Mark Collop (2004 BFA in Painting; MFA from TWU in 2007) currently has exhibitions of his work in two Dallas art venues. At 500x he is presenting “Hunters Welcome” while at the Dallas Contemporary his video piece, “Dog Fetch” is being presented on a continuous loop.
Installation view of "Hunters Welcome" at 500x Gallery, Dallas.
Collop calls “Hunters Welcome” a collaboration with non-artists, since the work came out of a hunting trip he took not long ago with his dad and two buddies. The installation consists of five elements, installed in what is called the Upstairs Project Room. On the north wall there is a sculpture of a very tall deer blind; it faces a video presentation (not shown on photo above) of deer grazing on the deer lease – a video which Collop calls “deer porn” and which he produced under “art direction” by his non-artist collaborators. At the center on the floor, the two red glitter “piñatas” represent the testicles of a wild boar that one of the hunters killed and later castrated. According to Collop the testicles represent gusto, machismo, the masculine, virility or fertility, which to an extent is what hunting embodies.
Collop on left with blackbuck trophy kill; on right the homage to the Blackbuck.
The main purpose of this particular hunting expedition was to kill the elusive blackbuck (Krishna Mrigam), a species of antelope indigenous to India, Nepal and Pakistan, but now introduced into the Texas Hill Country where Collop and company were hunting. A tribute to the blackbuck is painted (under “art direction”) directly onto the west wall, with a “Christ of the Prickly Pears” painted and installed on the opposite wall. Collop, while shown posing with the killed blackbuck, was not the successful shooter of the prize. “Hunters Welcome” at 500x continues through January 9, 2011.    read more >>