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The enduring power of art:  Katie Marie Liechty at BYU

The enduring power of art: Katie Marie Liechty at BYU

On July 16, in the Harris Fine Arts Building, a traditional showcase for BYU student projects, senior Katie Marie Liechty installed what might have been intended to be three separate ensembles, although the complete installation also works well as one compound work. Given the subject matter of this innovative triptych of installations, she surely must...

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NOWHERE at Libby Gardner Concert Hall

NOWHERE at Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Before collaborative was compelling marketing it was embedded in the making of concert dance. In the ’30s Martha Graham worked with Isamu Noguchi on Frontier and he went on to design the seat for Appalachian Spring. Merce Cunningham, who performed as “the Revivalist” in that work, went on to have collaborations from Andy Warhol’s pillows in RainForest to scores by...

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Russell Wrankle

Russell Wrankle

I like to use animals to make a visual narrative of the human condition—the way that Aesop’s Fables did, to explore human personalities and types,” Russell Wrankle says. “So all my work is about the human condition, primarily using the animal as a starting point in that conversation. They have a lot to say. Step...

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You Are Here: Svavar Jonatansson and Jared Steffensen's Takes on Place at the Kimball Art Center

You Are Here: Svavar Jonatansson and Jared Steffensen’s Takes on Place at the Kimball Art Center

We’ve all been guilty of it — visiting an exotic locale, taking a few shots of its iconic attractions, and feeling like we’ve captured the essence of the place. If we’re alert, we come home and realize that everyone else has a shot of Venice’s gondolas from St. Mark’s Square, or the winding streets of...

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Patricia Johanson's Monumental Public Art

Patricia Johanson’s Monumental Public Art

Public art matters.  That is the takeaway message from viewing Patricia Johanson’s monumental public artwork in Sugar House, Salt Lake City. It matters, and in the hands of a seasoned and passionate artist, it matters deeply and is successfully translated to the public. Johanson’s environmental work —with the Echo Canyon portion completed this June—not only...

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Eliding the Hypen: Nichloas Galanin’s video series at BYU examines cultural hybridity

Eliding the Hypen: Nichloas Galanin’s video series at BYU examines cultural hybridity

Our country is increasingly becoming a place of hyphenated identities, in which we speak of ourselves in relation to the countries or continents our ancestors came from — African-American, Italian-American, Korean-American. This increased focus on cultural and ethnic identity is double-edged: the hyphen acts as both a bond, recognizing and respecting our individual cultural traditions,...

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Sean Morello’s Constellations & Supersymmetries at UMOCA

Sean Morello’s Constellations & Supersymmetries at UMOCA

Successive movements in art don’t make what follows necessary; what they do is make it possible: liberating subject matter from representation, a goal of Modernism that took decades, for example, made abstraction acceptable to the public. In his current exhibition of collages at UMOCA, Sean Morello, an artist exquisitely alert to this history, celebrates the...

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The Minutiae of Death: Jared Christensen's Strange Environments at Sweet Branch Library

The Minutiae of Death: Jared Christensen’s Strange Environments at Sweet Branch Library

It’s hard to predict what thoughts and experiences will affect an artist’s work, but major life changes — birth, death, marriage, divorce — almost always surface in the work of creative individuals, whether explicitly or implicitly. One such example can be found this month at the Sweet Branch Library in Salt Lake City, where Jared...

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Montello Foundation Residencies

Montello Foundation Residencies

Minimizing one’s impact on the land is always the dilemma (“any human footprint is a footprint”), yet the foundation’s idea is to go outward from that space. Artists can raise awareness of the environment, and determine how their awareness can be translated into something that can be understood: “As an artist you can protect that...

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Jann Haworth at Modern West Fine Art

Jann Haworth at Modern West Fine Art

The gallery titles this show Round Trip, a reference to life’s having taken Haworth from western America to Britain and back. Aside from the two bracelets and “Jewels and Ring,” a freestanding set of fabric jewels, Haworth, if she chose to follow Cindy Sherman’s example, might well call most of the works “film stills.” ...

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Remembering the Basic Five: How to Avoid the Cartoon Look in Your Paintings

Remembering the Basic Five: How to Avoid the Cartoon Look in Your Paintings

Today’s column is on a subject that I encountered years ago and was recently reminded of — avoiding the cartoon look in a painting. This may seem like a weird thing to write about, but it is a look I happened upon once or twice out in the field as a young painter, and I...

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Ring the Bell Until It Cracks: Scott Tsuchitani’s Internment in the Street Gallery at UMOCA

Ring the Bell Until It Cracks: Scott Tsuchitani’s Internment in the Street Gallery at UMOCA

Perhaps the most important question that should be asked of any new work of art is this: So What? A work can do all sorts of things, some of them even unprecedented, but unless doing so serves a purpose, the accomplishment may be no more than a stunt. So what if it brings together elements...

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