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The Truthful Surreal: Corinne Geertsen at the Springville Museum of Art

The Truthful Surreal: Corinne Geertsen at the Springville Museum of Art

Narrative painting, in the form of history painting, was once the pinnacle of Western art, the zenith of Alberti’s 15th-century treatise on painting, and a prerequisite for anyone seeking access to prestigious academies in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the advent of modernism, narrative’s importance waned, while the notion of what narrative could be...

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Remapping the Natural World: Elise LaJeunesse, Nancy Steele-Makasci and Matt Kruback at Finch Lane Gallery

Remapping the Natural World: Elise LaJeunesse, Nancy Steele-Makasci and Matt Kruback at Finch Lane Gallery

One of the key questions art plays with at the present moment can be implied to the five-word phrase it is and it isn’t. Most traditional works of art unambiguously intend viewers to see just what they pretend to be: a visage, a human figure, a moment from life. Kandace Steadman pulled three artists from...

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David Wolske: Artist Profile

David Wolske: Artist Profile

At a time when “new media” is all the rage, Salt Lake City artist David Wolske uses a centuries-old printing technique that has disappeared from its once-ubiquitous place in the commercial world but which lives on in small studios like Wolske’s and at book art centers like the University of Utah’s Red Butte Press. The...

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Remembering Topaz: A New Museum and a New Exhibition

Remembering Topaz: A New Museum and a New Exhibition

The Topaz Museum in Delta opens this month with an exhibition of works on paper by artists interned at the camp during World War II.

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An Improvised Beat: Jesse Quebbeman Turley Drums His Way to Composition

An Improvised Beat: Jesse Quebbeman Turley Drums His Way to Composition

You could say Jesse Quebbeman-Turley prefers the improvised life, but likes to play with structure. Like a true jazz musician, he goes with the flow and acts on impulse. He lives his life “as an indie band would.” He’s not interested in being the genius; he takes pleasure in collaborative work and thrives in the...

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Don't Read This at the SLC Main Library

Don’t Read This at the SLC Main Library

In Don’t Read This, eight artists attempt to explore incorporating the verbal content of a message into the way it’s presented without allowing text to hijack the image.

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Keeping It Together: Andrew Ballstaedt

Keeping It Together: Andrew Ballstaedt

Ehren Clark puts together the pieces of Andrew Ballstaedt's art, from Klee-inspired houses to friendly monsters and family flags.

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Drawing From the Lake: Hikmet Sidney Loe at Chapman Library

Drawing From the Lake: Hikmet Sidney Loe at Chapman Library

. . . In her work as an academic, Loe has taken numerous individuals and groups, both by land and by air, to visit the lake and its world-famous landmark Spiral Jetty. Her trips to the lake in helicopters provide for the most striking images in her portfolio, three of which are on exhibit here....

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That Certain Something: Finding a Suitable Subject and Deciding How to Paint It

That Certain Something: Finding a Suitable Subject and Deciding How to Paint It

Scene selection can be a huge advantage or a stumbling block to the advancement of a plein air painter’s work. Often, the problem with a painting is not that an artist can’t paint well enough, but that the choice of subject matter lacks that certain something that will lend itself to a good painting. To...

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She is the Hostess: Martha Rasmussen Harding's "Up the Stairs/Down the Stairs"

She is the Hostess: Martha Rasmussen Harding’s “Up the Stairs/Down the Stairs”

This work from the State of Utah’s Fine Art Collection is currently on view at the Utah State Capitol building until March 13th. The work is paint and collage on masonite and paper in the shape of a house and tree. Its odd angles and unique construction make it a little more delicate than a framed...

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Teresa Jordan's The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off): A Meditation on the Search for Meaning in an Ordinary Life

Teresa Jordan’s The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off): A Meditation on the Search for Meaning in an Ordinary Life

by Lisa Bickmore When, at the beginning of the New Year, the great separation occurs—I’m talking about the separation between the resolution makers and the resolution deniers—you’ll have to count me among the makers. I like the idea of a reassessment, a chance to reflect and set a different course. I was discussing this with...

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[con]text at the UMFA is no joke

[con]text at the UMFA is no joke

by Julie Dunker The current exhibition at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) has a deceptive title: [con]text could lead one to believe there is some sort of trickery at work, a deception, a con. But this exhibit is the real deal, an inviting array of linguistic imagery, culled from the museum’s permanent collection...

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