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And No Birds Sing: Frank McEntire at Nox Contemporary

Salt Lake City
December 3-January 28, 2021-22

NOX CONTEMPORARY
440 S 400 W Suite H, SLC, UT 84101.

On Friday, December 3rd 2021, Nox Contemporary will hosting the opening reception for the exhibition And No Birds Sing by Frank McEntire. There will be a public reception that evening, during the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll, from 6-8 p.m.

Frank McEntire’s recent work explores his concerns about “our natural world in crisis,” he said in a conversation with Nox Contemporary gallery owner John Sproul.  “Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring,” he explained, “was the catalyst for this series of work that celebrates our magnificent planet and explores the mounting threats to it.

The works exhibited will be added to McEntire’s larger installation Silent Spring and the Anthropocene to be exhibited next year at Snow College. “Rachel Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring,” he explained, “was the catalyst for this series of work that celebrates our magnificent planet and explores the mounting threats to it.”

The book’s message is still timely as we struggle to understand the environmental impacts of human activity on the planet. “It caused us question our indiscriminate use of toxic chemicals for pest control, especially insects.” And that questioning is apparent in And No a chapter title in Carson’s book.

Referring to a 2019 study published in the journal Science (“Decline of North American avifauna”), McEntire noted that, “during the last 50 years, North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds, or 29 percent of our avian population. Such a loss is like the proverbial ‘canary in the coal mine’ signaling an ecological crisis.”

“Pesticides and other toxic pollutants, disappearing glaciers and rising sea levels due to climate change, agricultural expansion, vanishing habitats and loss of biodiversity due to logging and deforestation, and radiation and plastics embedded into the geological record are but a few of our 21st Century challenges.” Our bird population, McEntire emphasized, “is affected by these human-caused environmental issues.”

“Pesticides and other toxic pollutants, disappearing glaciers and rising sea levels due to climate change, agricultural expansion, vanishing habitats and loss of biodiversity due to logging and deforestation, and radiation and plastics embedded into the geological record are but a few of our 21st Century challenges.” Our bird population, McEntire emphasized, “is affected by these human-caused environmental issues.”

“We inherit the grave responsibility to deal with the environmental challenges at our common doorstep,” McEntire said. “As these threats become more visible and better understood, I trust we can find solutions. Our timely response will determine if humanity remains in the grand scope of geological time.”

Frank McEntire, former director of the Utah Arts Council (now Utah Arts & Museums), is a sculptor, independent curator, former art critic for The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake magazine, and occasional contributor to 15 Bytes, an online magazine reporting on Utah art.

Because of COVID-19, all safety measures will be taken to insure a safe experience for all. We will require all to wear masks when entering the gallery, will enforce social distancing of 6 feet for those not in the same household and will limit the amount of people that can be in the gallery at one time. We will also not be serving refreshments and the restroom facilities will be closed to the public.

Directions: The gallery is located in the Homeless Healthcare Clinic complex at 440 S 400 W, in the south west corner. If coming on I-15 take the 600 S exit and turn left on 400 west, make a u-turn at 400 south and take your first right into the gating parking area and drive to the end, the gallery is the last door on your left, Suite H. If you are coming from the north on I-15 take the 400 south exit and turn left on 400 west and follow the instructions above from there.

And No Birds Sing will be open by appointment to the public through Friday, January 5th, 2021. There will be a second reception during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll on Friday January 21st, 2021. For more information or to make an appointment for Nox Contemporary please contact john@johnsproul.com .

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