RISE AND FALL
River Oaks Square Arts Center (August 21-October 3, 2015)
David J. Holcombe, M.D.
Michael Duncan fills the gallery with a colorful variety of abstract works. He uses an exciting palette of bold colors and variable forms to interpret songs. In fact, all of his titles and his works have been inspired by contemporary music by well-known artists. Examples include “Paranoid,” “Victim of Love,” “Shake t Off,” “Nights in White Satin,” “Live and Let Die,” and many others. It remains for the viewer to decide whether he captured the “essence” of the song, but he certainly produced striking works of art in the process.
Mr. Duncan, originally from Pineville, has lived various places, but currently calls Dallas home. He agreed that living as a professional artist (he is an “Artistic Consultant”) necessitates living in a larger urban area. The possibilities for gallery representation and for patrons increases with the size and prosperity of the area. That being said, Mr. Duncan retains connections to CENLA and several local patrons bought his works to enliven their homes.
He also displayed some sculpture works, mostly in wood, which combined various sinuous shapes with spiky appendages. He explained that he sandblasted these wood sculptures to enhance the grain. All of them had a notably organic quality.
For those interested in seeing his works, he as a website at
Dallas artist Michael Duncan to Exhibit Connections at Resource Center
DALLAS, Texas – Resource Center will host a unique multimedia exhibit featuring the works of Dallas artist Michael Duncan on Sept. 30 that will remain on view through Oct. 10 with an artist’s reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, from 3-5 p.m. Connections will showcase distinctive wood and wire sculptures and vivid oil and acrylic works on canvas.
Connections will feature 26 works by Duncan that emphasize the many forms love can take and the brilliant paths created by our relationships when we connect in authentic and intense ways. Duncan explained, “This collection is about knowing who you are, who you love and knowing and affirming that love. These works celebrate our community and the many connections we share with each other.”
Through his sculpture, Duncan establishes that the connections we make are formed at the most primitive cellular level. The graceful and sinuous flow of Duncan’s wood and wire works capture the divergent paths we choose as we journey toward one another. Through bold and vivid works on canvas, Duncan brings to life the tenderness, exuberance and poignancy we experience through our connections.
Duncan said, “I take pleasure in creating visually moving works that help people experience new emotions. I’ve always found that emotions are a healthy way to grow and evolve, and if I can help others evolve that part of themselves, I feel as though I’ve made another important connection.”
Connections will be on view free of charge from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays between Sept. 30 and Oct. 10. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Duncan’s works will benefit Resource Center, which is located at 5750 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas.
ABOUT MICHAEL DUNCAN Michael Duncan, a Louisiana native with deep roots in Chicago, currently lives and creates in Dallas.
Through his extensive work across sculpture and acrylics and oil on canvas, Duncan seeks to suspend and continually recast the narrative of a moment in time. His early compositions in sculpture continue to inform his works on canvas, giving rise to an evolving, synergistic relationship between the two art forms.
Duncan’s works have appeared in galleries and public spaces in Dallas, Louisiana and Los Angeles. For more information about Michael Duncan: MichaelDuncanArtist.com.
ABOUT RESOURCE CENTER
Resource Center, a United Way agency, operates Behavioral Health, Dental Health, GenderBrave, Grupo Orgullo Hispano, FUSE, Harold Simmons Foundation Health Campus, LGBTQ Community Center, Nelson-Tebedo, THRIVE, United Black Ellument, Women with Pride and Youth First. For over 35 years, the Center has provided programs of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community members and critical assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS and for their families. The programs of Resource Center promote understanding of the LGBTQ community and aim to eradicate the spread of HIV and AIDS. Resource Center is a trusted leader that empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities and providing transformative education and advocacy.