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Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O'Connell

Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O’Connell

John O’Connell’s new work fascinates on several levels: they are abstracted 3-D compositions with spare painted portions that beg for lots of time to absorb. Mark-making and writing are there but mostly obscured beyond recognition; inexplicable cuts are evident in the surfaces of the structures, some modular sections are almost sled-like in construction, others squared...

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From the Eyes of a Child: Brian McCarty's WAR-TOYS at the Woodbury Museum of Art

From the Eyes of a Child: Brian McCarty’s WAR-TOYS at the Woodbury Museum of Art

No one is as greatly affected by the violence of war as children. The most vulnerable population, children absorb the physical, emotional and psychological traumas of war in unique ways. Brian McCarty’s exhibit WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip, at the Woodbury Art Museum through March 16th, approaches this phenomenon from its own unique...

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Avant Raw: Christian Asplund creates a home for experimental music in Provo

Avant Raw: Christian Asplund creates a home for experimental music in Provo

“When I was a student, the feeling was composers were super nerdy, academic, and kind of out of it,” says Christian Asplund. “Composers were the pocket protector guys.”  Asplund didn’t see himself in that vein, but he knew he wanted to write and perform music since grade school. Growing up in Kingston, Ontario, Asplund learned...

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UMOCA's "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be" takes a look at the present we never imagined

UMOCA’s “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be” takes a look at the present we never imagined

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . .” So Charles Dickens celebrated an era that has resonated far too often with human history, but perhaps never more so than it does with the Americas today. In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens captured a revolutionary era at the...

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Miraculous Knots: Nancy Takacs' new volume of poetry is full of startling imagery and delicate revelations

Miraculous Knots: Nancy Takacs’ new volume of poetry is full of startling imagery and delicate revelations

reviewed by Richard Hedderman   If for a moment you imagine language as a length of rope, a poem forms when you start tying knots in the rope and pulling them tight, snugging them and squeezing all the air out. The poet may then submit to the reader that his imagination run over the knots...

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Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting's Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting’s Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Our attention was riveted first by the election. Then, the transition. And now by the new administration. Political engagement in America seems to be surging, with people from both sides of the political spectrum taking to the streets. One wonders, though, if that energy will be turned into more civic and social engagement as well....

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String Theory: Steve Smock turns to his engineering skills for a new body of large-scale paintings at JGO Gallery

String Theory: Steve Smock turns to his engineering skills for a new body of large-scale paintings at JGO Gallery

Originally from a small Midwest town in rural Indiana, Steve Smock moved to Utah for its alluring outdoor adventure and rugged nearby mountains. An avid biker, Smock found a home in Salt Lake City’s cycling scene as a bike technician in various shops around the city. So when Smock, who had always been skilled in...

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Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman's stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman’s stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Long ago relegated to the domestic sphere, embroidery is often seen as a decidedly feminine form of labor. Which is why, taking a renewed interest in practices such as textile work and ceramics, feminist art sought to question society’s often demeaning classifications of such mediums as ”women’s work.“ Salt Lake City artist Erin Coleman has...

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Analytical Aesthetics: Jylian Gustlin’s Entropy brings a good dose of STEM to Gallery MAR

Analytical Aesthetics: Jylian Gustlin’s Entropy brings a good dose of STEM to Gallery MAR

The complexity and depth of Jylian Gustlin’s paintings are the true intersection of science and art. Entropy, the Bay Area painter’s current exhibition at Gallery Mar in Park City, is a vision of calculated beauty that results from infusing technology, mathematical theory and creative expression into a body of work exemplary of the artist’s personal...

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The sea-change of Howard Brough:  New Works at Finch Lane

The sea-change of Howard Brough: New Works at Finch Lane

Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange   In a now-legendary time, Howard Brough carried primary responsibility for the splendid, if spatially challenging gallery on the fourth floor of the City Library. During those years of service he must have dreamed, like so many creative industry...

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The Poetic Finesse of Katharine Coles’ Flight

The Poetic Finesse of Katharine Coles’ Flight

Katharine Coles’ writing style is pared-down and precise. The former Utah Poet Laureate (2006-2012) often uses punctuation in order to minimize verbiage, and favors “erasures” to create new poems by eliminating words from an existing text. The effect can seem a bit chilly, though it set the perfect tone for her marvelous The Earth is...

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Lay of the Land:  A Profile of Wayne Geary

Lay of the Land: A Profile of Wayne Geary

Wayne Geary is a big fan of Salt Lake City’s Main Library. He’s a frequent patron, and holds a Friends’ annual membership, which has allowed him to buy hundreds of CDs from the bi-annual library sales a day before most everyone else can. ”That’s when you get the really good stuff,” he says. A year...

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John Sproul's Body to Body exhibit brings inexhaustible pleasure to Finch Lane Gallery

John Sproul’s Body to Body exhibit brings inexhaustible pleasure to Finch Lane Gallery

... one of his accomplishments here is to replace the accidental character of those indelible images with a way of reproducing their effects: one he can control and even direct like a flashlight into certain dark areas that tantalized his awareness when he first began to make art,

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A Refreshing Inversion: Lane Twitchell returns to Utah with "eye-popping aides for critical reflection"

A Refreshing Inversion: Lane Twitchell returns to Utah with “eye-popping aides for critical reflection”

Not all inversions are unhealthy or unpleasant. Some are downright intriguing, colorful, and refreshing. Case in point is Lane Twitchell’s artistic Inversion, a fascinating exhibit currently on display in downtown Provo until the end of January. . .

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A Visual Testimony: Neglected during her lifetime, Minerva Teichert's illustrations for the Book of Mormon find a warm embrace from a new generation

A Visual Testimony: Neglected during her lifetime, Minerva Teichert’s illustrations for the Book of Mormon find a warm embrace from a new generation

In A Visual Testimony: Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon Paintings, Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art brings these paintings together — with a handful of related works — in an exhibit that celebrates the Mormon modernist’s vibrant talent and begs the question: why did it take so long for these works to become part...

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