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The Shared Sacred: A Personal Response to Phyllis Barber's Memoir, "To the Mountain"

The Shared Sacred: A Personal Response to Phyllis Barber’s Memoir, “To the Mountain”

To the Mountain: One Mormon Woman’s Search for Spirit (Quest Books, 2014)) By Phyllis Barber Reviewed by Jake Clayson   Given the chance to read Phyllis Barber’s To the Mountain: One Mormon Woman’s Search for Spirit before I served as a Mormon missionary on the Saddle Lake Indian Reservation in Alberta, Canada, I might have...

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Visual Music: Liberty Blake at Phillips Gallery

Visual Music: Liberty Blake at Phillips Gallery

Liberty Blake makes music with visual art. The UK native turned UT resident blends together pieces of found, salvaged and purchased paper to create works of simplistic profundity. Her current show at Phillips, in which more than 20 new works are displayed in the downstairs Dibble Gallery, are not concerned with a maximum of materiality;...

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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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Organic Environments: Paintings by Laura Hope Mason at the City Library Gallery

Organic Environments: Paintings by Laura Hope Mason at the City Library Gallery

It hasn’t been long since Laura Hope Mason graduated from the U of U. This becomes apparent during her opening lecture for her latest show, now up at the Salt Lake City Library, when questions asked by her audience turn into shared recollections of classes taken, particular professors, and the lessons they taught. Then there’s...

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The Death of Drawing

The Death of Drawing

Forget the “marketplace of ideas.” I say: put small gloves on ideas, stick ‘em in a cage with an opponent of comparable capabilities and gravitas, and let them “go toes.” Eye to eye. Mano a mano. Mixed Mental Arts Fight Club (MMA FC). Here’s what I’m talking about: David Ross Scheer’s The Death...

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Surviving Suburbia: Justin Wheatley at 15th Street Gallery

Surviving Suburbia: Justin Wheatley at 15th Street Gallery

“It’s about suburbia,” says Justin Wheatley of his newest work, on view beginning this week at Salt Lake’s 15th Street Gallery. “Suburbia is loaded with kitsch, we’re all living in this kitschy world where we try to make things look nice or beautiful or wonderful, but in reality, a lot of the times, its fake. ...

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Larry Elsner

Larry Elsner

“As a sculptor, my concern is for form,” Larry Elsner wrote in 1977, “a maddening search for the unity of space and mass.” An Idaho native and longtime Utah State University professor, Elsner would always choose form over function, regardless of the medium in which he was working: bronze, clay, metal, stone, plaster, or wood....

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Abe McCowan at Saltgrass Printmakers

Abe McCowan at Saltgrass Printmakers

If the data that emerge from the surface detail of McCowan’s plants look familiar, that doesn’t mean they are meant to be translated, or must be in order to enjoy them. It’s enough that they draw the viewer’s imagination into the vegetable world. One onlooker commented that the roots of one plant, drawn in the...

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Church vs. State at UMOCA

Church vs. State at UMOCA

Utah is often spoken of as a cultural monolith, even a theocracy, where church and state are inexorably intertwined. While recent legislation reminds us of the enormous sway the hierarchy of the LDS church does exert over state politics, it should not be forgotten that there has also existed a dynamic tension between church and...

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Curtis Olson's Mandalas

Curtis Olson’s Mandalas

When you view Curtis Olson’s newest work, up this month at Park City’s JGO Gallery, you’re likely to sense something familiar: some of the pieces may remind you of the spirograph kits and t-shirt designs of your youth (if you are of a certain age), while in others you may recognize references to “sacred geometry”...

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Plein Air Pair: Antonin Passemard and Anastasia Dukhanina

Plein Air Pair: Antonin Passemard and Anastasia Dukhanina

Those who are under the impression that plein air painting is a practice of subject and technique exclusive to the western United States may experience a reality check this month upon visiting Slusser Gallery, where for the March Gallery Stroll the work of owner Mark Slusser will be featured along with those of plein air...

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Denis Phillips

Denis Phillips

Denis Phillips is every sort of artist: he flows comfortably between abstraction and realism, moves easily from the Renaissance of restoration work and making frames to the Space Age of creating his own computer-generated prints and synthesizer music.  “I like the change,” he once told me of his genre switches. “It keeps things from getting...

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