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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.

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“I want to be happy in this picture” – Art Access Welcomes Turn City for the Arts

[slideShowProSC width=”600″ height=”600″ album=”619″] Utah is home to a wide variety of art venues, from those that deal in highly polished decor to others showing art so conceptual the gallery may look empty at first. Museums play a role here, varied by location—one downtown, another in the shopping […]

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Something for Everyone: Tess Cook, Grant Fuhst and Larry Revoir Fill the House at Finch Lane

It may seem like there are as many possible artistic goals, and strategies for achieving them, as there are artists, but it’s not really true. Just as the number of genres remains finite—landscape, portrait, figure, still life, and so on—and the variety of qualities, like abstraction, representation, or […]

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’Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.’ Larry Revoir’s vocabulary of annihilation comes to Finch Lane

[slideShowProSC width=”600″ height=”500″ album=”602″] Today’s artists come of age in a thicket of appropriation, whether it’s the quotation of a famous artwork, like Marcel Duchamp’s drawing a mustache on a postcard of Mona Lisa, or pop music made from sampled, previous hit songs. So it came as no […]

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A Rain of Discord: The 2015 Utah Statewide Annual

[slideShowProSC width=”600″ height=”500″ album=”585″] One of the Old World’s grand definitions of art—that art is craft in the service of inspiration—seemingly went out of service when fashionable insistence by artists on absolute creative freedom trumped the audience’s taste for demonstrations of skill. But the pendulum continues to swing, […]

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Word (and Picture) Jazz from Filmmaker Tyrone Davies: In Camera in UMOCA’s Projects Gallery

Tyrone Davies’ In Camera comprises more than a dozen television sets arranged in deliberate, symmetrical spatial compositions around an altar-like pair that much of the time places an image of religious meditation in close proximity to a giant sports arena. Symbolism noted. All the sets are playing, a […]

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Ben Gaulon wants you to Corrupt.Yourself: Some serious fun in UMOCA’s Codec Gallery

  Shelley, given like all Romantic poets to overstatement, wrote that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Two centuries later, Auden replied that “poetry makes nothing happen.” Presuming that what they said of poetry can stand for all of art, their argument addresses the essential question […]

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Home lost and found again in art: Cheryl Sandoval and Steps from the Reservation at Mestizo

[slideShowProSC width=”600″ height=”600″ album=”579″] Among my favorite qualities in art, two perennial activities stand out. One is drawing, an essential human activity that too often goes entirely under-appreciated, thought of as nothing more than the practiced trick of outlining visible forms. The fact that computers, with their mind-boggling […]

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A pair of alchemists at work and play: Layne Meacham and Frank McEntire together (at last) at Howa Gallery

On a wall edging a Bogotá, Colombia, street, music and theater posters vie with fight cards and bullfight notices pasted cheek-by-jowl to a rough, stucco wall. Over them are stenciled images of balaclava-clad guerrillas and the scrawled brigade name, M19, alternating with random graffiti, the surface peeling open […]

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Patterns of Resistance: Doctorow Prize Winner Firelei Baez at UMOCA

[slideShowProSC width=”600″ height=”600″ album=”569″] “Patterns of Resistance,” the title piece of UMOCA’s latest foray into “forward-thinking art” is a very large, intricate painting in blue and gray. In the midst of imposing space, created by joining two of what were probably the largest sheets of paper the artist […]