Looking Sideways at Gallery Bomb

There’s a quiet art revolution going on in North Oak Cliff’s Tyler Davis neighborhood and one of the newer radicals is Gallery Bomb.  Owner Brandon Sellers debuted the storefront gallery last summer as the epicenter of “lowbrow art” – think street art brought indoors and offered for sale at affordable prices. 

Sellers’ gallery joins numerous arts neighbors to create a deliciously fresh community of artists and aficionados who embrace the appeal of art as the backbone of community.  The city is considering a proposal to close some streets and create a walking plaza here – including a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughn, an Oak Cliff native.

Gallery Bomb has held several successful shows in the past 7 months; typically month-long solo or group shows.  During the run of his show, street artist extraordinaire JMR added a mural to the neighborhood’s growing collection of street art.

The second Saturday evening of the month often turns into an old-fashioned neighborhood block party at Tyler Davis – store doors open, music, lots of people strolling and chatting and good times.

Saturday, March 10 should have been one of those nights, so Sellers promoted a “pop-up” gallery show called Looking Sideways: A Group Show Highlighting Skateboard Art and Culture at Gallery Bomb.  I say “should have been” because it poured rain in Oak Cliff the night of the show.  While the crowds were absent, a steady stream of patrons strolled into the gallery – albeit with umbrellas.

The pop-up culture is everywhere in Oak Cliff – pop-up dog parks, pop-up better blocks, and pop-up vintage shopping in a green school bus.  At Gallery Bomb, a pop-up show happens one night only and it’s strictly buy-the-art-right-off-the-wall-and-take-it-home-with-you.  It’s an intriguing mix of party, performance art, opening (and closing!) reception and an art store with the artists in residence.

An eclectic collection of artists had “popped up” for the night and their styles were unique and fresh.  Steve Hamilton (Shamwork) showed six large grayscale portraits of street people that were lovingly rendered in his unique photographic/spray paint/silkscreen technique.  His work is mature, sensitive, and stunningly mesmerizing.

Jeru Gabriel brought three portraits rendered in oils on skateboard decks.  He’s a portrait artist who works in various media and confesses he’s a better artist than skateboarder.

Christian Millet, originally from Peru but now living in Dallas, showed several pieces - some on masonite and others on decks.  His imagery shows elements of Meso-America meets street art for an interesting and unique point of view.

Adnan Razvi showed work featuring his street art style scaled down to fit on canvas - both figurative and abstract planes coupled with the flourish of his graffiti signature.

All the art was reasonably priced.  Sellers says, “If artists can price their work in the under $400 range, there is a market for it here.”