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Art & Soul

Kristie Ramirez, Rhonda Reinhart and Krystal Sarna | November 21, 2017 | Feature Features National

The creative scene in Dallas has never been better. Visual and performing arts take center stage in this feature as we shine the spotlight on the people who matter most right now.
100 West Corsicana

AN ARTIST'S OASIS
Could Corsicana be the new Marfa?

A tip from a student in artist Kyle Hobratschk’s printmaking class led him on a futile search for a Dallas-based studio. He found himself 20 miles outside the city, calling a Realtor to say he’d somehow missed Corsicana—turned out he had 40 minutes to go. Finally, he arrived at what is now 100 West Corsicana, an 1898 Odd Fellows Lodge that he and co-founder Travis LaMothe transformed into a residency for artists and writers. “We showed up to this building and it was unlike anything I’d ever seen before; in a forgotten state, dusty with a couple of broken windows and a lot of leaks,” he says. Naturally, he bought it. Five years later, 100 West, dubbed “the new Marfa” by Dallas art scenesters, has three floors of studios that house a rotating roster of artists and writers who come for a month at a time, such as December’s Annika Berry (Portland, Ore.), Eric Diehl (NYC), Evan Yionoulis (NYC) and Jung Young Moon (Seoul, South Korea). “It just felt like an enormous playground, a sandbox far removed from everyone else’s playground, where the possibilities seemed broader,” says Hobratschk. Dec. 9, 100 West is debuting Everything Beautiful is Far Away, a film by Pete Ohs, a former resident who won the U.S. Fiction Cinematography Award at the 2017 LA Film Festival.

SPOTLIGHTING SCULPTURE
Dallas power couple Christen and Derek Wilson chair the 2018 Nasher Prize.

Where is one likely to find art collectors with a low-key profile? “You can find us at the beautiful new restaurant Bullion downtown or sweating on the Katy Trail,” says Christen Wilson. A collection of sculptures, which began with acquisitions of minimalists, accents their affinity for art. “Most of our favorite artists, such as Eddie Peake, Aaron Curry and Alex Israel, work in multiple disciplines,” shares husband Derek. As does the 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate, Theaster Gates. The couple describes Gates as “an artist who has blurred the lines even more between sculpture and society.” The Nasher Prize is the only international award dedicated to sculpture. The Wilsons support the Nasher Prize Dialogues, which serve as a platform to bring awareness to sculpture. They are on committees for New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tate Modern in London. So how do they define Dallas as an arts city on a global scale? “Small but mighty strong.”



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