A maker of food-based puns that put your gray matter to work and yet radiate a flip, populist appeal (sometimes as neon, sometimes as glitter, sometimes as an ironic smile), Alejandro Diaz seems like a perfect candidate for the first solo show at David Shelton Gallery in Stone Oak. SA native Diaz founded local contemporary-art leader Sala Diaz and helped ignite SA’s mid-’90s anti-establishment artsplosion before heading off to greater fame in NYC, from where he’s put in appearances at the Havana Biennial, the Public Art Fund, LACMA, the Whitney, and Jessica Murray Projects, to namedrop a few. Shelton is promising a range of media, including, we hope, artifacts from some of Diaz’s performance-based work, in which the handsome Chicano confronts stereotypes head-on with a disarming Charlie Chaplin charm. Opening reception: Free, 6-9pm Sat, Jun 19, 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy., Suite 202, davidsheltongallery.com.
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