bechtol terrain

This rather large and strange object in an Elmwood front lawn is just begging you to touch it.

It is a sculpture, “Seminatural,” by Rachel Fischer, and it’s part of a new exhibition space from Oak Cliff-based artist and educator Iris Bechtol.

Terrain Dallas, in Bechtol’s front yard at 1122 Elmdale Place, is inspired by Chicago-based Terrain Exhibitions, whose stated mission is to redefine public art. The point is for artists to make site-specific art that elicits a response and interaction from viewers.

That is in line with Bechtol’s research, which focuses on heightening ordinary experiences through art. Terrain Dallas will offer “temporary interventions by established and emerging artists in and around the conventional landscape of a suburban front yard.”

A reception for Fischer is from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.