Scenes From Sour Grapes and Favio Moreno's Opening at The Public Trust.
Deep Ellum gallery The Public Trust is known for showcasing some of the most notable modern artists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so it was no surprise that this last weekend's partnered exhibition was a popular affair.
Favio Moreno's solo exhibition, “When All Else Fails,” was coupled with a pop-up shop called La Tienda by talented local crew Sour Grapes in the space on Saturday night, and the pairing provided a brilliant assortment; the works of Favio Moreno filled the main gallery and the collaborative Sour Grapes shop was held in the small front gallery room.
Like the exhibit outside, La Tienda was colorful and inviting. Wooden paletas by Eddie Castro were for sale in this mini-store — and selling well, too. Famed Sour Grapes member Carlos Donjuan also had watercolor versions of characterized paletas for sale. Mixing things up were cut and sewn garments (also donning the iconic paleta), and even some handmade pillows. And, for those who were on a small budget and looking to take home some art, there were beautiful zines by Ricardo Oviedo and Donjuan, as well as other smaller-scaled originals.
Fortunately, Moreno, founder of The Bodega Negra (another local Dallas artist collective), has been accustomed to working around other artists. And, as expected, his exhibition in the larger part of the gallery was also a colorful one. “When All Else Fails” featured paintings that played with a balance of vibrancy and darkness, using both color and religious imagery to get the point across. The division of color in his work was near perfect; where each thick brushstroke of color met another, the dividing lines were distinct. Moreno's work invited viewers to explore the ups and downs of a spiritual culture.
And explore they did. The Public Trust saw a slew of visitors take a journey through the exciting pop-up shop and the intriguing pained works. Together, Moreno and Sour Grapes brought a liveliness to the gallery that doesn't always happen with every reception.
Better yet, the featured artists were humbly conversing with their fans. And their fans were more than supportive, both purchasing art and giving motivating praise.
Regardless of the fact that a lot of the artists at this show are actual members of one another's families, this entire event felt like a family affair.