a visit west of Dallas this Saturday. The Fort Worth Art Dealers Association is
having their Spring Gallery Night on March 29. This association is similar to Dallas’ own DADA organization
in that it includes non-profits and commercial spaces. And you might say this encompasses greater Fort
Worth, because art spaces in Arlington are also included.
With 26 galleries dispersed throughout a large area, it is good to narrow things down a bit. At the top
of my list every time I visit Fort Worth is William Campbell Contemporary Art. This time in particular
because Jake Gilson is showing his messy oil stick and oil pastel minimalism. Gilson takes the idea of
traditional simple clean shapes of minimalism and twists it through his use of material and application.

TCU has some great art spaces, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts and Moody Gallery. I especially want
to see Ryan Goolsby’s MFA thesis show titled “What Goes On.” His simple sculptures of wood with a
hint of color are really complex representation of graphic information. Goolsby is one of those
Information Age artists that is reinterpreting the world and questioning how information is conveyed.
FWCA show titled “Dramedy” has 12 artists playing in dark themed work. I also like to see the big
Biennial group show at the Fort Worth Community Art Center, however, FWCA will likely have a
lot less noise. Fort Worth Modern is also a must see space. I would love to see the “New York in the
1980s: Urban Theater” show. All those objects and artists that I read about in my contemporary art
books will be there. It will be like experiencing those books all over again. Eclectic Expressions in
Arlington has shown Bernardo Cantu, which instantly gives them credibility to go out of your
way to visit.
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Nic Noblique - The Routes We Wonder 66  x 40 x 33
Rebecca Lowe Gallery
When I feel like going to shows I know nothing about, but could be great gems, then I like  visiting

Jake Gilson - MK 75 2011 oil pastel on paper 59 x 42 in.
William Campbell Contemporary Art
Ryan Goolsby - Moudy Gallery: The Art Galleries at TCU