Rarely are artists' statements worth quoting. This one, for the Cirkit of Mythos' "Texploitation II," is. "Hell yeah," it starts, and goes on to say that this is a Texas show "with real 'ART' and chicks and sex and blood and guts and glory and bar-b-que and more sex. None of this aesthetic hand wringing and whining and hipster doodads, y'all can shove that coy, cute and conceptual. Hell we ain't anti-intellectual, look we're just exposing the dialectic of hypocrisy entrenched in stereotype. We're Texas artists focused on personal mythology as environmentally determined, taking on the icons of the West and modern masculinity as politically charged and contentious while heralding a warning of extremity and romanticized notions of power."
What could that possibly look like you wonder? Check it out at TSFKAPG (The space formerly known as Plush Gallery) through March 30. With works by Steve Cruz, operator of Mighty Fine Arts Gallery; Omar Hernandez, professor of art at El Centro College; Eddy Rawlinson, dean of arts and sciences at El Centro College; and Ryder Richards, a Roswell Artist in Residence Fellow. The gallery is at 918 Dragon St., Dallas. 817-637-2798; www.cirkitofmythos.wordpress.com/.
-- Gaile Robinson