Bret Slater and Otis Jones will be on display at Holly Johnson
Gallery from May 17-July 26. “At first glance these two artists
seem very similar...but upon closer inspection they’re not,” says
Johnson. Galveston-born Jones, now a longtime Dallasite, was
the 1982 recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship Grant from
the National Endowment for the Arts. Slater’s work balances
composition, materials, and shapes with a bit of a techno twist.
The two artists have a history of camaraderie. Slater, who now
resides in New York, was Jones’s studio assistant when he lived
in Dallas and was finishing his studies at SMU. “They became
fast and furious friends,” notes Johnson. “It started out as
a mentor situation, and now they’re doing multiple shows
together.” Upcoming shows are in New York and Zurich.
An opening reception is set for May 17 from 6-8 p.m. Image
above: Otis Jones, Pink With Three Circles, 2014, acrylic on linen,
45 x 36 x 3 ½ in. Image below: Bret Slater, Lost Bread, 2014.
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