At our first co-lab event in February we talked with Shawn Porter and asked him, if he had the chance to work in our space what artist would he like to collaborate with. His answer surprised us – Ron Russon, a painter whose work had seemingly little in common with Porter’s installation work. Turns out, the two were childhood friends.
Later that evening, and unbeknownst to Porter, we ran into Russon. Guess who he said he’d like to collaborate with?
We gave them the keys to our space and told them to have fun.
The results, including an installation and video projection, are on view at this month’s co-lab.
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 28, 6-9 pm.
This is a one-night event
The co-lab is at Poor Yorick Studios
120 West Crystal Avenue (2590 South) in South Salt Lake.
Look for the red doors and chairs on the south side of the building.
Shawn O. Porter grew up in Lehi, Utah and spent 3 years in the Navy working on a salvage ship and 13 years working as a professional woodworker, designing and creating functional pieces of furniture before becoming the facilities supervisor for the arts and sculpture buildings at the University of Utah. His sculptural works include seedpod forms spreading their seed, representations of underground nuclear test sites and structures signifying the impermanence of natural and manmade containment systems. Check out our profile of the artist here.
The co-lab is part of Artists of Utah’s continuing effort to encourage collaborative art projects in Utah’s arts communities. It is funded in part by Salt Lake County’s Zoo Arts & Parks. Look for further installments of the program later this spring.
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