When we sat down at our local coffee shop to talk to next month’s featured artist, Amanda Moore, one topic we had to discuss was the challenge that faces artists who use a camera instead of a brush or chisel in their work. After all, photographic artists like Moore […]
Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.
Unmonumental: the object in the 21st century reviewed by Geoff Wichert Unmonumental is simultaneously the name of a book, a pioneering exhibition at the New Museum’s new home in the Bowery for which it functions as catalog, and a school of sculpture that the book argues is the […]
We’re hard at work on the April edition of 15 Bytes, crossing our fingers that we’ll get back into our tradition of actually publishing it on the first Wednesday of the month (even if at 11:59 pm). We feel a responsibility to work hard on this project because of all the […]
The Unexpected Nature of Installation by Geoff Wichert Sometimes an installation gets an unexpected boost from nature: so it was in the outdoor sculpture garden at the Central Utah Art Center this week. One of the rare sumptuously beautiful works of art with critical credibility, Roscoe Wilson’s Waste […]
While No One is Watching: Karen Sorenson at Altspace reviewed by Geoff Wichert “Time held me green and dying, though I sang in my chains like the sea.” The great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas was that rare individual who could retain the feeling of being young until he […]
Public vs. Private: Who Owns the Light? Sean Slemon and Herman Dutoit at CUAC by Geoff Wichert From ten feet away it appears that in Tied Up/Tied Down, Sean Slemon has filled a shadow box with bits of leafy foliage and then overlaid lengths of orange ribbon in […]
A profile of Utah artist Eva Jorgensen.
by Geoff Wichert Forty-five years is a lifetime on the job: long enough to stretch from school to retirement. It is also the age of the American studio glass movement, which began in the 1960s with glass blowing breakthroughs by Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin. Since […]
[slideShowProSC width=”600″ height=”700″ album=”697″] It’s hard to imagine how two bodies of work by two established artists, each making original and mature art and each working at the top of her form, could look more comfortable together than these two. When artists show together they sometimes divide the […]
by Geoff Wichert Art Czar, a recent biography of the dominant critic of modern American art, is sub-titled “The Rise and Fall of Clement Greenberg.” I take pleasure in these words, and particularly in the word fall. Every critic dies, every critic is diminished by subsequent discourse; but […]
Printmaker Stefanie Dykes, whose mostly black-and-white relief prints dating from 2002 till 2005 are on exhibit at the Central Utah Art Center until October 3, apparently finds the present (pun intended) easier to swallow when it’s dressed up to look deceptively like the past. One of the more […]
“Why are the people in Brian Kershisnik’s paintings so ugly?” This question from a visitor to the Central Utah Art Center’s just-concluded exhibit of recent paintings by Kathleen Peterson and Brian Kershisnik sent the director, Adam Bateman, and me searching for an answer. It wouldn’t help to point out that beauty […]