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David Rolston has distilled his love for greenery into a career as one of Dallas’s most notable landscape architects. When learning about his personal history, it almost seems predestined he would build a successful career in his chosen industry. Growing up in the fertile plains of Iowa with parents he describes as “impassioned” about growing things; he found both walking through and tending to his family’s three acres of cultivated land to be a calming experience.
“When they entertained, it was part of their experience to walk through the garden and talk,” he recalls. “When I mowed the lawn, I developed an appreciation for it, too. It was kind of a spiritual experience for me, even at a very young age, to be on a riding lawnmower—that kind of Zen quality of how you drive around in a circular pattern and you eat away at a swath of grass. It’s almost like a labyrinth where you meditate, so it was a very cool experience growing up.”
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From the very start, Rolston approached the terrain with the viewpoint that outdoor spaces needed to do much more than look pretty. By the time he was in high school, his art teacher had hired him to beautify her yard, a project his client was satisfied by, even if he sensed he had a long way to go. Because his mother was hoping he would ultimately become a doctor, Rolston enrolled at the University of
Iowa as a pre-med major. A fortuitous call from a friend studying landscape architecture at Iowa State led to an instantaneous change of heart and location. “I decided that I was going to transfer and become a landscape architect—It was an almost immediate knowledge of what I want to do. I’m now 66 years old, and I garden continuously in my own garden and want to do it until I die.”
Post-graduation, Rolston eventually moved to Texas for the job market and was hired by James E. Lambert and Associates, one of the industry’s most prominent firms at the time. After seven-plus years as an employee and a stint working in construction, he decided to open his shop in 1985. Since then, he has honed his design philosophy by narrowing down the plants and trees that will grow in the occasionally bonkers weather of Texas.
“(We’ll have) mild winters followed by winters that are crazy, followed by a summer that’s hot, hot, hot,” Rolston explains. “Everything is stressful to plants here, and you have to learn what works. Everyone wants to think (all plants) should be native, and that’s fine. But in an ornamental garden—which most people want— there’s a lot more interest to be had with some of the adaptive plants. You have to do a combination of native and adaptive.”
Eschewing exotics like palm trees or delicate blooms such as azaleas, he looks for seedlings that can grow without the added use of chemicals. Through trial and error, Rolston has created a “plant library” resource for clients on his site, dallasgardens.com. This carefully curated selection of grasses, ground covers, trees, perennials, shrubs, and vines will not only survive in our intemperate climate, but actually thrive. Preferring a mix of English and modern gardens, Rolston’s more informal take on plantings serves as
a warm contrast to the former trend of rigid tiers of monkey grass, box hedges, and holly bushes. His freeform layouts employ the philosophy of less is more, though there still exists a classic structure that holds it all together in a visually appealing way. “It’s about mass and focal point and line,” he explains. “I mix formality with more of a loose perennial garden experience. You borrow from other designs and your own designs, but you learn how to put things together. It’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle. It’s the way you
weave plants together, and they make things beautiful.” Although he has created public gardens for the Frito Lay campus, the Montgomery Farm subdivision in Allen, and the Katy Trail, helping dream gardens come alive for residential clients is Rolston’s preferred focus. One of the architect’s signatures is to “interrupt the eye” to create visual depth via bermed-up areas that invite lingering and reflection. “Walls” created from plantings separate a yard into
rooms, allowing him to highlight features such as fire pits, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, ponds, pools, and patios. If a client has a passion for vivid shades in their home, Rolston finds a way to bring a plethora of color into his landscapes. Through getting into his clients’ minds, he can ultimately deliver the garden of their dreams. Despite all the projects on his roster, Rolston still spends a few hours a week cultivating the expansive lawn of
“It’s the way you weave plants together, and they make things beautiful.” — David Rolston
the home he shares with his artist and jewelry designer wife, Julie Cohn. Just like in his early days, his lifelong passion for plants is still something that fuels his soul, both on and off the job. “I’ve really learned about plants through the growing of plants,” he muses. “I don’t know any landscape architect that physically is a gardener as much as I am.” dallasgardens.com
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POETRY IN MOTION In the hands of David A. Dreyer, abstract shapes, muted colors, and precise lines take on a sacred geometry all their own. In his newest show (his eighth!) at Valley House Gallery, he uses the verse of Chinese writer Han-shan (which means “Cold Mountain”) as both a creative jumping-off point and his exhibition title. “I read (the poems) periodically,” Dreyer says. “It’s Zen poetry; that’s the nature of it. They think he was a Buddhist monk who wrote these poems on cave walls and rocks across town. He was an early graffiti artist, I guess.” Dryer originally came to Han-shan’s work through a surprising reference in the Grateful Dead song ‘Mountains of the Moon.’” // david a. dreyer, “eyes of the world”, 2021 // david a. dreyer, Into Morning Dew, 2020
“I was looking up lyrics, and they referenced Gary Snyder’s translation. The music (of the Dead) is pretty awesome, and I’ve come to like it very dearly. That’s a place where titles and things come in—I hear a line in a song that might be perfect for the moment of the painting, write it down on the side of the canvas and later try to make some sensible title of it all.” The frames that enclose Dreyer’s work may hide these little inspirational snippets, but they still serve as a roadmap to his inspirations along the way. Like Han-Shan, the Dallas-based Dreyer is influenced by the stillness of
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nature, most specifically Texas and New Mexico’s wideopen skies. Yet his palette of cool greys, soothing blues, and sandy browns reference much more than what initially meets the eye.
always represent earth directly or land and sky—more recently, they’re a little more about the cosmos and all the earth-making particles that are floating in the cosmos and make up planets and stars.”
“Nature is green on the bottom for earth and blue on the top for sky. I boil it down to its real essence. But they
With each show in his 16-year-history of exhibiting with Valley House serving as a continuum on the same time-
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line, “Cold Mountain” is less a place and more a state of mind—one where every line and shape has its meaning. “Spirit can exist within the paintings and words and imagery. It’s not just a bunch of lines on a canvas with some color. Those lines and colors have specific meanings, or partic-
ular meanings, and every mark has a complete thought. There’s a connectivity of all elements within (a painting)— they all have their reason for being there.” “Cold Mountain Observatory” is on view at Valley House Gallery through April 17, 2021.
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SATELLITE OF LOVE For Erin Cluley, running her successful gallery for the past seven years was just the beginning. This spring, she’s expanding her artistic enterprise with local artist Nell Potasznik-Langford, who will serve as director for the newly formed Cluley Projects in West Dallas. A graduate of the School of Art and Design at the University of North Texas, Potasznik-Langford has spent most of
her career working for luxury brands such as Christian Dior, Hermes, and Harry Winston. Attending art fairs and symposiums in her spare time, she found herself moving in the same circles as Cluley. Yet, the two didn’t meet until last November, when they worked together on the installation of a Nic Nicosia sculpture for restaurateur Shannon Wynne’s holiday home on the Texas/Louisiana border.
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“I went down to the foundry to check on Nic’s work, and we started talking,” recalls Potasznik-Langford. “I was very in touch with the local community and in the same space as the large collector families in Dallas, so it was a natural fit. For me, it’s very altruistic, and it is for her as well. We know how hard it is (to be an artist), and there doesn’t seem to be anyone willing to help develop an career.” Unlike the flagship, Cluley Projects will focus on emerging talent of all ages and stages in the same fashion that a minor league baseball team helps hone an athlete’s skill set to enter the majors. Cluley Projects will also serve as a venue for more transitional work from the main stable. With more shows running in a shorter time frame and a pro-diversity focus, the new 1,100-square-foot space should have a little something for everyone. First on the slate are collage artist Xxavier Edward Carter, encaustic painter John Mirando and mixed media painter Sara Cardona.
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“Most likely, there are going to be people who have maybe never had a show,” explains the director. “When I say emerging artists, there are a lot of other artists that are much older in their 50s or 60s who have never shown that are doing amazing things. I have one Latina artist in her late 50s, and she said, ‘Whenever you decide to do this, don’t forget about the older people, because they are ones who have been doing it for so long, and it’s so frustrating for them.’” Situated near the Belmont Hotel directly across from Droese Raney architects, Cluley Projects may help colonize the up-and-coming area in the same way the original Cluley Gallery did for its corner of the Design District. “West Dallas is such a cool area with all of these things percolating. It’s still a little gritty, and there’s a good mix of development and culture.” “Circulate: 7 Works on Paper” by Xxavier Edward Carter will be on view at Cluley Projects opening April 17, 2021.
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LAUGHTER AND TEARS A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in artist Margaret Meehan’s current show at Conduit Gallery, “After Laughter.” A whimsical yet poignant collection of oversized mixed-media sculptures and collaged drawings, the exhibition explores the past year of isolation via the portrayal of “overly emotional owls” and “stoic songbirds” in shades of pastel blue, millennial pink, and lavender. Having lost her studio space during the pandemic,
Meehan tasked herself with creating a daily drawing to spark the joy of making once again. Because she possessed a kiln in her home’s backyard, she also started to explore ceramics, bringing her full circle to the sculptural practice she originally refined in graduate school. “(The subject) came out of the previous body of work I did about women and birds. (It’s) this idea of gravity and hope and resisting, but it’s also very specifically
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come out of this moment in time for me on a personal level. The overly emotional owls are full of all the things we felt this year—mourning and sorrow and loss, but also silliness and joy and levity and endurance. The girliness of empowerment in women I thought of, too. Owls can be this symbol of wisdom and death, but death can also be a new beginning.” Having spent over 20 years of her career examining otherness, “After Laughter” dials in the subject further to focus on the feminist protest embodied by climate activist Greta
Thunberg and Rachel Carson’s cautionary nonfiction book, “Silent Spring.” “I was thinking of these young women coming out of political resistance, defiance, and activism, and they’re just incredibly hopeful, but they’re also angry. I kind of admire this new generation that is standing up for themselves and taking charge with this level of hope, but also not putting up with shit.” Crafting the larger sculptures proved challenging on her kitchen table; the artist let a soundtrack of mournful songs
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that could also uplift the listener to buoy her along as she created. Tunes like “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Cry Me a River,” and “Sad Songs Say So Much” made their way into titles of individual pieces. Things may be looking up in the world, but Meehan isn’t quite finished with her moody fowl and the melancholy music that helped inspire them. “I could make 50 more sculptures based on songs,” Meehan says. There are a lot of smaller pieces that didn’t make it into the show. I’m thinking of making an aviary and having them come together in an installation.” “After Laughter” is on view at Conduit Gallery through April 3, 2021.
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Design Inspirations Panel
It’s one thing to appreciate a beautifully designed modern home or an exciting interior, but if you ever wanted to get inside the minds of the people designing them, The Dallas Architecture Forum’s lecture series is the perfect opportunity. The first event this season is the Design Inspirations Panel and will offer you a chance to understand what inspires some of our area’s most talented architects, interior designers and landscape architects in their design process.
The Design Inspirations Panel Series is a free event, open to the public may be attended virtually. The Zoom event is Thursday, April 8 at 6:30pm and features moderator Robyn Menter. Menter was born in South Africa and studied design at the University of the
Witwatersrand. She worked in South Africa as an interior designer specializing in historic preservation and South African antiques. In 1981 Robyn immigrated to Dallas. After working with the firms of Deborah Lloyd Forrest and Paul Draper and Associates, Robyn established Robyn Menter Design Associates, Inc. in 1994. Robyn Menter Design Associates is a hands-on, design focused firm exploring new ideas with a variety of engaged clients and craftspeople. Their projects primarily include high end residential and workplace design. Robyn has collaborated with many talented architects including Graham Greene, Max Levy, Bernbaum Magadini, Cliff Welch, and Lake/Flato. Panelists for the event are architect, Bruce Bernbaum, Mary Ellen Cowan, Landscape Architect, and Paul Draper,
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Interior Designer. More information on the Panel is available at dallasarchitectureforum.org The Forum Spring Lecture Series for 2021 offers deeper insights into the minds of architects and designers from around the country. These lectures are planned for the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. This plan is contingent on state, local and museum guidelines in place at the time of each scheduled Lecture. If Covid-related restrictions are still in place, the Lecture will be presented virtually on the scheduled date and time.
The lectures are free to current members of The Dallas Architecture Forum. 21 April 2021 (Wednesday, 7 pm) Steven LEWIS Principal – ZGF
Steven Lewis is widely recognized as one of the leading advocates for equity in architecture. His leadership includes serving as national President of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) and being honored with the AIA’s Whitney M. Young Jr. award to recognize his ongoing work for equality in architecture. Lewis has worked in both the public and private sectors in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Detroit. He is now a principal leading the urban-design practice for the Los Angeles office of ZGF, where his projects include a $1 billion State of California office complex in Sacramento. Lewis has served as program manager at the Federal GSA Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, D.C. where he worked with the Design Excellence Program, “creating a legacy of civic architecture for our time.” A graduate of Syracuse and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Lewis oversaw the creation of a community center in South Africa. He also served
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in the Detroit Planning Department as Design Director under Maurice Cox, with the ambitious mission of helping to revitalize the city’s outlying neighborhoods and was a professor of practice at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. “Advocacy,” says Lewis, “has been an integral part of my identity, both as an architect and as a Black man.” zgf.com 4 May 2021 (Tuesday, 7 pm) Julie Eizenberg Founding Principal - Koning Eizenberg Julie Eizenberg, FAIA is a Founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg, where she is responsible for setting the studio’s design vision. Her focus on the user experience, whether it is an individual, an underserved community, or the public at large brings an empathetic perspective that underpins how Koning Eizenberg transforms mundane
programs into places of ease and generosity. The practice has been honored as AIA California’s Firm of the Year, and together with founding partner, Hank Koning, was awarded the AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal and the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal award. Julie was also recognized with an Honorary Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Melbourne. Under her leadership, Koning Eizenberg has earned over 180 design, preservation, and sustainability awards. The studio’s design practice is rooted in an inherent pragmatism driven by tight budgets and commitment to environmentally responsive design. This approach converts constraints into innovative design strategies that are institutionally transformative. Notable projects include the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Hancock Lofts, and 28th Street Apartments as well as more recent projects like the Pico Branch Library, Geffen Academy and Museum Lab. The firm’s work has been published extensively,
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including I.D., Architectural Record, Residential Architect, Vanity Fair and Metropolis. kearch.com 19 May 2021 (Wednesday, 7 pm) Michelle Delk Director of Landscape Architecture – Snøhetta Michelle Delk is a passionate champion of the public realm. As a partner and landscape architect with Snøhetta, she works to cultivate trans-disciplinary collaboration for the creative advancement of our public environment. Her unencumbered vision allows for concerted explorations that embrace experimentation and improvisation within complicated social environments. With a natural ability for engaging diverse community and client intricacies, Delk guides complex projects ranging from master plans and brownfield redevelopments to
realizations of urban plazas, parks, streetscapes, and riverfronts. Currently, she leads several efforts with Snøhetta, including the design of the Willamette Falls Riverwalk in Oregon, the Blaisdell Center Master Plan in Honolulu, and the re-imagined design of a significant public plaza in midtown Manhattan. She is an active board member for the Urban Design Forum in New York City and a frequent speaker at influential conferences, universities, and communities throughout the world. snohetta.com 2 June 2021 (Wednesday, 7 pm) Alan Ricks Co-Founder – MASS Design Group Alan Ricks co-leads strategy and design of the MASS Design Group. With projects in over twenty countries and scope covering architecture, landscape, engineering, construction, and fabrication, he oversees the design
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process of the interdisciplinary studios. Alan and MASS were awarded the National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Alan an International Fellowship in recognition of his contribution towards the field of architecture. Alan is a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders with the World Economic Forum, and he has previously taught at the Yale School of Architecture and the Harvard GSD. Chris Anderson, chief curator of TED, described his TED talk as “a different language about what architecture can aspire to be.” MASS Design Group was named WSJ Magazine’s Architecture Innovator of the Year for 2020. MASS was recognized for their origins in healthcare and designing architecture as a medium for healing, through its public -health expertise and ability to reimagine spaces for everyday life. In addition, The Embrace, a memorial sculpture honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coret-
ta Scott King, designed by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group was announced recently. The sculpture will be built on Boston Common. The studio’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice, completed in 2018, has become an iconic and important touchstone in the movement for racial justice in our country. massdesigngroup.org 16 June 2021 (Wednesday, 7 pm) Mark Wellen Co-Founder – Rhotenberry Wellen Architects Frank Welch Memorial Lecture Mark Wellen FAIA is co-founder and principal of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects in Midland, Texas.. Early in Wellen’s career he was a member of Frank Welch’s studio when Frank was based in Midland. He will be an
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especially appropriate choice to present this Season’s Frank Welch Memorial Lecture. Rhotenberry Wellen imbues their buildings and spaces with vernacular beauty recreating the DNA of Texas Regional Modernism. The buildings are appropriate to their time and place. Typical materials include raw and galvanized steel, humble concrete, and glass – all appropriate to the setting and the landscape of West Texas. The care with which these materials are detailed, the way they provide shade and
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