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Geoff Wichert

Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

"Summer Picnic Relic" by Jason Lanegan
Exhibition Reviews | Visual Arts

What You See Isn’t Always What You Get; Sometimes, It Gets You Adam Larsen and Jason Lanegan at BDAC

In biology, circumstances—what scientists call “niches”—summon particular organisms into being. So it may have been inevitable that BYU and Snow College, two of the principal breeding grounds of Utah art, would each possess a teacher who is also a prolific artist, a keen student of local culture, a […]

"The Set" (detail) by Wren Ross.
Current Edition | Exhibition Reviews | Visual Arts

Omens, Butterflies and Lamb’s Wool: Three Women at Finch Lane Gallery

Sometime around 1970, feminist historians began to make all sorts of discoveries about the primacy of artistic and scientific discoveries during what has been called the Enlightenment. Among these was the realization that, just as artists often perform the difficult early stages of gentrification of urban areas, only […]

Exhibition Reviews | Visual Arts

Three Responses to an International Emergency: Part 2 — Rick Shaefer’s Refugee Trilogy

It’s not hard to see why, when BYU Museum of Art’s Curator of American Art Kenneth Hartvigsen and his staff set out to take the measure of artistic responses to the international refugee crisis, they wanted to include Connecticut artist Rick Shaefer’s spectacular narrative allegory, “Refugee Trilogy.” Inspired […]

Exhibition Reviews | Visual Arts

Reconstructing the Commonplace: Sarah Bown Roberts at Finch Lane Gallery

Sarah Bown Roberts recently graduated from BYU, but she’s starting out strong with Head Lands. Like Noah’s Ark, her 10 mixed-media collages, three oil paintings, and six digital photos each carry paired aesthetic animals. Thematically, the first pair divides them into “archeological excavations” and “restorations.” In this, they […]