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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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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 […]

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Finding Fertile Ground in the Desert: The Harrison Museum stakes a claim for the transcendent role of Western art

On a partition amid the downstairs gallery of the Harrison Museum in Logan hang three hand-woven Hopi plaques, or flat dishes. The backwards-F motif of the central disc repeats six times, as if rotating rapidly around its center. To the left, a woven black-and-white pattern suggests a hoop, […]