Lab Art Texas is no stranger to promoting street art. The gallery's warehouse space in the Design District has played host to a number of artists since it opened last year. The gallery will celebrate its success and Dallas' art scene on Friday with By Way of Dallas, an exhibition of seven bicycles painted by seven Dallas-based artists and musicians, such as Erykah Badu, and a large-scale photography exhibit by Dallas is Dallas.
"Our whole goal is to create a platform and create an opportunity for these artists, and we are constantly looking for new talent," said Eric Rosiak, co-founder of Lab Art Texas.
The bicycles are from Sacramento-based City Bicycle Co. The fixed-gear City Type 001 models are being designed by Dallas artists to reflect their vision of the city. The bikes will then be displayed and sold at Lab Art Texas. The featured artists include Badu, The Sour Grapes Crew, Blue the Great, DJ Sober, Jeremy Biggers, Little Linda and Joonbug.
"She’s done work in all sorts of different mediums whether it be performance art or music, so the opportunity to design a bike was interesting to her," Rosiak said about Badu's contribution.
Lab Art was founded in Los Angeles in 2011 by Iskander Lemseffer. Rosiak and Adam Persiani, both Dallas-based private equity financiers, discovered the L.A. outpost of Lab Art on business trips and convinced Lemseffer to curate a Dallas-based gallery.
"There is a long history of street art in Dallas going back to the '70s," Rosiak said. The Lab Art team hopes to expand the brand to other street art-rich cities as well.
This show will be Lab Art Texas' first foray into displaying a major photography-based exhibit. Rosiak said both small and large scale pieces by Dallas is Dallas will be on display, but all of the photographs will feature views of the city.
"Dallas reminds people of home," Rosiak said. "What better to bring to this gallery than that?"