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Artist Profile: Darryl Erdmann

Artist Profile: Darryl Erdmann

“I would much rather be drawing at my work bench and conceptually doing artwork and listening to music than probably anything on the planet,” says Darryl Erdmann, former drummer, sign-painter, furniture salesman, gallery owner. Above all, though, he is an artist, one with a full belt of tools to accomplish whatever visual concept presents itself....

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InCiteful Clay at the Woodbury Art Museums

InCiteful Clay at the Woodbury Art Museums

Probably the oldest known artistic medium, clay sculptures survive in European caves alongside painted animals and mysteriously carved bits of bone and stone. At the same time, as our contemporary artists demonstrate, clay can be as new as any other medium. Its plastic versatility allows it, in sufficiently creative or knowledgable hands, to mimic—or at...

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Matthew Allred: Clinamen at UMOCA

Matthew Allred: Clinamen at UMOCA

. . . Allred’s fascination with the elemental basics of photography has led him to an expansive exploration of time, space and understanding. The tools of his trade allow him to explore universal ideas, to bring the expansive nature of the universe into the four walls of a gallery or museum. These ideas are powerful...

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In Memoriam: Edie Roberson

In Memoriam: Edie Roberson

In “Tip Top Tours” a vintage bus spurts smoke out of its exhaust as it climbs a hill outside what looks like Capitol Reef. Inside, a host of characters including Mona Lisa and Felix the Cat stretch their heads out the windows, wave flags and snap photographs. It’s a party van, the kind Edie Roberson...

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Lindsay Frei: Borders of Beauty

Lindsay Frei: Borders of Beauty

“I don’t think I’ve come to a resolve,” says Frei about this recent work, and her ongoing exploration of beauty. “But I think I am more comfortable with the idea that I don’t have to be resolved, and that it’s an ambiguous thing.  For a long time I just wanted answers, and that’s not how...

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The Blisses and Black Mountain College

The Blisses and Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design is a comprehensive and comprehensible traveling exhibition about the revolutionary experimental  liberal arts college (1933-57) that continues to be influential in education and the visual, performing and literary arts even though it closed 57 years ago. This absorbing show includes ceramics, textiles, furniture, sculpture, paintings, printed material and...

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Poor Yorick Studios

Poor Yorick Studios

Every six months thousands of art lovers fill the halls and studios of South Salt Lake’s Poor Yorick Studios. During the Spring and Fall Equinox Open Studio events there are so many bodies and so much art, you might never actually notice the space that houses the event. Poor Yorick is separated into four wings,...

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Changing Dance Seasons

Changing Dance Seasons

Salt Lake’s summer dance landscape is slowly shifting; rather than most locals going off contract and skipping town, many community dance artists go “off contract” from full-time teaching positions and use the summer as a space for premiering new work or exploring new contexts for choreography. It’s hardly a new phenomenon with Salt Lake taking...

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An Effect That Exceeds Its Causes: Brian Komei Dempster’s Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in poetry

An Effect That Exceeds Its Causes: Brian Komei Dempster’s Topaz, winner of the 2014 15 Bytes Book Award in poetry

reviewed by Aaron Cance I was just over half way through reading Brian Komei Dempster’s debut collection of poetry, Topaz, when I recalled a recently read philosophical contention by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek in which he posits that an event (in this case the internment of over a hundred thousand Japanese-Americans in the American...

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The Great Waldo Kidd: an American Contemporary Realist Painter at Charley Hafen

The Great Waldo Kidd: an American Contemporary Realist Painter at Charley Hafen

  Let’s perhaps take a minute to review how far we’ve come. Late in the twentieth century, a consensus arose that Modernism was dying, if not already dead. This is not as sad as it sounds: the first artist to be called modern was Dante, and he’s also dead. The first modern art movement was...

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In Memoriam: Sarah Thompson

In Memoriam: Sarah Thompson

It is often only when someone passes that we come to realize the breadth of their influence, and so it was for us, when at a recent memorial service for our colleague and friend Sarah Thompson, we came to understand the variety of people whose lives she touched. From the comments by members of the...

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Josanne Glass: Comfortably Free

Josanne Glass: Comfortably Free

Like Glass herself, these abstract paintings are cohesive, and the structure allows the color to marry, and to give life and fruition to the other, to “spill over,” to complement, to create an abundance, where each element is a viscous unity of exciting yet controlled elements, alive and fecund. Ehren Clark talks with Josanne Glass...

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