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A Love Letter From Death to Decay: Naomi Marine's drawings and soft sculptures at Finch Lane Gallery

A Love Letter From Death to Decay: Naomi Marine’s drawings and soft sculptures at Finch Lane Gallery

If you reached into your refrigerator and pulled out a carton of plump strawberries, only to find they’re covered in fuzzy, circular patches of fungus, you’d grimace and throw them away, right? You’d hardly examine the tiny, flowering patterns of decay and growth. But fascination with such microscopic details, which show how plush organic material...

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Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Exhibiting at Modern West Fine Art this month, the traditionally trained painter Ben Steele chooses subjects that hark back to a universal and nostalgic American childhood. From Kennewick, Washington, and educated first at the University of Utah and then at the apprenticeship program in Helper—under the instruction of artists David Dornan and Paul Davis—Steele’s Western...

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Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee's Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee’s Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Mike Lee, an Artist in Residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, describes himself as a product of two world cultures, having split his childhood between rural Japan and Utah. His work bridges these two separate geographical and cultural regions with reference to an elusive third: the young culture of the Internet realm. In...

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You've Got Junk: Benny van der Wal's Desert Trashscapes

You’ve Got Junk: Benny van der Wal’s Desert Trashscapes

When Benny van der Wal started collecting junk mail with the beginning of an artistic project in mind, he had no idea that only a year later he would have collected over 55 pounds of waste. Everyone has received ads and coupons that pile in a corner or are thrown away, but few want to...

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Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki's Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki’s Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

In his new exhibit, Ryoichi Suzuki’s carved, flowing forms of wood and stone punctuate two rooms in Salt Lake City’s A Gallery. In each sculpture on display, Suzuki uses different types of stone or wood to produce elongated and graceful organic forms. A native of Japan, Suzuki’s subjects hark back to shapes found in Japanese...

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Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee's “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee’s “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

If somehow the primal essences of cult horror movies, ‘80s arcade games, abandoned amusement parks, and pulp sci-fi magazines were smashed together, Elmer Presslee’s art might have been fused from the resulting debris. Although many elements feel familiar—callbacks to subcultures of the 1970s and 1980s—Presslee’s style is so distinct that the whole body of work...

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Alchemical Experiments: Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery

Alchemical Experiments: Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery

Albedo | Nigredo , the collaborative exhibit by Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery, takes an attentive sculptural approach to exploring the mystical way that everyday materials are transformed by artists’ creative processes and the unique environment of gallery space. The gallery creates a space that mimics an ancient alchemical laboratory, where...

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Portraits of a Pilgrim Artist: Willy Littig at Mestizo

Portraits of a Pilgrim Artist: Willy Littig at Mestizo

The untitled photographs in Willy Littig’s exhibit Vecinos wander across the walls of Mestizo Gallery like humble pilgrims. Dressed in understated, neat frames, they appear unburdened by worldly pretensions, as if they are on their way to ascetic enlightenment. Littig captured these images on his recent walking pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, or St....

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Downy Doxey-Marshall's kloTH at Alice Gallery

Downy Doxey-Marshall’s kloTH at Alice Gallery

In the deep shade of canopies that flutter like leafy parasols above South Temple’s historic mansions, the Alice Gallery, home to the State of Utah Fine Art Collection, displays Downy Doxey-Marshall’s newest show /klōTH/. If you’ve ever wondered how to describe the upside-down letters and slashes that follow dictionary entries, (the markings that look like...

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The Remains of Lost Time: Laura Hope Mason’s Extinct

The Remains of Lost Time: Laura Hope Mason’s Extinct

The sister fields of archaeology and paleontology share the near-impossible aim of putting eons of earth’s time into human perspective. The movement and scale of time are notoriously difficult for people to understand, but facing the physical remnants of plants, animals, and early humans brings millions of years into a more relatable focus. Laura Hope...

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Painting The Painted: Kevin Red Star at Modern West Fine Art

Painting The Painted: Kevin Red Star at Modern West Fine Art

Kevin Red Star’s paintings at Modern West Fine Art give the immediate impression of no-nonsense stability and strength. Their compositions—featuring mounted Crow warriors, tipis against starry skies, or profiles of chiefs in traditional costume—are balanced and deliberate. Most shapes are fully delineated. The predominant colors are subtle, earthy tones, which make the canvas look in...

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The Fog of Masculinity: Salt Lake Acting Company’s World Debut of Streetlight Woodpecker

The Fog of Masculinity: Salt Lake Acting Company’s World Debut of Streetlight Woodpecker

Early in Salt Lake Acting Company’s production of “Streetlight Woodpecker,” the protagonist Benji (played by Stefan Espinosa) mistakes the pecking of a neighborhood woodpecker for the sound of distant machine-gun fire. Benji, who has just returned from active duty with debilitating injuries, struggles to readjust to his hometown of Philadelphia. While you can’t get a...

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