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Sofia Bastidas
Pollock Gallery Curatorial Fellow

This summer, the Pollock Gallery is moving to a new location on the east side of the SMU campus, in Expressway Tower suit 101. This collaboration with Sweet Pass Sculpture Park is a way to maintain programming during our ‘off season’ while supporting public outdoor sculptures and alternative art spaces.

May Show: Looms
May 25-July 14, 2019

Location: Sweet Pass Sculpture Park 402 Fabrication St. in West Dallas (75212).
Press Preview: Saturday, May 25, 2-4 p.m.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 25, 4-8:30 p.m.
The exhibition will also be open Sunday, May 26, 1-4 p.m. and on succeeding Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m., weather permitting, or by appointment. Schedule updates may be found on the Sweet Pass, Facebook or Instagram.

Sweet Pass Sculpture Park and SMU’s Pollock Gallery, in collaboration with Austin art collective Partial Shade, are presenting May Show: Looms, an exhibition of works by 11 U.S. artists at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park.

Partial Shade has organized works by nine of the artists in the one-acre outdoor park that “weave and connect in and around Sweet Pass’s natural landscape,” says Tamara Johnson, visiting lecturer in sculpture at SMU and co-founder of Sweet Pass. “Disparate clay parts melt into a sloppy slurry; bees cling precariously to avocado nets; viewers consider identity through a game of Connect Four; an orchestral score is revealed in parts; bodies, cloth and printed images mimic the landscape. Each work holds its own intention while developing an interwoven relationship greater than the sum of its parts.” The featured artists are Cameron Cameron, Leticia Contreras, Zack Ingram, Ariel René Jackson, Eric McMaster, Joiri Minaya, SMU art faculty member Jonathan Molina-Garcia and Partial Shade curators Jesse Cline and Michael Muelhaupt.

In addition, Sweet Pass will show a recent short film by Virginia Lee Montgomery, PONY COCOON, about “a Business Witch and the cryptic birth of a luna moth from a disembodied ponytail.” The film combines themes of psychology, entomology and awakening. And, Dallas artist Timothy Harding has created a site-responsive painting that introduces Sweet Pass’s new media initiative. In addition to its focus on outdoor works, Sweet Pass is expanding its programming to feature video, performance, experimental and hybrid media.

About Partial Shade:

Partial Shade is a nomadic curatorial project focused on hosting exhibitions in non-traditional spaces, with work that is responsive to, considerate of, and affected by its environment. It aims to be fluid, flexible and sensitive to context and space. Partial Shade is curated by Rachael Starbuck, Michael Muelhaupt and Jesse Cline. For more information, visit

About Sweet Pass Sculpture Park:

Founded in 2018 by Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park is a 501(c)(3) organization located on an acre lot in West Dallas. Its programming highlights emerging and mid-career artists in an outdoor setting on a rotating basis with a focus on project-based exhibitions. It is dedicated to experimentation and community engagement, with a goal of offering thought-provoking, interactive art in a free, public venue. In addition, Sweet Pass has an initiative for education and outreach focused on fostering dialogue about the ideas and objects present in the park. For more information, visit

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