VIDEO: Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia

VIDEO: Out Of the Loop from on Vimeo.

Live performances from across the nation are hitting the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison.

Hosted by the WaterTower Theatre, the festival is providing acts more contemporary what many metroplex audiences are used.

“This festival really attracts a lot of younger people, partly because of the diversity of the work we present here,” said Greg Patterson, the director of marketing for the theatre.

The three stages used in the festival are adjoining to the seating, providing the audiences for all 23 acts the chance to be pulled into the show.

“I love being able to actually literally connect with the audience,” said Faye Lane, an actress and play writer performing in the festival. “The show changes in response to the audience reaction.”

With so many options for performance art in the metroplex why would students from Southern Methodist University want to make the Trip to Addison?

Jonathan Taylor, a co-producer for the festival believes that the performances are different from what can be experienced within the Park Cities and Downtown.

For students interested in experiencing a little culture and wanting to get away from the bubble, the Out of the Loop Theatre Festival might be something worth taking a look at.

Festival Attendee Katherine Hargrove believes it was experience worth having and suggests those interested should consider it when making plans for the weekend.

The festival runs intill March 13 and ticket prices range between $10 and $20.



Big D Blog: Arts Co-op opens in Deep Ellum

December 11, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted By Jackson Butt

I met Milo Muniz when he joined Ugly Lion, a local reggae act that I run live sound for.  Since we were both percussionists, we talked some shop about congas and tuning, and I found out that Milo is a free-lance photographer.  He was talking about moving out of Lakewood and getting a place that he could work out of, as well as practice drums without bothering the neighbors. Ugly Lion went on tour, so I wasn’t needed for sound and I didn’t know if he had moved.

He was just looking for a place to live and work with his girlfriend, Letty Gallegos, but he ended up taking on a larger project: the opening of an arts co-op.

Milo Muniz opened the Canton Street Co-op in Deep Ellum five months ago as a way to give emerging artists a place to show their work, whatever that work may be.  Here is an audio slide show of Milo at the Canton Street Co-op.

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Now at the Pollock Gallery: Icelandic Artist’s Take on Textiles

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By Kamille Carlisle

“Encircling,” Hildur Bjarnadottir’s exhibit, is now on display at the Pollock Gallery, located in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Bjarnadottir, an artist from Iceland, uses paints and various fabrics with her distinctive form of traditional textile creation.

Her pieces featured at the Pollock include hand weaved canvases, some of which incorporate paint or ink, porcelain statues called “My Three Grandmothers,” and lint roller snapshots of 13 women that have played important roles in her life.

“The viewer has to spend time with it, and they have to read the labels,” Bjarnadottir explained.

“Each piece tells its own story and you can look for the little clues of how they are organic and hand-made.”

Pollock Gallery director and Meadows art professor Philip Van Keuren said, “The work is authentic I believe, and all things authentic are valuable to students to study.”

Bjarnadottir’s art has been showcased in a number of exhibits in Iceland, New York, and Portland, Ore., since the late ’90s. She considers her pieces to be paintings, drawings, and sculptures, as she merges aspects of each into certain parts of her work.

Her “doodles,” for example, which have been featured at the Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery in Portland, are pieces of cotton yarn, knitted into pattern-free doilies. They are then filled with flowers and aimless curvy lines, died in blue ink or dipped in graphite powder, which hardens them. They are her version of a drawing on paper.

In her lecture, as the first of the Meadows Artist Lecture Series, on Sept. 11, Bjarnadottir discussed her methods and inspiration. According to her, in Iceland, sewing and woodworking are taught to elementary school-age children and ingrained in the culture.

“My two sisters and I would crotchet in our spare time for fun,” Bjarnadottir said. “It was always something very close to me. My mother taught me to invent.”

She described the value of her heritage and its effect on what she does. Bjarnadottir said that her grandmothers handcrafted everything, from clothing to tapestries, but would put them away and “decorate their houses with mass-produced, made-in-china kinds of figures.”

While she said her craft is sometimes seen as carrying on an old female tradition of sewing, Bjarnadottir sees her work as respectable art.

“Everything I do is elevated, not put away,” she said. “It’s perfectly valuable art. It is actually an advantage.”

At her opening reception last Friday, spectators gathered to have the first look at the free exhibit, which will run until Oct. 11.

Former SMU student and artist Andrew Barner carefully examined each piece, reading the captions.

“I can appreciate her manipulation of the medium,” Barner said. “She’s really good at what she does.”

As people trickled in and out, Bjarnadottir spoke to patrons who had questions or comments.

“I totally enjoy this,” she said. “It’s never redundant and always exciting.”

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Meadows Museum Opens “Manet to Miro”

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By Nadia Dabbakeh

The Meadows Museum is hosting an exclusive showing of one of Spain’s
most prestigious and noted private art collections.

The exhibit, which opened Sunday and runs through Dec. 2, is called
“From Manet to Miró: Modern Drawings from the Abelló Collection.”

The collection consists of 64 modern and contemporary master drawings
spanning over 200 years. The drawings belong to Juan Abelló and his
wife, Anna Gamazo, of Madrid, and are being shown together for the
first time in the United States.

“Seeing them in this breadth, and in this large of an assembly, has
never happened before,” said Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows

The drawings are grouped according to artistic movements, including
Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism,
Surrealism, Pop and Contemporary Art.

The exhibit is organized in a way that Roglán calls “intimate” — everything
is hung at eye level, and no drawings are hung on inside walls, so you may
step back and look at the art with ease.

Guillermo Solana, chief curator of the Thyssen-Bornesmisza Museum in
Madrid and curator of “From Manet to Miró,” traveled to Dallas to open
the exhibit.

“Here, we have a wonderful, magnificent space,” Solana told a crowd of
30 at the preview. “In our museum, the drawings were too close to each

“Now they’re expanded, and pieces have been added that were absent
before, because of lack of space,” he said. “It has made the exhibit
even better.”

The collection is varied and eclectic, Solana said. It includes
everything from abstracts to figures and works from different moments
and movements in art.

It is also universal, he said, because in spite of the large presence
of Spanish art, it also includes prominent masters from France,
Germany, the U.S., and many other countries.

The collection is diverse in terms of style and techniques
represented. It includes drawings in many different mediums such as
graphite, pastels, gouache, ink and more.

Solana said that while many private collections have a singular focus,
this is not that kind. Rather, it is the collection of an open-minded
person who loves every kind of art.

Janis Bergman-Carton, associate professor and chair of the Art History
Department at SMU, said the collection is a must-see for anyone
interested in art.

“It is always valuable for students to have the opportunity to see the
actual works of art in person, because most of the time we only see
them in representation,” Bergman-Carton said. “Especially such a large
collection of drawings, which are much more personal.”

“To stand directly in front of it and get to see all of the
decision-making processes, like what kind of paper was used, or how
expressive the artists brush strokes are … it’s just a wonderful