A new space in Sugar House (2006 S 900 East) aims to serve as a unique cultural hub in Salt Lake City. The opening nights for 2006: Space Oddity, Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, will include live music by local indie bands, as well as an out of the ordinary visual arts show. This opening show gives artists of all ages and all mediums a foot in the door of the art world. The space put on an open call for artists to submit their work for the show. This gives the artists a unique ability to show their work in a gallery setting that can sometimes prove difficult for emerging artists.
Kyle Pickering, one of the space’s operating partners, made it clear that their aim is to cultivate a space that feels approachable and serves as a source of inspiration for local artists. “Salt Lake has the talent; we want to help encourage that in a space that brings in musical artists and visual artists alike,” he says. When the space is not being utilized for a particular show, it will be available for rent for anything ranging from private parties to yoga retreats. During these private and public rentals, Pickering hopes to leave up artists’ works in the hope that they will receive more exposure.
The space includes a cornerless cyclorama wall that is ideal for photographers without a studio to shoot in. When the “cyc wall,” as Pickering calls it, isn’t being utilized by photographers, he has hopes of it being a practice space for muralist to fine-tune their craft. They would leave the murals up for a short amount of time before clearing the wall for the next artist to make their mark.
The multipurpose venue shows promise as a symbiotic space for local artists of all kinds to come together and create. For event or space inquiries reach out to their social media page on Instagram: @2006.space.oddity. Be sure to follow along with this special journey.
Heather Hopkins recently received her BA in Art History from the University of Utah. She is also an arts writer for Southwest Contemporary. When she isn’t lost in a museum or art gallery, she can be found hiking and camping with her wife and their cat.