KHFA exhibition archives

Fancy Footwork

April 24-May 22, 2010
Artist reception April 24, 2010, 6:00-8:30 pm

Kirk Hopper Fine Art is pleased to present "Fancy Footwork," a group show presenting a highly original take on everything from the waist down, including but not limited to legs, feet, socks, and shoes. Featured artists include Karen Garret, Kevin McCartney, Sergio Garcia, Carlos Donjuan and Alejandro Diaz-Ayala. The exhibition will open with a reception free to the public on April 24 (6:00-8:30) and runs through May 22.

Front window at KHFA Gallery

Kevin McCartney is the visual director for Barney's New York here in Dallas and merges fine art with the world of high(est)-end retail. His secret? Show-stopping designs that work well as sculpture while simultaneously luring clientele into perhaps the most stunning store in the Western hemisphere. Look for his assemblages of Armani mannequin legs, skates, bic lady razors, shoes and garter hose in the store front of HCG's gallery windows. You can also check his work out in the windows of Barney's Beverly Hills during his KHFA exhibition.

Karen Garrett, meanwhile, is known for her figurative cardboard sculptures and, in this instance, will be displaying small porcelain sock sculptures and canvas works of socks—the perfect accompaniment of paraphernalia of the lower limbs, whether sculpted, assembled or painted.

Additionally, KHFA will be presenting the works of Sergio Garcia, Carlos Donjuan and Alejandro Diaz-Ayala. All three of these artists mix Mexican subculture with contemporary themes to create a complex pastiche of styles, subject matter and defiant street-hip visual juxtapositions.

KHFA's group show promises to be exciting, cutting edge and incorporate a variety of styles into one over-arching theme, "Fancy Footwork." And what is equally compelling is the gallery's plan to become the driving force for a shoe drive benefiting children in Haiti. On the eve of the reception, gallery-goers are encouraged to drop off shoes that will be sent to help with the relief effort in the Caribbean country that was hit by a catastrophic earthquake this past January.

Plus, if you're interested in attending one of the more adventurous openings of the season, the KHFA reception will be featuring jam skating—a blend of dance, gymnastics and roller skating.

Sergio Garcia, 2 Step, oil and acrylic on canvas
Carlos Donjuan, Nothing Is What It Seems, mixed media on wood, 24" x 36"