Art Conspiracy held its 8th Annual Fundraising Auction in West Dallas last weekend. For a busy night in Dallas, a lot of Dallasites attended, for what felt like a diverse crowd, and bid on art. Anyone could walk away with a piece of art. Where it is actually going to hang is another question.
It’s March, that time of year again where winter turns into spring and Dallas goes into full bloom. It’s also when the behemoth of a conference, SXSW, lands upon Austin, Texas. Being that this is Better Dallas’s inaugural year, we decided to check out the SXSW INTERACTIVE portion to make a presence and see what it’s all about (in addition to the MUSIC portion, which we are covering separately). Continue reading →
Modern Multiples, a fine art serigraph and digital printmaking studio based out of LA, came to Dallas bringing some of the most transcendent writers and street artists of today. In conjunction with Red Arrow Contemporary, a new Dallas fine art gallery located in the Dallas Arts District, they put on a show called LA ST. SEEN, which was one of the first shows of its kind in Dallas featuring artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Haze, Saber, Futura, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Retna, Mear One, Sage Vaughn, Defer, and more, all of whom have yet to make their impact upon Dallas (with the exception of Shepard Fairey). While these artists & the street art scene has been prospering across the globe, Dallas is now getting primed for the influx of this captivating genre. Continue reading →
Mason Bar, a new bar in uptown, opened its doors last Thursday to a packed house to celebrate their grand opening. What was once a Masonic Temple, has been transformed into a hip swanky gastro pub in the trendy Uptown Dallas neighborhood. DJ Elizabeth Farrel was rocking the crowd, which packed it in for its opening night. Continue reading →
Shepard Fairey (OBEY) came to town & worked hard canvassing Dallas walls with his propaganda message of PEACE. To celebrate the end of the trip, The Dallas Contemporary put on a neon-themed dance party for him called PHENOMENON where he was the special guest DJ for the night and Better Dallas was there to capture it. Continue reading →
For the final day of following Shepard Fairey’s installations in Dallas, we went back to the Belmont Hotel where he & the OBEY team were working on the large floral mural along Sylvan Ave. The wall was still a work in progress, as the inner stencil details were being completed. I can’t wait to see the finished product when I return.
Getting to shadow Shepard has been an amazing experience, to not only get to see him in action, but also to learn about how humble of a person he is. He was nothing but friendly to everyone that approached him & always made himself available to his fans. When painting on Sylvan, a random car drove by and asked him “Hey, what are you doing over here?”. Shepard proceed to kindly tell him Continue reading →
For Day 5, I caught up with the OBEY team who had now moved onto the wall underneath The Belmont hotel facing Sylvan Ave. I was most excited about this wall as The Belmont represents part of the new artistic resurgence in Dallas being a hip boutique hotel (with a cool bar that has the BEST view of downtown Dallas and the adjacent popular Smoke BBQ restaurant). The intersection is always pretty busy, so a lot of people will get a chance to see this mural. Not to mention, the mural they are creating is going to be pretty long. Continue reading →
On Thursday, the OBEY team had finished their work on the West Dallas walls & had moved onto the Dallas Contemporary. Before catching up with them, I decided to check out the new completions, which I was glad I did as they looked great! It’s nice to see a piece finished after watching all the work go into it. You can go check out these walls yourself. Just punch in “331 Singleton, Dallas TX” into your GPS & you’ll be on your way.
Excited to go see what new stuff the OBEY team was working on, I went just a few minutes away to the Dallas Contemporary & found them working on a HUGE wall (approximately 80′ wide). Continue reading →
Arriving back to the site on Day 3, the OBEY crew was out to lunch but I found the main wall, “Harmony” finally done. It looks awesome & can be seen from afar. it’s a great way to learn that you have arrived to the West Dallas Land Of OBEY. Continue reading →