We’ll Take Taxidermy: Widely exhibited Galveston-based Ann Wood makes her Kirk Hopper Fine Art debut, slathering poured plastic upon taxidermy forms to evoke frosting, alongside bouquets of artificial flowers, crafty materials and embroidery thread in startling 3-D and 2-D creations that are perfumed with beauty and danger (July 13 – August 31).
Digging the Design District: Gallery Day takes off Saturday, July 20. Sixteen notable dealers present fresh visual fare noon to 8 pm. Top stop is Conduit Gallery, which mounts a pair of Texas talents alongside a Georgia notable. Dallas-based Matt Clark and Joel Sampson (in the Project Room) make, respectively, romantic abstracts shaped by travels to Indonesia, South Africa and beyond that evoke time, memory and the sensibility of a fading billboard, and a captivating installation informed by sound and music played upon brilliantly odd sculpture. Internationally exhibited Atlanta painter/Artadia winner Fahamu Pecou interweaves issues of race, hip-hop culture and gender politics in a flavorful brew provocatively titled “How to Eat Watermelon” (all through August 17 and showcased on Design District Gallery Day July 20) … Check out Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, also in the sizzling Dragon Street corridor. Highlighted for PDNB’s Design District open house is an artful group spanning seven decades, from Russia and China to America — don’t miss the sideshow scenes by Jimmy and Dena Katz and the strange ‘70s-era California suburbia typified by Bill Owens’ print of a Tupperware party. Lensmen Vitaly Smirnov, known for his sepia-toned Russian huts, and Wu Jialin, who illustrates daily life in China, are also included (through August 3) … Catch the final days of dazzling Impressionist Martín Rico at the Meadows Museum (through July 7).