Gallery Closure

One of Dallas’ best new art galleries departs Design District too soon

One of Dallas’ best new art galleries departs Design District too soon

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Zhulong’s forward-leaning focus was on artists who worked in technology. Photo courtesy of Zhulong Gallery

A feisty young gallery in the Design District is shutting down abruptly: Zhulong Gallery will close on January 31.

A statement from the gallery's representative said that the final show, ​​Johanna Billing's exhibition, I'm Lost Without Your Rhythm, had been canceled.

Zhulong opened in April 2014 under the direction of artist-founder Chris Lattanzio, who parted ways with the gallery a few months later. It was hailed as an alternative to Dragon Street's grid of interior designer-based showrooms, with its frosted white-glass façade and unusual dragon-themed configuration; "zhulong" is a Chinese deity that crosses a human and a dragon.

Its focus was on artists who worked in technology, video, sound, post-internet, and new media, as well as traditional mediums. Led by director Aja Martin, its staff included an audio-visual team that could handle the installation of projections for special digital and video pieces.

Well-received offerings included the Lauren Woods solo exhibition, which tackled the topic of race via a mix of video pieces and sound interventions. Zhulong also formed atypical partnerships such as the preview of works by Jeremy Couillard which featured a chef-prepared dinner presented on a 40-foot table that itself was a work of art.

Zhulong's closure marks the second artsy departure from Dragon Street, as Photographs Do Not Bend left the area on December 30 for a new space at 154 Glass St.

In a statement issued by the gallery, Martin says she is shifting her focus. "As I turn my sight on academic pursuits, I look forward to participating and supporting the Dallas’s growth as an art destination," she says.