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Natasha Danae’s "For the Love of Tigers"

Natasha Danae’s “For the Love of Tigers”

Thanks to over a century of tireless efforts by heroic avant-garde artists and their supporters, no meaningful distinction exists today between contemporary artworks and the ordinary objects that surround them. Paintings cannot be distinguished from illustrations, sculptures from decor. Art galleries fill with redundant advocacy for already popular social and environmental causes, and the average...

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Making Life Out of Dust: Bev Magennis’ Alibi Creek

Making Life Out of Dust: Bev Magennis’ Alibi Creek

When Willa Cather wrote a female protagonist and gave an impression of male-ness to the hard, western landscape of her novel, O Pioneers, she probably wasn’t trying to do anything radical. She was writing what she knew. Though perhaps she also meant the book to be a deliberate misreading of the classic literary myth of...

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All Paragraphs in the Same Story: Susan Makov's Prints and Paintings at A Gallery

All Paragraphs in the Same Story: Susan Makov’s Prints and Paintings at A Gallery

After a game of cribbage and a glass or two of Cointreau, my grandfather was apt to rise and recite from “As You Like It”: And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it. Susan...

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Myles Howell: 35x35 Interview

Myles Howell: 35×35 Interview

He was doing the “typical watercolor, oil painting” stuff when he took a college course in stone carving and found the true medium for his art. Myles Howell talks about the discovery in this video interview recorded as part of Artists of Utah’s 35×35 exhibition. Artists of Utah’s 35×35 Finch Lane Gallery Salt Lake City...

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Lydia Gravis: 35x35 Interview

Lydia Gravis: 35×35 Interview

  The director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery on the campus of Weber State University, Lydia Gravis earned a BA in Painting and Drawing from Warren Wilson College and a MFA in interdisciplinary visual art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She’s represented in the 2016 installment of Artists of...

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Nancy Takacs' Red Voices

Nancy Takacs’ Red Voices

by Ed Bennett The myth of Echo as we know it appeared in Book III of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” She was a mountain nymph, part of a group with whom Zeus liked to dally. Whenever Zeus’ wife, the goddess Hera, attempted to find her husband during these interludes, she was distracted by Echo, who would engage...

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Gavin's Gamelan

Gavin’s Gamelan

If you haven’t attended 12 Minute Max at the City Library, it is a monthly showcase of works-in-progress by local artists. Artists of all disciplines including visual art, music, film, and dance present their process to an audience that gets a sneak peak at a project yet to be formalized. This Sunday, percussionist Gavin Ryan...

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Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee's “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee’s “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

If somehow the primal essences of cult horror movies, ‘80s arcade games, abandoned amusement parks, and pulp sci-fi magazines were smashed together, Elmer Presslee’s art might have been fused from the resulting debris. Although many elements feel familiar—callbacks to subcultures of the 1970s and 1980s—Presslee’s style is so distinct that the whole body of work...

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NOW-ID explores migration through movement and music in Exodus

NOW-ID explores migration through movement and music in Exodus

For its fourth show, NOW-ID presented the multi-collaborative performance Exodus to Salt Lake audiences July 27-29. While the company has previously opted for less conventional spaces—the Masonic Temple and Saltair are two examples—Exodus was presented at the University of Utah’s Marriott Center for Dance, and aimed to focus on the human need to migrate. NOW-ID,...

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Jeri Parker, Winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction

Jeri Parker, Winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction, Jeri Parker’s novel Unmoored, an “enthralling family saga” set in the area of the North Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. A Salt Lake City resident, Parker is the author of the memoir A Thousand Voices, nominated for...

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James Aton, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book

James Aton, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book, James Aton’s The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones, about the late southern Utah landscape painter. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, James Aton had a Catholic education – grade school through college. He received an MA in English...

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Nancy Takacs, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry

Nancy Takacs, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry, Nancy Takacs’ collection Blue Patina (Blue Begonia Press, 2015). A resident of Wellington, Utah, in Carbon County, Takacs is the author of three poetry chapbooks and two full-length books of poetry, Blue Patina and Preserves (City Art Press, 2004). In...

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Deseret Experimental Opera Company's Red Lake at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

Deseret Experimental Opera Company’s Red Lake at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

by Liz Ivkovich In Red Lake, presented by Deseret Experimental Opera Company as part of the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Producer/Librettist Luke Swenson, Composer/Performer Stuart Wheeler, and Choreographer/Director Emma Wilson created a post-modern marriage of music, poetry, and dance. Each creator wore multiple hats and multiple layers of costuming—the musicians were clad in brightly...

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Fresh Beginnings: Brad Beakes and Alex Bradshaw explore short-form dance programs in BRACE

Fresh Beginnings: Brad Beakes and Alex Bradshaw explore short-form dance programs in BRACE

Alex Bradshaw and Brad Beakes began by holding hands. They slowly but confidently adapted their grip. As their fingers looped and laced the two dancers created a visible and kinesthetic bond. As dancing separated them, the pull they created in that first moment worked like gravity, connecting the two throughout their collaborative duet, BRACE. For...

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Ne Plus Ultra: An interview with Arte Haus Collectif's Holly Addi

Ne Plus Ultra: An interview with Arte Haus Collectif’s Holly Addi

In Charlotte Boye-Christensen’s Ne Plus Ultra feature, the co-founder of NOW-ID highlights the creative talents of people in the local and international communities she collaborates with. In her most recent feature, she talked with Holly Addi, an artist in Salt Lake City as well as owner of Arte Haus Collectif, which hosts NOW-ID’s “meet the...

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