Valentine’s Day seems to find its way into all fields of interest throughout the month of February: the themes of love and relationships, with their symbols of bright red and pink hearts and flowers, decorate homes, stores, and offices, in celebration of the season. Becoming a part of […]
Exchange Place Mural February 2018. A series of buildings on the northeast corner of Exchange Place and State Street, including the home of The Heavy Metal Shop, has served as one of the city’s biggest street murals for over a decade. The mural has more or less been in […]
Brian Kershisnik is one of Utah’s best-loved and most-respected artists, and his paintings, whether mural size or off the easel, are in private and public collections from Logan to St. George. He was given the Governor’s Mansion Award in 2010, was selected in 2014 as one of the […]
In Plain SiteWith our In Plain Site byline we feature publicly viewable art, both official and street art, throughout the state of Utah.
How Far Into the Tunnel Are You Willing to Shine Your Flashlight: Earl Gravy and Homebodies Away Teams at UMOCA
As someone who studies and writes about Contemporary art, I have often pointed out its tendency to be overly specific. There’s a real difference between Theodore Gericault’s “Raft of the Medusa” (1819), protesting a single event that scandalized Europe, and a porcelain figure of Michael Jackson by Jeff […]
Since 2015, Rock Canyon Poets in Provo has proven to be a community hub for poets to “promote the disciplined study of writing poetry as a serious art form.” With a little more than 50 members born out of a group of close friends from Utah Valley University’s […]
Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building. The fountain was designed by Angelo Caravaglia, who was known for his figurative work in various levels of abstraction. In Plain SiteWith our In Plain Site byline we feature publicly viewable art, both official and street art, throughout the state of Utah.
“Farmington Winter” (1924) by LeConte Stewart sold for $126,000. By unanimous vote, the Logan City School District Board of Education finalized the sale of 10 paintings in the district’s collection purchased with the milk money of elementary students in the 1930s that became worth a good deal: in […]
Because things went bad in China, Utah gets Luminaria. Brainchild of David Hyams and Christine Baczek, the state’s first alternative photography studio opened in Salt Lake City in February, after what one could call research and development work in mainland China. “We are a one-stop shop for all […]
Lydia Gravis, an artist who lives and works in Ogden, where she’s gallery director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, earned her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston. The artist she loves, Julie Mehretu, a native of Ethiopia, […]
It’s difficult to fathom a photographer naming an abstract artist as a major influence. O’Keeffe and her desert flowers, maybe, but Rauschenberg and his mixed-media “Combines”? Really? “My dad is an artist and printmaker,” explains Simon Blundell,” and we’ve always had Rauschenberg’s books around the house.” His father, […]
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .” So Charles Dickens characterized the French Revolution in A Tale of Two Cities. So we may pray writers in the future will reflect on our plight today. In any event, it certainly can be […]