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Between Force and Fragility: Lydia Okumura and the gendered nuances of Minimalist sculpture

Between Force and Fragility: Lydia Okumura and the gendered nuances of Minimalist sculpture

Lydia Okumura’s Situations, now on view at Weber State University’s Shaw Gallery, is a breathtaking exhibition that concentrates the artist’s 50-plus-year career in modest but powerful form. In her first exhibition west of the Mississippi, Situations debuts a remarkable assortment of sculptures and works on paper from throughout the artist’s career. The visual magnificence of...

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Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman's stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman’s stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Long ago relegated to the domestic sphere, embroidery is often seen as a decidedly feminine form of labor. Which is why, taking a renewed interest in practices such as textile work and ceramics, feminist art sought to question society’s often demeaning classifications of such mediums as ”women’s work.“ Salt Lake City artist Erin Coleman has...

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Drawing Outside the Frame: Lewis Crawford's Constructs at Finch Lane Gallery

Drawing Outside the Frame: Lewis Crawford’s Constructs at Finch Lane Gallery

  “Everyone leaves marks, both physically and emotionally,” says Lewis Crawford. The artist, who is featured in a group show now up at Finch Lane, uses this philosophy to guide a conceptually fluid assortment of visual experiments, or “constructs.” Crawford’s works are simultaneously philosophical and simple—emphasizing the primal role of mark-making in art. The two-dimensional...

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Fat Phobia at Art Access

Fat Phobia at Art Access

  The world is awash with proverbial sayings about beauty — it’s in the eye of the beholder or only skin deep. Such notions seem at odds, however, with our society’s prescription for a monolithic kind of beauty, a preoccupation for which women across the generational spectrum have fallen victim. Art Access’ latest exhibition “Fat...

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Andrew Rice and Justin Diggle's 'Redefining Structures' at the Salt Lake City Library

Andrew Rice and Justin Diggle’s ‘Redefining Structures’ at the Salt Lake City Library

  Printmaking exists as one of art’s most revered mediums. Its influence is impossible to overstate, as early practitioners were responsible for disseminating the written word and visual illustration to countless individuals for whom such access was previously limited. In the modern era, fewer artists aspire to be master printmakers. The exhaustiveness of its procedure...

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We are the People: Experiments in Contemporary Indigenism at WSU's Shaw Gallery

We are the People: Experiments in Contemporary Indigenism at WSU’s Shaw Gallery

Overshadowed and undervalued by the history of Caucasian colonizers, the diverse tapestry of America’s indigenous peoples is frequently molded together to form a digestible monolithic narrative. An increasingly urgent call to arms regarding minority representation in art accompanied the civil rights movements of the 1960s and, while significant efforts have been made since then, the...

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In-Flux: The Art of Lindsay Frei

In-Flux: The Art of Lindsay Frei

Shocking. Profane. Beautiful. Inspiring. These are but a few of the vast and diverse adjectives used to describe contemporary art. As a figural painter and photographer, Lindsay Frei has intentionally blurred the boundaries of such classifications, creating work that is both skillful and intelligent. An undeniable talent marks Frei’s work, evident in the technical rendering...

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Et in Utah Ego at Mestizo

Et in Utah Ego at Mestizo

Utah houses some of the world’s most stunning geological wonders and Mestizo Institute of Culture and Art’s newest exhibition, Et in Utah Ego, acknowledges and challenges these markers of Utah’s local identity. The show, curated by Mestizo’s director Renato Olmedo-González, presents over 100 small photographs taken from locations across the state with an iPhone camera....

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Weaving the Unexpected: Navajo Pictorials from the Lucke Collection at BYU

Weaving the Unexpected: Navajo Pictorials from the Lucke Collection at BYU

Art maintains a remarkable ability to change and augment our perceptions of different cultures and traditions. As a title, “Weaving the Unexpected” anticipates the exhibition’s capacity for redefining what is typically known about this subject. The works contained in this show present remarkable craftsmanship and skill in their own right, made even more impressive when...

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The Monitoring Gaze: Panopticon at UMOCA

The Monitoring Gaze: Panopticon at UMOCA

  In a technologically vibrant world, it is increasingly difficult to separate ourselves from our digital appendages, as screens, wires and gadgets serve as tangible reminders of the more complicated, invisible networks that surround us. History demonstrates that episodes of great progress like ours are met with a combination of excitement and fear: while modernity...

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Culture Creators: Ruby Chacon and Natalia Deeb-Sossa at Mestizo

Culture Creators: Ruby Chacon and Natalia Deeb-Sossa at Mestizo

Culture has a powerful ability to shape many aspects of personal identity including political, social and familial interactions. Gender also plays a powerful role in this equation. Much has been made about how cultures structure male and female roles, but what happens when this culture is transplanted to a new space and is forced to...

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Our America: Latino Presence at the UMFA

Our America: Latino Presence at the UMFA

by Scotti Hill To consider oneself an American is to acknowledge an inherent lack of cultural homogeny. The nation is comprised of countless national ancestries, cultures, religions and customs. So much so that the traditional and hopeful “melting pot” metaphor has given way to the more realistic “tossed salad.” The Utah Museum of Fine Art’s...

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