Dallas artist explores new mediums at pop-up show, Dec. 10

Dallas-based visual artist Preston Pannek will showcase a new body of work this week in his debut solo show, “Pieces of Me.” This exhibit will feature nearly 50 larger-than-life paintings. Stop by to see these paintings at LAB ART Texas in the Dallas Design District on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. (This show is free to the public.)

I’m looking forward to the event because Preston uses a unique method to create his artwork. He uses mediums such as fire, spray paint, acrylic, oil and enamel paint and texturized mud to put together stunning pieces. Some of his inspirations include Pablo Picasso’s imaginative wonder and Andy Warhol’s vibrant and loud use of color.

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Within the exhibit, see three different sections:

The first series is inspired by ancient hieroglyphics, symbols, and shapes. It remains purposely untitled, leaving the meaning of each piece open for the viewer to discover for themselves.

The second series appears almost 3D in its life-like fluidity, drawing the viewer’s eye through the movement of each piece’s unique mixture of spray paint, acrylic, and water. This section, called “The Water Series” is a collection of pieces inspired by the motion of water in the ocean, underwater natural shapes and fascinating coral polyps beneath the surface.

The third and final series inside “Pieces of Me” was created in black and white, showcasing the artist’s creative use of texturized mud. “The Mineral Series” feels organic and rock-like, an ode to the natural landscapes Pannek longed for as a child growing up in man-made Dallas.

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Refreshments will be provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and Topo Chico, and enjoy live tunes by DJ Zuniga. LAB ART Texas is located at 315 Cole St., Dallas, Texas 75207.

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