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Kettle Art opened in November of 2005 with the intent of reviving a neighborhood in decline. In bringing the Deep Ellum area ‘back to it’s roots’ the gallery also offered countless Texas based artists a place to show. With an ‘inclusive as opposed to exclusive’ attitude, uncommon in most galleries at the time, the overall mission has been achieved.
Kettle Art, in it’s present location, will be closing in late spring. We see this as a great opportunity for expansion of ideas and creativity to benefit our community.
Our concluding schedule at 2714 Elm is as follows:
February 9, 2013 – For the Love of Kettle – One night Only!
Opens February 16 – For the Love of Artists – Feb. 23, 2013
Opens March 7 – Derek Rankins The Part & the Whole (Thesis Show) – Mar. 23
Opens March 28 – Justin Terveen – April 13
Opens April 18 – Past Present & Future (a gallery retrospect) – May 4.
This can be seen as the end of an era but may also be viewed as a new beginning. News of our relocation will come once the dust has settled. Please rest assured this is a giant step forward.
Read the following Pegasus News article for details:
Over the years Kettle has received:
Five ‘Readers Choice’ awards for Best Art Gallery in the Dallas Observer‘s annual ‘Best of Dallas’ issue, losing only twice to the Dallas Museum of Art.
Three, top five placements of North Texas galleries on the WFAA A-List, coming in at #5 in 2009, #2 in 2010 and #1 in 2011.
National publications mentions include: USA Today, Art News, Juxtapoz, Twisted South and most recently in Art Places in America.
“The road to the store”.
What could that mean?
We go to the store to get what we want, and need.
As in life, we work towards something; some end that we want, need, or hope to accomplish.
In life, we are on a road to a store.
Artist Reception, August 23rd from 7-10pm.
Don’t miss this.
We’ve got a lot of artists to interview for “New Blood. Old Money.” before we put together a closing reception and decide it is time to put this show to bed. That is why over the next few days you will see interviews posted in rapid-fire succession.
So, without further delay, Kettle Art brings you another virtual sit-down with “New Blood. Old Money.” artist Arthur (“Artman”) James.
Arthur (“Artman”) James
Kettle – Tell us a bit about yourself (give a brief bio).
Artman – Born/raised in Dallas – which makes me a bit odd. Went to University of North Texas for Design Communication Degree. Professional commercial artist for the last 15 years in the advertising biz. I was obsessed with comic books as a kid – I read them, made them. It makes since that I do this for a living.
Kettle – The name of this show is titled, “New Blood, Old Money”. Which are you, “New Blood” or “Old Money”?
Artman – Im old broke-ass money;), but “New Blood” to showing at Kettle.
Kettle - What intrigues or excites you about exhibiting at Kettle Art?
Artman – Kettle is the scene. Who wouldn’t want to show there?
Kettle – how long have you been associated with Kettle Art? What past shows have you shown your work? Which one was the most memorable so far? What intrigues you about this particular show?
Artman – I have only participated in the “For the Love of Kettle show last year, but I’ve been associated with Frank Campangna since ’98, lived in Deep Ellum for 5 yrs. To live in Deep Ellum was to know Frank, and to know Frank is to know Kettle. I’m proud to have known the Kettle before the Art. Art & Soul, Mythology of the Blues was my biggest one man, at theBoydGallery in Deep Ellum. What intrigues me about Kettle show is the varied styles of the awesome artists. I’d call it a “prism-show”. All the colors of the rainbow are represented in this show.
Kettle – How many pieces do you have on exhibit for “New Blood. Old Money.”? Can you tell us a little about each one?
Artman – I have 4 pcs. 1) ”Blues Harp study IV” – ink study. 2) “Bens Chili Bowl” – mythology play on this famous chili parlor inWashingtonDC(I ate a brilliant chili dog there)and Big Foot…why not? They’re both delicious. 3) “Attitudenial Robot” - using robot as human metaphor. My favorite part of this is the paper(old found newsprint sketchbook I found from my days at UNT ala ’93, AND the red nose. My thought is how stupid we American humans can behave – all attitude and a pea for a brain. 4) ”Buzz Lounge” this is an old portfolio box that I used to ship my artwork to advertising agencies. The irony here, is that I made this cover as “non-commercial” as possible:)
Kettle - Where did you find the inspiration for these pieces?
Artman - Inspiration is a mysterious creature. Specific to the pieces in this show: An old memory, a terrific chili dog, watching the evening news, and thumbing a buzz saw at the advertising industry – which I strangely love and do well at, and in turn is the bane of my existence.
Kettle – Were you able to attend opening night for “New Blood. Old MOney.”? What was your favorite part of the night? What pieces really stood out to you?
Artman – Yes I attended along with my wife and rep Holly. Meeting Tony Reans and looking at his amazing Flash Gordon pieces, were a highlight, Clint’s work is astounding and really dug Kelsey’s stuff. Everybody’s work is killer. Also, seeing a collegue Ray-Mel Corneilious – a brilliant artist, old friend, and a salt of the earth soul.
Kettle - Will you be showing with Kettle again?
Artman – I would love too. In another group show or one-man, if they’d have me.
Kettle – Do you have any other shows coming up where one could see your work?
Artman – In development, nothing nailed due to a long term project I currently working on. I’m showing at the Meridian Room currently, and I have a bunch of my work on Facebook (Arthur James aka ARTMAN. I have this Idea (dream really), of doing a show out of an old Airstream trailer. Kind of like a “food truck” but with Art. I’d drive the SHOW around for a month.
Kettle – What is in the future for you and your art? Do you see yourself or your art developing in any particular way in the near future?
Artman – Mobile Art Truck. Ive always wanted to do an art-car, sculpture show.
Kettle – Where else can one find your work? (online or otherwise)
Artman – My Ninja rep Holly Oney’s website www.KingeswifeProductions.com, www.Foundfolios.com, Flickr, www.Workbook.com, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arthur-James-aka-Artman/139395560368) and in my mind yet to be discovered and uncovered.
Last week we started a series of interviews that feature the artists of our current show, “New Blood. Old Money.”
We started off with some “Old Blood” by featuring Ange Fitzgerald.
Today we focus on some “New Blood” by introducing you to Mark C. Merchant.
I found his answers to be short and sweet. Yet I also found that they gave me a little insight into who he is as a person and who he is as an artist.
I think you will find the same.
Enjoy the interview & enjoy his art …
Mark C. Merchant