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HolidayPresenceXIII

In this season of joyous celebrations, Kettle Art presents our 13th annual Holiday Presence exhibition, This show features art, gifts, small works and unique, artisan-crafted pieces made exclusively by local artists. Nearly all works are $200.00 or under,  and all are cash & carry.

This exhibit runs through December 24.

Watch for special announcements throughout the exhibit; artists collaborating on-site, updates on new items, impromptu parties, and extended hours.

Artists included but are not limited to: Brad Albright, Katrina Rasmussin, Clint Scism, Corey Godfrey, Cathey Miller, Richard Ross, Erin Curry, Justin Clumpner, Jamie Walters, William ‘Bubba’ Flint, Amy Seymour, Nick Glenn, Emily Yandell, Ruben Ramirez, Dani Kent, Steve & Erin Reeves, Candice Lindsay, Frank Campagna and many more TBA,

Thank you for your continued support of the amazing local artists who make our art scene one of the most vibrant in the country!

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made_for_tv

Kettle Art is proud to host ‘”Made for TV” a group exhibition featuring the work of Christopher Machorro, Franco Fazio, Max Quest, and guest curator Raymond Butler. Together these artists explore pop culture, street art, cartoons, video games, etc. reflecting sentimental values from their personal perspectives.. All works use vibrant colors and playful imagery to entertain, challenge, and guide the viewer.

Made for T.V – About the Artists.

Christopher Machorro : I specialize in illustration with a background in Graphic Design and Street Art. My art style comes from a combination of Pop Surrealism, Graffiti, and Low Brow Art where I emphasize the combination of different colors as my focus when producing works. Some of my inspiration come from adult swim animations, pop culture, and music which influence the imagery produce.

Max Quest : I go by the name Max Quest, originally born in Mexico I grew up watching anime and Saturday morning cartoons on Cartoon Network. What stood out to me the most about those shows were the bright vivid colors. No matter what the mood being fed by the images portrayed the colors mellowed the tone by masking it with this fun spectrum of color. Which sometimes hid in plain sight violence, tragedy, or sadness. These shows along with my passion for drawing inspired me to explore my interest in color. Today my work uses the same techniques to represent metaphors of my own personal experiences. It’s a way for me to cope with adulthood and make sense of the world around me. The images in my work spawn from graffiti, cartoons and pop culture.

Franco Fazio :As an artist, my work often represents a transition of states, and heavy juxtaposition as a mean of challenging and subverting the perceived merit of traditional imagery within art. My work pulls heavily, and sometimes directly from ideas associated with pop-culture and street art. I often try to sample small aspects of established works within fine art and submerge them into heavily pop-culture influenced pieces as a means of asking questions; namely, is the incorporation of a pre-established and successful work cheapened in a contemporary context? And are the two worlds mutually exclusive? I like to think that the contrast of imagery and different cultural contexts persuades viewers to analyze the contrasting elements as a cohesive idea. Another consistency in my work is the implementation of vague and abstracted figures, often intertwined by a gloved hand attached to a seemingly endless arm. I use this as a physical representation of my love of pop-culture and its hold on me, and what I believe to be its hold on society to a greater extent. The reach of pop-culture is powerful, and I think it’s often discredited. Whether viewed as cynical or endearing, It’s my perspective that contemporary artists should be encouraged to borrow and recycle ideas from established work in an effort to shift preconceived perceptions of originality—allowing for alternative methods to describe the work in a new context, this redefines the appropriated imagery and allows for the juxtaposition of elements to suggest new meaning in ideas.

Raymond Butler: I’m a Dallas based artist and curator. Currently, I am the Gallery Director of the H. Paxton Moore Gallery at El Centro College. In the past, my work has consisted of painting, drawing, sculpture, and collage. My most recent work revolves around my experiences growing up in a rough part of Dallas in the ’90s. There weren’t a lot of children in my neighborhood to play with, so I spent a lot of time watching television, eating sandwiches, drawing and hanging out with family.

The Importance of Sandwiches and Cartoon houses:
It seems like a random thing to mention in the grand scheme of my childhood, but I found creative inspiration in the remembrance of sandwiches, the food of champions for most kids growing up poor in America. For some time, I’ve been creating handmade wooden versions of sandwiches I call “Sammys.” They are a nostalgic, tongue-in-cheek representation of the ups and downs of my upbringing. They are all different in some ways; anthropomorphised cartoonishly, sometimes missing details of what one might expect to be on a sandwich. This could be interpreted a number of ways, but I’m focusing on how the contents of the sandwiches depended on the availability of resources from my childhood.

Like the cartoons I adored so much, these pieces are not only an expression of the time and environment of my youth but also an escape: the Sammys make absurdly funny faces, almost in reaction to those cartoons, which in turn offered humor, violence, and endless entertainment away from the realities of my world. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Buried within the systemic and social otherization experienced, was a sense of community, of belonging; we worked together and helped each other out despite our own personal barrier.

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Storyline
“A written study of memories”
40 hour endurance installation performance by Erica Felicella
Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum 10/25/17 – 10/26/17
2650 Main Street Dallas, TX 75226
Reception and last years three years from 7-10pm 10/26/17

The passing of time into memory is something that we all experience in life but does it ever make it out of our past into the current moment. Performance artist Erica Felicella is locking herself in to document the whole story of her 40 years in 40 hours. Recording the years onto paper by writing a year an hour. What are altered memories and what is still accurate? Does anyone ever know the truth of oneself?

Her path that has taken her all over the country and world will flow out onto paper one keystroke at a time until she reaches the current moment that stands in front of her. With only a typewriter and coffee she will work tirelessly to reach the present. From the highs to the lows, New Jersey where she was born in 1977 until where she sits in Dallas, TX present day all is to be revealed.

Kettle Art Gallery at 2650 Main Street Dallas, Tx 75226 in Deep Ellum will serve as the inside of her mind from 6am Wednesday October 25th, 2016 to 10pm Thursday October 26th, 2016. Feel free to stop by and watch through the windows into her brain and come in and see the findings for the final 3 hours and last three years of her documenting her life from 7pm-10pm October 26th.

Artist Statement:
Conceptual thought is the tool I use to convey the ideas behind my work. By the time one of my pieces or collection of works has reached the production stages, a long process of research and development has come before it. For me the journey is just as much a part of the final production as creating the finished product. I love creating works that get a viewer to stop and contemplate the connection to their own life. In over the last decade patterns have begun to form in my work. I tend to take personal moments from my own life to create pieces that can relate to a bigger picture of human emotion and reaction.

Currently I have been moving into broader and larger multiple medium based projects. My current and currently being planned works involve performance installation using viewers or myself as the subject and sometimes both. The ideas are formed around the thoughts and reaction to human emotional response. In our current society we are obsessed with the observation of others and ourselves. However, we also live in a time where displaying of actual emotion in our American culture is considered to be a weakness. It is my hope to connect viewers with their own emotion by using emotion as the motivator.

shot_by_shot

In honor of Local Music Month, Kettle Art proudly presents “Shot by Shot: North Texas Photographers cover Texas Music”. This exhibit features North Texas (and beyond) renowed photographers Mike Brooks, Rachel Parker, Cal Quinn, Bryan Coonrod, Alan Hayslip and more. This show curated by Jason Janik, will indeed rock your world…

Opening Friday, October 20, 6:00 – 9:00PM.

Show runs through Saturday, October 28th

DeepPrizzi

Opening Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Kettle Art is pleased to host ‘Deep Prizzi’. This show features works by three North Texas artists who were chosen earlier this year to paint murals in Prizzi, Sicily. The ‘Dallas in Prizzi’ artists, Olivia Cole, Maria Haag and Frank Campagna, all come from diverse artistic backgrounds and the murals they produced were equally unique. Amazingly, when they joined forces on this effort, their finished works complimented each other beautifully, ranging from religious, traditional and political subject matter. This endeavor was widely praised numerous times in the Italian national media and recieved some coverage here in the U.S. by local NPR affiliate ‘Art & Seek’. Now it’s Dallas turn to see how these three artists, along with photographs by project executive producer Dr. Dave Atikinson, fair within the walls of a gallery setting in their hometown. This show runs through September 30.
http://artandseek.org/spotlight/dallas-artists-in-prizzi/

KettleForHouston

Over the past 12 years, Kettle Art has worn its commitment to Texas artists as a badge of solidarity and respect for the incredible talent in our state. Following the recent tragic events on the Gulf Coast, the Dallas-based artists in our community present “kettle art for hoUSton artists” as a one-night-only fundraiser to assist our artist brothers and sisters in their time of need. 100% of the proceeds from this evening will be donated to CERFplus:: The Artists Safety Net.

Saturday, September 9 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Confirmed artists donating so far for this one night only event include: Erin Curry, Justin Clumpner, Amber Campagna, Brian Crawford, Katrina Rasmussen, Richard Ross, Cabe Booth, Judith Lea Perkins, Jason Janik, Amy Seymour, Jonathan Creel, Jennifer Gregory Portz, Candice Lindsay, Frank Campagna, Jennifer Lafleur, Misty Amber Moore, Roy Cirigliana, Susan Carson, Paul Pena and more. Also, a limited edition of this incredible work by William ‘Bubba’ Flint will be available on a first come first served basis.

BlackAndWhiteAndReadAllOver

Kettle Art proudly presents ‘Black & White and Read all Over’ featuring Illustrators Brad Albright, William ‘Bubba’ Flint and Miguel ‘Miggy’ Aguilar.

Illustrations are everywhere. In the papers, on the web, on products, on billboards and more. They instruct, amuse, infuriate, tell us what to buy /where to go, and overall are an integral part of our lives. The three artists we present come from three diverse areas of illustration and essentially cover all previously mentioned aspects of living in America.

This show runs through August 19, 2017

About the Artists:

Brad Albright is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, and merch designer working with leading licenses in music, entertainment, and publishing. Guided by a lifelong love of drawing, his specialties include album cover illustration and 3D poster design for retro red/blue glasses. As inspired by music, comics, literature and movies, his line-art illustrations often revel in science fiction, horror, and Wild West genres. The pieces on display include gig posters, personal illustrations, and pop-culture inspired poster art, most of which are presented in 3D with provided glasses.

William “Bubba” Flint received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University. His Editorial Cartoons appear in The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, The Katy Trail Weekly, The White Rock Lake Weekly, Park Cities People, Preston Hollow People and Amusement Today. Flint has also illustrated six children books. Artist Statement: I describe my work as Future Paintings of the Past! I find inspiration from all areas of Pop Culture. Childhood memories constantly creep into my paintings. With a nod to Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow and Underground, I want the paintings to give a quick glimpse into a universe that almost makes you smile…

Miguel “Miggy” Aguilar has been part of the Dallas underground since the early 2000’s when he introduced his first three comic books under the title of “Mr. Zombie”. After that he started showing his lowbrow artwork at bars around the Deep Ellum area. He was invited to show in his first gallery show at Nine Eyes Gallery in the winter of 2005 where he met the artist & future gallery owner Frank Campagna of the great Kettle Art. In addition to the lowbrow ink style work that has made him a regular feature at the gallery he has continued to work in the comic book medium, done fliers for bands and is now showing interest as a fine art painter, some of which will be featured in this show.

sacred

Kettle Art proudly presents “Sacred: New Works By Justin Clumpner” featuring current illustrations and paintings by the artist, as well as an exclusive, immersive installation, in the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Clumpner’s work continues to explore the implications of America as a “Christian nation.” Working primarily in paint and collage, he depicts symbolic narratives built around portraiture. Using newspaper and advertisements as source material, Clumpner looks to our contemporary existence to find the maddening, the ironic, and the absurd. He uses this imagery to create secular icons of morality inspired by the stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts that were ever-present in his upbringing. Using these same symbolic elements mixed with contemporary imagery, he creates something both new and familiar.

As Clumpner explains:

We have declared ourselves a Christian nation, but problematically the generosity, sacrifice, and love of our Christian saints do not align with the needs of contemporary America. We will need new saints. Saints of greed and division. Saints that tear apart man and nature, looking for every lucrative resource, and then building walls to protect that wealth. With that in mind, I have created this monument.

Opening Reception: Friday, June 16th, 5 to 8pm

Kettle Art | Deep Ellum | 2650-B Main Street | Dallas, TX 75226

On view through July 8th

SummerSession2017

Kettle Art Proudly Presents “Summer Session: Creative Works By DFW’s Teaching Artists”

As William Butler Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Teaching artists balance between educating and producing, constantly stoking their own creative flames while igniting a passion for art in their students. Concurrently working to enrich the lives of children, while maintaining professional practices, they both strengthen the artistic community and enhance their understanding of their individual crafts. This exhibition highlights the work of some of the finest artist educators working in primary and secondary schools in Dallas-Fort Worth. Please join us in celebrating their work and dedication to our community.

Participating artists including:

Chris Bingham

Devyn Gaudet

Dani Kent

Loughridge C. Murrell III

Katrina Rasmussen

Opening reception is Thursday,  June 8th, from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

On view through Saturday, July 8th.

SignificanceImposed

Kettle Art proudly presents MakeShift PhotoRama: Significance Imposed. This group exhibition features twelve local photographers paired with twelve local writers in a collision of words and images.

Born from a love affair between the written word and the photographic eye, this exhibition is certain to take you on a roadtrip that will invoke a strong sense of passion, persistence and the wide open spaces unique to Texas.

Photographers & Writers

Diane Durant & Christopher Stephen Soden
Don Essmiller & A. Kendra Greene
Devyn Gaudet & Andrew Koch
Justin Goode & Caitlin Pryor
Jason Lee & Sebastian Paramo
Paxton Maroney & Dan Collins
Erin Reeves & Leslie Aguilar
Steven Reeves & Courtney Marie
Guy Reynolds & Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi
Rachel Rushing & Robin Turner
David Simpson & Lisa Huffaker & Tim Cloward
Patti Simpson & Joe Milazzo

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