COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO (Thought) by Lauren Kirchner is comprised of a neuron-like motif, printed in red and blue oil-based ink on mirrored vinyl, and many blue and red elastic cords that extend from the edges of the print and attach to the gallery columns. The converging clusters of taut cords expand the neuron pattern into space, inviting the viewer to enter inside. The metallic quality of the vinyl creates a distorted, mirror-like effect.

This “printstallation” spans 8 ft in height and 22 ft in length, with elastic cords that extend into the gallery measuring 19 ft. This artwork was installed in sections throughout the week leading up to the opening of the show, and took a team of artists working with Lauren Kirchner approximately 10 hours to complete.

Thus, we present to you, the installation process.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Cutting out the shape with the aid of a projector.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Attaching the blue and red elastic cords to the wall around the edges of the installation.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Lauren Kirchner pulling all the elastic bands together and attaching them to the gallery support beams.

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

Views of the completed printstallation, COGITATIO. This work’s grand size and elaborate detail tie together the theme of IMAGO ANIMI, and are a testament to Kirchner’s skill and dedication. Congratulations, Lauren, on your MFA!

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

COGITATIO a print installation by Lauren Kirchner at Start Gallery Dallas http://startgallerydallas.com

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GERARDO R. : UN DÍA A LA VEZ

March 3 through April 15, 2012

Gerardo R., Coca Cola Mexicana, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 78 in at Start Gallery Dallas

Gerardo R., Coca Cola Mexicana, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 78 in

Start Gallery Dallas is pleased to present Un Día a La Vez (One Day at a Time), a debut exhibition of paintings and drawings by Gerardo R., on display from March 3 through April 15, with an artist’s reception on March 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to the government of Mexico, over 34,000 people have fallen victim to the gruesome violence of the Mexican Drug War since 2006. For the citizens of Mexico, the results of the ongoing power struggles between the government and the drug cartels have been economic hardship, crime, and a pervasive state of fear. Violence and poverty force some to work for the cartels, and others to migrate north to the United States in search of better prospects. In an innovative series of large-scale, multi-media canvases and charcoal drawings, Gerardo R. interprets the effects of the ongoing conflict in Mexico within the sociocultural context of contemporary North America.

Gerardo R., Dos Hermanos, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 72 in. Start Gallery Dallas

Gerardo R., Dos Hermanos, 2011, oil and stucco on canvas, 48 by 72 in.

Gerardo R., a Dallas-based artist with family roots in northern Mexico, envisioned the series after viewing accounts of the drug war on news websites. Gerardo began to draw and paint from press photographs of civilians and police in mourning and amidst struggle, incorporating his own memories and emotions. His large oil paintings expose both the tragedy of conflict and its effects: a man embraces his dead brother on the street, migrants cross the United States border while being watched by infrared cameras, and smoke rises from the burning of illegal crops in the midst an abstract landscape.

In some of the works in the series, these dramatic images appear through openings in a stucco “wall,” which is covered in corporate logos or graffiti-like illustrations. The simple drawings were collected from strangers whom Gerardo requested to depict images they believe are symbolic and iconic of Mexico. Thus, the stuccoed walls dotted with lighthearted “graffiti” provide a critical contrast to the tragic imagery of the scene depicted beneath. The symbolic walls in Gerardo’s canvases serve to reveal American understanding and portrayal of Mexico, as compared to the current volatile state faced by Mexican citizens.

Gerardo R., Charcoal Study 4, 2011, charcoal and gesso on paper, 22 by 30 in. Start Gallery Dallas

Gerardo R., Charcoal Study 4, 2011, charcoal and gesso on paper, 22 by 30 in.

Similarly to the stucco “walls” of the paintings, Gerardo’s charcoal drawings incorporate a white gesso wash to cover large parts of each composition. The gesso mixes with the charcoal, creating blurred, atmospheric bands of white that both frame the subjects and conceal their context. The experience of the persons pictured seems distant and the viewer becomes emotionally disconnected from the scenes depicted.

Gerardo states, “the challenge of my work is to tear down the social walls that prevent America from relating to its neighboring country.” To this end, Gerardo does more than merely re-illustrate traumatic events. His paintings and drawings highlight American perceptions of Mexican culture and encourage viewers to look more deeply. Gerardo’s work also emphasizes the pain and fortitude of human beings who endure daily life in the midst of conflict, and brings to light the struggles and triumphs of those who truly live one day at a time.

Gerardo R. was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Oak Cliff. He attended the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, and received a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2011. He is currently submitting applications to Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the United States.

Start Gallery Dallas exhibits contemporary art by emerging artists. The gallery is owned and directed by Veronika Tkachuk. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Veronika is an active blogger and photographer in the Dallas and New York City art scenes. Start Gallery Dallas is located at 1004 W. Page Ave, Dallas, Texas, inside a former ice factory in the historic neighborhood of Oak Cliff. For more information about exhibits, hours, and directions, please visit startgallerydallas.com


On Friday (09.23.11) we were invited to attend the Fall 2011 reception and demonstration for the University of Dallas Matrix Prints program. The featured artist was Endi Poskovic, a renowned woodblock Printmaker and professor from the University of Michigan.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

First, we were given a very special opportunity to go into the preparation studio as the students mixed the colors and inked the blocks for the night’s demonstration. In the Matrix program, the students serve as the printers for an edition of the artist’s artwork, so all of the mixing, inking, and printing of the images is done by the students.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Here are two of the four blocks that will make up this print, inked and ready for the demonstration. You can see some of the colorful inks that make up layers in the print. Most of the colors were selected and modified by the students after consultation with the artist.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

This is the last of the three color plates, ready for printing. These plates were hand-carved by the artist using traditional Japanese woodcutting techniques as well as a modern Dremel tool to add tiny holes to the plate. According to the artist, each plate can take from several dozen to several hundred hours to carve.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Now, in the printmaking studio, the master plate is ready for inking. The final of the four plates contains all of the black lines that complete the work, pulling together all of the elements in the print. Japanese-style woodblock prints can be printed by hand or with a printing press. In this case, the students are using a press.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Endi Poskovic is explaining the artistic thought process and background that went into the print. He remarked that he started woodblock printing after graduation. Poskovic’s works are deliberately abstract and unsettling, and he incorporates common cognates of the English language in French and Spanish, which adds to the ambiguous nature of his work. In this particular print, “mon petit ami” is the phrase.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

One of the students is chosen each semester as the Master Printer, and he or she gets to choose the visiting artist for that term. Above, the Master Printer is inking the master plate.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

This is the first run, meaning the first plate’s impression on the paper. This will serve as the bottom layer on the print.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

Second run, now the mix of colors is starting to become apparent. The magic of Poskovic’s prints lie in his artful mixture of pigments. Two colors are layered to form three, due to different levels of transparency of the inks. Fittingly, the paper is Japanese kozo, a very thin and translucent paper that is only produced in Japan.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

In this detail photo, you can see exactly how it happens. With the wet plum-colored layer remaining on the paper, the second run adds a light gray color on top. In the places where the inks overlap, the colors mix to form a new silvery purple color. The water, too, has become three colors from only two inks.

The third run brings in the orange sky and blue background. The paper was blotted with newsprint before this run to dry out the first two runs’ colors.

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

The master plate is now printed, and the image is complete!

University of Dallas Printmaking - Matrix.

The thick black lines add drama and finish the piece. Poskovic’s trademark language fragment appears at the bottom inside the black bar.

Special thanks to the students and faculty of the University of Dallas, and to the members of Matrix for making these events possible! Also, thanks to Endi Poskovic for teaching the students and inviting us all to enter his artistic world for an evening.

Deep Ellum Art Walk Fall 2011

September 23, 2011

Join us this weekend for the 11th Semi-Annual Deep Ellum Art Walk! The art walk is Saturday, the 24th from 6-10pm in Deep Ellum and Exposition Park. Click here to read more information and see the official map of all the stops.

Art Love Magic has presented Martin Campos with the opportunity to participate and display a few of his artworks at It’s a Grind Coffee House. It’s a Grind Coffee House in Deep Ellum is the home of the Demeter Project, a non-profit project that, amongst other things, pays the coffee house employees a living wage. So stop by this weekend, have some coffee or tea to support the Demeter Project, and enjoy artworks by Martin and other local artists.

Below are a few images of Martin’s art at It’s a Grind Coffee House.

Martin R. Campos, Une Belle Ame at It's a Grind Coffee House in Deep Ellum, TX - home of the Demeter Project.

Martin R. Campos, Eram Sum Ero and Anvers at It's a Grind Coffee House in Deep Ellum, TX - home of the Demeter Project.

Martin R. Campos, Como Una Gota at It's a Grind Coffee House in Deep Ellum, TX - home of the Demeter Project.

Hope to see you there!

Martin R. Campos live painting

September 14, 2011

On Friday (9.09.11) Martin R. Campos did a live painting performance at 2826 Arnetic. Below is a slide show documenting him painting next to the main stage.

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Martin first worked on the blue side of the artwork prior to setting up next to the stage. When it was time for him to perform, Martin began to pain the red portion. As he found a comfortable stopping place, he asked the audience and observers to step in and splatter the artwork with red paint. The last few images in the slide show are of the audience interacting with his artwork.

Thanks for taking a look!

Last Friday, Robert and I joined Martin R. Campos and other local artists and performers for an evening of coffee and live art at It’s a Grind Coffee House in Deep Ellum. Below is a slide show of Martin painting. As the evening progresses, with each brushstroke, Martin’s work comes to life. It is a joy to witness how artists can make painting look so incredibly natural and easy.

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Hope you enjoyed the images!

-Veronika, director

We are very excited to announce that Start Gallery Dallas and Start Gallery Store has launched a new About the Artists page! You can read a little about each artists’ style and artistic direction, as well as their bio/CV.

Below is a quick summary with links to each artist and their works.

Thanks for taking a look!

Martin R. Campos

Fuego Eterno by Martin R. Campos, mixed media installation available on startgallerystore.com

Etre by Martin R. Campos, available on startgallerystore.com

For information on Martin Campos’s artworks and artist bio, please visit About the Artists.

To view more artworks by Martin R. Campos, please visit his page on Start Gallery Store.

Laura Drapac

The Way We Parlay by Laura Drapac, affordable artwork, printmaker, available on startgallerystore.com

Mask/Highlight by Laura Drapac, available on startgallerystore.com

For information on Laura Drapac’s artworks and artist bio, please visit About the Artists.

To view more artworks by Laura Drapac, please visit her page on Start Gallery Store.

Lauren Hirsch

Spoon-fed by Lauren Hirsch, available on startgallerystore.com

Intersected by Lauren Hirsch, available on startgallerystore.com

For information on Lauren Hirsch’s artworks and artist bio, please visit About the Artists.

To view more artworks by Lauren Hirsch, please visit her page on Start Gallery Store.

Arthur Stephens

Horse track by Arthur Stephens, available on startgallerystore.com

McKinney Ave Studio by Arthur Stephens, available on startgallerystore.com

For information on Arthur Stephens’s artworks and artist bio, please visit About the Artists.

To view more artworks by Arthur Stephens, please visit his page on Start Gallery Store.

The Artworks

May 24, 2011

Below is a sampling of the works on show in our current exhibit through June 11. For pictures of the full exhibit, please visit our website.

You may download the catalog for further information and price of each artwork – First Exhibition Catalog.

For high-resolution photographs of the works or more more information, please contact us.

Martin R. Campos:

Martin R Campos, Une Belle Âme, 2010, mixed media on wood, 3 panels, each 12 by 39 in.

Martin R. Campos, Eram Sum Ero, 2004, mixed media on wood, 18 by 24 in.

Martin R. Campos, Anvers, 2011, mixed media on wood, 20 by 24 in.

Arthur Stephens:

Arthur Stephens, Delaware, 2006, oil on canvas, 23 by 19 in.

Arthur Stephens, Horsetrack, 2006, oil on canvas, 27 by 21 in.

Arthur Stephens, McKinney Ave Studio, 2009, oil on canvas, 16 by 20 in.

May 17, 2011

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our gallery during the Oak Cliff Visual Speedbump Art Tour this past Saturday.

Below are a few photos of Martin Campos painting in the gallery during the Art Tour.

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Start Gallery Dallas is pleased to announce its participation in the 2011 Oak Cliff Visual Speedbump Art Tour on Saturday, May 14th! Please click on the link for a map of all the stops, including Start Gallery Dallas at stop “J.” We will be welcoming visitors from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M.

In honor of the occasion, Martin R. Campos will also be painting live in the gallery from 3 P.M. until 7 P.M. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet Martin and see him at work!

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