Bret Shirley en studio at Cardoza Fine Art
Newbie gallerist Pablo Cardoza’s eponymous gallery also serves as a front for a studio complex/talent incubator. A visitor, if he or she is lucky, may be invited around back to scope out such promising painters as Bret Shirley, who grows crystals in a lab that then make it onto canvases, or the wild ride of collagist gone awry Dylan Roberts. But his current showing of the scorching-hot Mark Flood has really put Cardoza on the map, coupled with the gallery’s debut last month at Texas Contemporary Art Fair.
During our recent visit, a new series of porn-embedded paintings by Flood was being hung by a bevy of his assistants, while a fog machine appeared in preparation for opening night of the artist’s solo, “Methage in a Bottle,” subtitled “An Exhibition of Genetically Modified Art Shit,” paired with a rough cut of the soon-to-be Frieze-exhibited artist’s feature film Art Fair Fever. Cardoza Fine Art, 1320 Nance, 713.386.9708