Mind the Gap
Saturday, March 18 - Saturday, May 13
Opening Reception March 18, 2017 7-10PM
Fort Worth's Art Tooth, in collaboration with 500X Gallery, announces a multifaceted series, including an exhibition and microgrant call entitled Mind the Gap (MTG). The beginning portion of the series is a collaboration with Dallas gallery 500X and features installation work by a diverse group of noted and emerging artists including: Christopher Blay, Michelada Think Tank, William Sarradet, Terri Thornton, and Giovanni Valderas.
MTG is also a call to action for other artists to submit micro-grant proposals in response to the exhibition conducted at 500X Gallery. A selection of artists from the MTG exhibition will serve on a panel of award jurors to review proposals and award microgrant funds up to $5,000 dollars.
Mind the Gap explores the ways in which artists can navigate the pitfalls of the current socio-political climate, particularly through their roles as cultural brokers, provocateurs and facilitators of a reflective practice, while paying special consideration to the challenges presented by an era of persistent disengagement, isolation, and Balkanization. What role, if any, can art effectively adopt in response to these dynamics? Do the prevailing social and cultural conventions that frame the presentation and production of art influence this discourse? If so, how should they be addressed? MTG does not espouse an explicit political agenda, nor does it advocate for a singular solution. However, it does contend that the current environment requires an urgent, critical, and imaginative response.
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About 500X Gallery
500X Gallery is one of Texas' oldest, artist run, cooperative gallerys. Established in 1978, 500X provides one of the best exhibition spaces to up and coming artists in the city of Dallas. The gallery is located in a historic circa 1916 tire factory and air-conditioning warehouse and has over 3000 square feet of exhibition space. The plan for 500X Gallery was developed by two artists: Will Hipps, a Massachusetts native who moved to Dallas to teach, and Richard Childers, a local painter. The goal was to provide a space for artists to exhibit free of outside influences and dealer restrictions. Over the years, the plan has succeeded by giving artists the opportunity to show their work to the public in a professional venue. For many alumni, 500X has served as an entry point into the art world and have subsequently become prominent artists in the Metroplex and elsewhere including Vincent Falsetta, Otis Jones, Nic Nicosia, Frances Bagley, Tom Orr, Frank X. Tolbert, Randall Garrett and Paul Booker to name a few. 500X Gallery exhibits work by the current board members as well as by guest artists who are featured monthly in our upstairs gallery. This allows 500X to continue to foster and introduce other artists from Texas as well as national and international artists to the Dallas/ Fort Worth art scene.