PATRON BEST OF: GALLERIES degradation. Over the past year, Gary Komarin has entered the roster at Laura Rathe Fine Art. The gallery is drawn to his distinctive technique, with its painterly lines and unique iconography. Lisa Schulte recently joined Samuel Lynne Galleries. Her contrasting media of found wood and white neon work harmoniously to illustrate environmental adaptation. Ginger Fox Gallery recently relocated from its former home in the Bishop Arts District and now joins Dragon Street stalwart Christopher Martin Gallery. Two of the longest operating contemporary art galleries of Dallas, Barry Whistler Gallery and Conduit Gallery, swelled their programs with newly represented artists this year. Matt Kleberg’s recent success at the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art auction prompted Barry Whistler Gallery to add the Brooklyn-based artist with Texas roots to the roster. Whistler was drawn to his architecturally influenced geometric abstractions rendered in oil stick on canvas. Conduit Gallery often serves as a laboratory for new work, particularly in the Project Room. The gallery has been especially enthusiastic about the work of Gabo Martinez, who recently showed in this space. The Houston-based artist was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, in a town known for the production of adobe bricks. With the feel of the earth in her veins, Martinez hand builds
clay vessels which she then incises with her own poetry. The sense of straddling two worlds comes through in the work of Ori Gersht, a newcomer to Talley Dunn Gallery. He composes traditional still lifes which he then photographs. Subsequently, using a camera and a gun on a timer, he captures the moment of impact when the gunshot shatters the formerly intact composition. Gersht’s blending of traditional subject matter with current technology makes his work as timeless as it is timely. The venues devoted exclusively to photography, Afterimage Gallery and Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (PDNB), continue to take on new artists. Nikola Olic, Sarah Hadley, and Darcie Sternenberg are recent additions to Afterimage. The Serbian-born Olic focuses his lens on the built environment in a way that defies notions of traditional architectural photography. Similarly, Ben Marcin’s documentary work at PDNB chronicles buildings as they fall into permanent decay. Far North Dallas is also home to a thriving gallery scene. Here, Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden has been an important venue for contemporary art for close to 60 years. Miles Cleveland Goodwin, whose poignant work The Shawl was recently on view at Dallas Art Fair, joined the esteemed artist list this year. Nearby,
Clockwise from left: Sky Brick series: Mill Creek Sky, 2018, mixed media on lucite, 6.75 x 6.75 in., courtesy of William Campbell Contemporary Art; Matt Kleberg, Peregrine (Icon in Bold), 2018, oil stick on canvas, 60 x 48 in., courtesy of Barry Whistler Gallery; Simón Vega, Gemini Capsule, 2018, mixed media, used objects, plants, courtesy of Liliana Bloch Gallery, photograph by Kevin Todora.