Salt Lake City
June 21 – July 7
Join the Downtown Artist Collective on summer solstice from 6:30pm – 9:30pm for the opening reception of “Bodily Wonder.” Featuring works from Aleanna Wonder, Chris Bodily and hourly performances by the Inter-dimensional Clown collective, the artists explore a phantastical canivalesque dialogue between 2-D art and performance pieces.
Creativity appears to 2-D artists as instincts converted into symbolic form such as drawings, dreams and play. Art is then constructed to make sense of internal and external reality, modified by feeling and emotions, then projected onto real and imaginary objects. The inclusion of performance as a way to interpret and challenge works of art pushes the boundaries of the gallery going experience into mystical places where magic, clowns and nightmares become apart of reality and by extension, the gallery audience.
Alex Wonder – Artist Alex Wonder is a fine artist and community organizer in SLC, UT. Her artwork has appeared in museums, galleries, magazines, and art shows both in the U.S and internationally. Her community work has spanned homeless outreach to fundraising for Standing Rock and the Rape Recovery Center. Alex’s work explores the Tarot, personal symbolism, dreams, and myths through various media. By doing so, she hopes to “find the spaces where the realms of magic and possibility greet the challenges of real life”. During her off hours, Alex assumes dryad form and takes to the forest. Chris Bodily – Artist Chuang Tzu writes, “When an archer is shooting for fun, he has all his skill. If he shoots for a brass buckle he is already nervous. If he shoots for a prize of gold he goes blind or sees two targets. He is out of his mind. His skill has not changed, but the prize divides him. He cares. He thinks more of winning than of shooting, and the need to win drains him of power.” Eugen Herrigel echoes this sentiment in his book Zen and the Art of Archery, stating, “The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise… Archery is still a matter of life and death to the extent that it is a contest of the archer with himself.” On this dimension’s Earth, we’ve lived in secrecy for hundreds of thousands of years, but now it is time that we step into the light. We are a collective of space clowns, psychonauts, degenerates, storytellers and storybreakers, film makers, dream summoners, performance artists, noise artists, anti-artists and more from all over the Multiverse, dedicated to thinning the walls between each dimension and helping all beings become more aware of the Glitch. We are Mystics of the Absurd, Priestesses of the Great Honking, guided by the ever present but often unseen Clown Guardians. Our experimental cabaret takes you on journeys into the dark caverns of the Suppression Junkyard. Dreamlike experiences follow us wherever we go. The world is our playground.
Exhibition Details: Bodily Wonder June 21 to July 7
Throughout the month of June, the gallery will be hosting free, and donation based, events in support of Pride, that we invite you to join:
Queer Cult – June 16th @ 9pm
Restorative Yoga with Jenafur – June 19th @ 5pm
Live- sketch Night – June 20th @ 7pm
Exceptional Love: An Evening of Music & Poetry – June 27 @7pm
Dross : Mirrors – June 28th @ 8pm
See the Downtown Artist Collective Facebook Events page for details. Downtown Artist Collective 100 South 258 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 Saturday from 2pm – 6pm or by appointment About the Downtown Artists Collective We are an artist co-op founded by local artists and entrepreneurs, a place for artists and the community to come together through galleries, studio, and learning space located in Downtown Salt Lake City. We strive to create a community where artists can reflect, collaborate, and share in a cooperative environment. Our goal is to provide a space for excellent artists to exhibit work and share skills with each other and the community. The DAC is an artist-run gallery. Artists staff the gallery and operate all aspects of the business.
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