Various Small Fires Opens Its Third Art Gallery Outpost in Downtown Dallas

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Last night, Various Small Fires opened their new location in downtown Dallas. Founded by Esther Kim Varet in Los Angeles in 2012, the art gallery has successfully established a Seoul Korea location and now its Texas location makes it its third. The April 14 celebration began with a VIP preview and cocktail reception in the gallery, followed by a sit-down dinner at Sassetta. Some notable guests included exhibit artists Rosson Crow and Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Dallas Museum of Art curators Katherine Brodbeck and Vivian Li, Dallas Contemporary assistant director Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, art consultants Cindy Schwartz and Robyn Siegel and collectors Meg and Chris. Temple and Nadia and Jason Freedman.

Esther Kim Varet.

Various Small Fires Dallas’ inaugural group show explores the personal associations artists have with their heritage as well as the complicated political assumptions that come with being born in Texas. The exhibition will be presented in two parts, “Texan: Part I” and “Texan: Part II. The first was on display last night, with works by Will Boone, Rosson Crow, Aaron Curry, Jeff Elrod, Mark Flood, Daniel Rios Rodriguez, Ryan Trecartin and Jeff Zilm. “Texan: Part II” opens May 28.

The show’s artists call Texas their home, but admit that they sometimes try to hide their common identity, as being born in Texas is quickly associated with a conservative political stance, especially on issues concerning women’s rights, border control and the LQBTQ+ community. Particularly in recent months, Texas as a state has received international backlash for its conservative legislature profoundly affecting the lives of trans citizens and women’s reproductive rights. This exhibition is a way for Texan artists to regain their pride and reaffirm their true identity, and not the one attributed to them.

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