Flying back from Corpus at 6am from the Third Coast National in Corpus Christ (link to this article is at the end of this post), and after a brief sleep at home, my family and I got ready to attend the opening reception for Dia de los Muertos at the Bath House Cultural Center, in White Rock Lake, Dallas. This is another modern space that I love to walk around, and especially to exhibit it. It has an earthed, old feel to it, partly I am sure emanating from the old, 1920s building that houses it (the old Bath House). Outside, the large terrace overlooks the edge of the lake, and inside it has large, flexible spaces that are used for art, theater and fairs.
The curator of this space is Enrique Cervantes (who, incidentally, has just kindly agreed to be one of the jurors for the non-profit, city-funded Plano Art Assocation’s spring “125” show – I am the VP of the PAA, and am co-organizing this exhibit. We are thrilled he will be working with us). This is another show that exceeds expectations, and I thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of styles and modes of expression that the artists had used.
I had entered a work called “the Sleeper”, which is actually a self portrait that I painted based on photographs I took of myself in shadow, after midnight. The work symbolizes our birth out of pure energy from the Earth, like the beautiful Spring, sleeping, about to wake, a reference to pre-Christian British beliefs, as well as an exploration of mortality and birth.
You can still visit this exhibit until November 13th, when it closes. “The Sleeper” will be going to a new home with a collector the very next day.
Third Coast National, with Trenton Doyle Hancock