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Gallery picks of the month: Weather-influenced art and a fresh new space

Gallery picks of the month: Weather-influenced art and fresh new spot

Adela Andea
Kaneq by Adela Andea, 2013. Flex neon, various plastics, LED, power source. 52 x 40 x 24 in. At Cris Worley Fine Arts. Photo courtesy of Cris Worley Fine Arts
Eli Ping
Inage by Eli Ping at And Now. Photo courtesy of And Now
Dawn Waters Baker
To the Lowest Place by Dawn Waters Baker, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in., at Mary Tomas Gallery. Photo courtesy of Mary Tomas Gallery
Mary Tomas
Still Heart by Mary Tomás, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in., at Mary Tomás Gallery. Photo courtesy of Mary Tomas Gallery
Models.com photo shoot in Marfa, Texas
Marfa Big Sky by Thom Jackson at Craighead Green. Photo by Thom Jackson
Adela Andea
Eli Ping
Dawn Waters Baker
Mary Tomas
Models.com photo shoot in Marfa, Texas

A new year brings a new slew of must-see shows, with everything from New York painters to eye-popping sculpture on the agenda. Without further ado, these art gallery openings are sure to cure your winter blues and brighten your walls:

“Into the Quiet,” Dawn Waters Baker and Mary Tomás, at Mary Tomás Gallery
Reception: 
January 11, 6-9 pm
Exhibition dates: January 11-February 15

Let’s talk about the weather; everyone else is. The Polar Vortex discombobulated most of America this past week, and artist Dawn Waters Baker’s paintings at Mary Tomás Gallery have presciently addressed the way weather affects our environment. So much so, she was asked to participate in the National Weather Center’s first Biennale in Norman, Oklahoma. 

For her current show, she realistically depicts changing climate conditions, while gallery owner and artist Tomás’ works explore the ethereal, calming spiritual feel that nature brings.

“Zero Degrees Celsius,” Adela Andea at Cris Worley Fine Arts
Reception: 
January 11, 6-8 pm

Exhibition dates: January 11-February 15

A recent trip to Alaska and its remaining glacial formations was the impetus for Houston-based artist Adela Andea’s “Zero Degrees Celsius” at Cris Worley. Mixing an eye-popping selection of mediums, including magnifying lenses, flex neon, LED lights and power sources, she captures the illuminating white and glowing pastels of the icebergs themselves in their ancient yet temporal state. 

“While [Andea was] sailing through and around these glaciers, she witnessed simultaneous thrill and sorrow, as they rapidly melted and fell into the waters below,” Worley says. “This exhibition questions the antithetic relationship between nature and technology.”

Thom Jackson at Craighead Green Gallery
Reception: 
January 11, 5-8 pm
 
Exhibition dates: January 11-February 15

Making an appearance at Craighead Green is Dallas-based photographer Thom Jackson, with his collection of epic Marfa landscapes (occasionally populated by budding Swedish supermodel Julia Hafstrom). Calling the West Texas terrain “the world’s most beautiful studio,” it’s clear Jackson sees the setting as the star of the show.

Big sky country is even more impactful in his oversized 33-by-44, black-and-white prints.

“75215,” Borden Capalino, Rose Marcus and Eli Ping at And Now
Exhibition dates: January 18-April, 2014

The latest addition to the burgeoning Cedars neighborhood is British gallerist’s James Cope’s new And Now project space. The former director of the Goss-Michael Foundation and curator of the recent “Video Days” exhibit at SMU, Cope relishes the opportunity to stop the pop-up and put down roots in his own space at 1415 Beaumont St.

“Doing invitation shows are great, but if you’re trying to create a following or a dialogue with collectors and artists, you’re jumping all over the place from New York to Miami or Dallas. [Having a space] helps you define your mission,” he says.

Because most of Cope’s clientele are New York- and London-based, expect to see emerging artists from these — and European — locales. First up: works by Borden Capalino, Rose Marcus and Eli Ping.