Exhibition | Combustion, Release, Light -- Mike A. Lopez at Dang Good Candy | Emerging Artists at DANG GOOD CANDY | Fort Worth | Art Week

Combustion, Release, Light -- Mike A. Lopez at Dang Good Candy

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Saturday, 18 September 2021 to Sunday, 10 October 2021
Saturday, 18 September 2021 - 6:00pm

Join artist Mike A. Lopez at the opening of his first professional solo show -- Combustion, Release, Light, at downtown gallery DANG GOOD CANDY, September 18, 2021, from 6 pm - 9 pm. The Mexican-Born, North Texas artist, will showcase heritage and family to patrons in this solo exhibition. 


Combustion, Release, Light is an intimate look at family dynamics resulting from a once-in-a-lifetime fire that decimated the artist’s childhood home. Using his family as subjects, Lopez invited them to reflect on the event and how they each created something from a disaster. Like the project’s subject matter, this body of work was produced amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a parallel time and space of introspection and rebirth. 


Framed into three key phases, Combustion, Release, Light includes pre-fire, fire, and post-fire pieces within the show. The artist illustrates each moment through portraits and mixed-media capture of a performance art element that revisits the significant moment in time as it challenges each family member to think about not just what was lost but what had changed and, more importantly, what remained. 


DANG GOOD CANDY is the latest project by prominent Fort Worth artist Jay Wilkinson who conceived the studio/gallery to jumpstart careers for new and emerging artists. The gallery’s commitment to new forms of media and experimental art creates the perfect environment for this type of deeply personal and thought-provoking work. The show will transport patrons into the experience of combustion; into release; into light. 


The show will run from September 18 through October 10. 

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Mike A. Lopez is a Mexican-born artist specializing in photography. Inspired by his personal experiences as an immigrant, his work most often represents his birthplace combined with his current home of North Texas, where he’s resided for over 20 years. In early 2021 he graduated with a BFA focusing on fine art photography from The University of Texas at Arlington. He’s been shooting since 2005 and is proud to have shown his work at Dallas’ 500x annual Student Show in 2018, been selected as a featured artist in the special collaborative series with ArtTooth titled Art + Collective (2018), and represented in Fort Works Art’s First Come, First Serve juried exhibition in 2018. In addition to his showcase gallery work, Mike won the 2018-2019 Ideas in Art grant and solo exhibition show, recipient of the 2019 UTA Photo Faculty Student Grant, and a two-time Barnett Foundation Photo Award winner (2020, 2021).

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402 Houston St. Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Combustion, Release, Light -- Mike A. Lopez at Dang Good Candy
09/18/2021 to 10/10/2021


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