If you missed the September show openings at the Modbo and Rubbish art galleries Sept. 10, you still have through Friday, Oct. 1 to check out the exhibitions.
Over at Modbo, along with Holly Garlow's photography, Douglas Rouse, often recognized for his trompe l'oeil work, is showing off “Steam Punk Paraphernalia and the Attack of the Dinosaur.” After my steampunk story earlier this month, I was highly entertained by Rouse's attire (and wished I'd brought my camera). He was decked out from head to toe in full period regalia.
Steampunk aside, my favorite piece of his was this:
And what's even cooler, is that last week, this image became a "Texas-sized banner" on the back wall of a real estate building in Dallas owned by Lyda Hill to help promote the current expansion work of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. The T-Rex in Rouse's art is holding the new museum building, planned for an early 2013 opening.
And maybe even cooler than that, just this morning Rouse e-mailed over a photo of his image being promoted in Times Square:
Lots of excitement for him. (Don't even think of leaving us, Doug.)
Of course, I have to mention the Rubbish show as well, where you'll find May to September, works by husband/wife artists Lindsay Hand and Drew LiVigni. I enjoyed LiVigni's pieces, but it was Hand's that I was most drawn too.
Her oil-on-canvas art, with its dark, long strokes, is filled with passion. If I'd gotten to the show earlier, I would have seriously considered purchasing this piece, "Kolka." (Alas, someone else got to it first.)
You can see more of Hand's work at her website.
Tucked around the corner in Rubbish's back room, I did find a piece I could purchase: a quirky little 2-by-2 inch canvas painting of a bird, signed simply "Mag." I've been trying to find out who the painter on this piece was, but with no luck. If you know — or you are the artist — drop me a note in the comments. I love this piece!
Cute, huh? You just never know what you'll find in a random alley off downtown.