Saturday, April 11, 2015

Nis @ Raza Cosmica

A collaboration exhibition by Waterbound and Tierra Firme
Zeke Peña, Analise Minjarez, and Sarita Westrup at Raza Cosmica, an Oil and Cotton window gallery.

April 10 - April 23, 2015

The 11 year old boy depicted on the window is laying on the ground of the Texas desert. Heat stroke and thirsty. His ill mother is back home in Guatemala praying for his safe passage. He is on a journey with hopes to provide money for his mother’s medicine. But he won’t get up. He will pass to the other realm, the spirit world. His body won’t be found for weeks. The Tierra Firme & Waterbound collaboration explores the border, water, migration and border communities. Water jugs are left on migration routes along the border. These water jugs are often left with encouraging messages for the harsh journey migrants often face. Unfortunately there are also Border Patrol agents and private groups that sabotage these jugs by puncturing them, contaminating the water or removing them because they don't feel these people have the basic human right to access clean water. Many migrants die from thirst or other problems from the conditions they face on their journey. This installation is not only an homenaje (homage) to those who have lost their lives in search of a better one, but also an ofrenda (prayer/offering) for other migrants safe passage. The hand-made net challenges the idea of what borders are. The border divides but it also breaths and moves. Many people, communities and cultures get tangled in that net to give rise to something different. The Tierra Firme & Waterbound Collaboration is an attempt to understand the border and the broader cultural implications of the communities they affect. 


Waterbound // Zeke Peña

Waterbound is and on-going transmedia project that explores the symbolic and actual role water plays in our border community. Water affects every aspect of our lives: naturally, practically, ritually/spiritually, and geopolitically. We need it to survive. The Rio Bravo/Grande is the primary source of life for our border community, it unites us. But unfortunately our border community has come to understand the river as something that divide us. The U.S. side and the Mexican side. Something that naturally brings us together is being used to divide us through the effects of militarization and commodification.
Twitter/Instagram: @zpvisual

Tierra Firme// Analise Minjarez & Sarita Westrup

Tierra Firme is an experiential research project that revolves around the place and identity of artwork along the Texas-Mexico border. Fiber artists Analise Minjarez and Sarita Westrup, utilize the net as a symbol for the sky and stars shared between two countries. The tension necessary to create the knots of a net comment on the social strain between people living on separated land. In addition, the net although perceived as a barrier, provides portholes to either side of the border.  

Instagram: @tierra.firme

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


WHEN: Friday, December 5, 6-10pm & Saturday, December 6, 10-6pm

Preview Oil and Cotton’s future space at 817 W. Davis Street and shop for handmade goods by local artists.

This spring, we will relocate most of our programming and retail store directly across the street to share space with Davis Street Espresso and Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. Our current location will become studios for artists, a select group that will continue to host specialty Oil and Cotton adult workshops as well as contribute to the evolution of our thriving arts district.

Our move will enable Oil and Cotton to revitalize its commitment to outreach and smart-size its brick and mortar for sustainability in Oak Cliff. The building owners and occupants, Shannon and Jenni Neffendorf, are a family dedicated to their craft and our community. They have created an exquisite space for Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, and our adjacent location will be welcoming for all, full of beautiful light, and inspiring with the charm inherent in its layers of history.

We invite you to come celebrate with us this weekend. We will stage a sneak preview pop-up shop for the holidays, hosting an excellent line-up of vendors with unique gifts available from $5-$300.

Participating Vendors & Artists:
F is for Frank
Gina Garza
Girls Who Can
Initial K Studio
Jesse Bartlett
Jessica Sinks
June Covington
Kyle Hobratschk
Lilco Letterpress Studio
Matt Cusick
Mulcahy Farms
Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters
Oak Cliff Creperie
Of Mud & Coal
Randy Guthmiller
Texas Drawing Charcoal
The House of MacGregor
The Webb Gallery
Wool & Weave

Schedule of Events:

Friday, December 5
OPEN 6-10pm
Opening Party. Enjoy a coffee or cocktail and get first dibs on our unique inventory of handmade goods, vintage, and original art.  Davis Street Espresso will be crafting their famous hot beverages from 6-8pm.

Saturday, December 6
OPEN 10am-6pm
10-11am Let the Kids Shop – Enjoy a cup next door while we help your kids shop for you and wrap it up special. We’ll bring them back to you about two feet taller.
10-12pm Get a fresh, hot crepe from Oak Cliff Creperie
1-3pm Adult Workshop: Introduction to Artisan Cheese with Austin Dupree. $75 Register at

Friday, September 5, 2014

colorplay @ Raza Cosmica


color play
Exhibition by Jon Vogt and Abby Sherril at Raza Cosmica, an Oil and Cotton window gallery.

August 10 - September 5, 2014

Closing Reception September 5th, 7:00pm
Jon Vogt and Abby Sherrill, graduate students at the University of North Texas, collaborated to produce color play, currently on view at Oil and Cotton through September 5th. Their window installation explores the interplay of color relationships through formal abstraction and pattern. The relatable materials of tissue paper and string are used in consideration of the active learning community of artists young and old who participate at Oil and Cotton. Viewers are invited to contemplate and interact with the piece from both outside and inside the space. Light is an important part of the installation, as the visual interaction created by layers of colored tissue paper is transformed according to the position of the viewer and the time of day. A grid pattern is applied and translated between each window display through use of materials to create organizational clarity and movement. In contrast to the playful color of color play, negative space and absent color reflects and celebrates the creative potential of each viewer. 


I would like to introduce Raza Cosmica to the Oil and Cotton community. Raza Cosmica is a window gallery devoted to collaborations between craft and fine art. Installations this year will feature artists of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities. Located both in the classroom and on W. 7th Street, artwork on display will aid in the education of Oil and Cotton students and Oak Cliff visitors.

This Friday, September 5th at 7 pm will be the closing reception of colorplay, an installation by Jon Vogt and Abby Sherrill. Guests are invited to create their own color study inspired by Josef Alber’s Homage to the Square.

To see more works by Jon Vogt and Abby Sherrill, please visit their sites.


For more information or inquiries about Raza Cosmica, please contact:

Analise Minjarez                         


Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange of Dallas         


Monday, August 11, 2014

Fall Studio Swap-Meet

Oil and Cotton
September 6th, 6-9pm

This fall Oil and Cotton is hosting Studio Swap-Meet for local artists to clean out their studios of unused and scrap materials for an evening of collective bartering, trading, swapping, haggling, replacement, and exchange. All disciplines and media are encouraged as the interchanging possibilities are endless! This is a free event designed to encourage openness and communication between local artists. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Experimental Music, Field Recordings, Sound Art
Curated by Janeil Engelstad

Oil and Cotton
Creative Exchange of Dallas
837 W. 7th Street. Dallas, Texas 75208
June 12 – July 27, 2014
Opening reception June 12, 2014 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Sound installations, listening stations with headphones and pieces broadcast intermittently throughout Oil and Cotton AND THEN I WHIRLED AT THE SOUND OF includes local and international sound artists as well as artists who work with sound in addition to other mediums

Martin Back
Iris Bechtol
Rebecca Carter
Joel Chadabe
Janeil Engelstad
Jeff Gibbons
Helen and Newton Harrison
Oto Hudec
G Monet
Carolyn Sortor
Randy Thurman
Charles Underriner
Roberto Zanata

In conjunction with AND THEN I WHIRLED AT THE SOUND OF Oil and Cotton is producing a sound art summer camp for youth, June 9 – June 13. Led by Charles Underriner the camp will include sessions on Deep Listening by Janeil Engelstad. Additionally, the youth will create a sound piece to be included in the exhibition.

For more information:

Image: Sea Grass Moving in Wind, Cabrillo Highway, California, 2012, by Janeil Engelstad

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Adamson High School Visual Arts Exhibition

Adamson High School Visual Arts Exhibition 2014
Reception: Friday, May 23, 5-7pm

Adamson High School Visual Arts Exhibition 2014 will highlight the outstanding accomplishments made by the students of Adamson High School in the field of visual arts during the 2013-2014 school year. The exhibit is curated by its visual art instructors, Erik Tosten and Laurie Gonzalez. This year the students have been busy exploring a range of media, from collage to ceramic sculpture, and their work demonstrates a diverse array of conceptual and creative self-expression. Come out and be impressed with the students’ level of creativity and academic diligence. Join us to celebrate the artistic achievements with the student of Adamson High School.