Ever since it opened in July 2011, Kevin Rubén Jacobs’ Oliver Francis Gallery has been both a media darling and the torchbearer of the avant-garde. With a day job as assistant curator at Goss-Michael Foundation and an unwavering eye and decided non-aversion to risk taking, Jacobs turned a once derelict industrial space in the old East side into Dallas’ coolest venue for talents you’d likely see in a Berlin strasse. Scholars such as SMU’s Dr. Michael Corris are fans of this destination (once home to a ’70s radical political activist), which is situated between used car lots near a well-trafficked Tex-Mex bakery. On the day of our photo shoot, OFG was showcasing the micro-abstractions of Keith Allyn Spencer, which remind us of ’80s-era Elizabeth Murray squeezed into 14-by-14-inch canvases. Now on view: It-gent Jeff Gibbons serves up four solos with enigmatic, albeit memorable titles such as “Chee$e = Milk’s Fourth State of Matter,” (through June 29). 209 S. Peak St., 817.879.8231; oliverfrancisgallery.com.