A feeling of almost baronial formality falls over you as you approach paintings by Heather Barron, a feeling you should straighten your clothes as you approach framed mirrors. Petits fours, anyone? In America, petits fours are received as a gift in a long, very shallow box: they’re a […]
The works in Vertical Obedience, Nolan Flynn’s upcoming exhibition at Finch Lane Gallery, bring together two ends along the timeline of contemporary abstraction, mixing Jason Craighead’s ephemeral mark making and exposed canvas with the subconscious notes scribbled within the compositions of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings. In Flynn’s raw […]
“The strange and disconnected are the stuff of my creations.” – Marcee Blackerby Like Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, Salt Lake City author and artist Marcee Blackerby, born in Castle Dale 75 years ago, followed her star and left this planet around 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2019. […]
“In Sanpete County, as in other rural towns, you have to build the community you want to be a part of,” says artist Amy Jorgensen. Build she has.
Since 2005, Jorgensen has worked as an associate professor of visual arts, and photography area head, at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, transforming the department from one with a strong focus in process to one informed by conceptual art practices. During her tenure there, she has founded the Art Talks series, established two permanent student galleries, and developed the now thriving photography and media program from the ground up.
Utah women artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were formidable: they traveled the world, led art movements and artist societies, and advocated for the importance of artmaking and collecting to a broader Utah public. These women were not wallflowers. They were actively engaged in creating community, meaning and transformation through the visual arts.
Is it possible to make sense of a large, statewide exhibition constructed on little more than common mediums and the tastes of one or two jurors? Possibly, but it’s not easy; or always advisable. So, for the Utah Division of Arts and Museum’s 2019 statewide annual at the […]
Attempts to gentrify south Provo have been quietly underway for decades. The area around 500 South just west of University Avenue is one of the few industrial areas from the early 20th century in Provo, and developers have recently started to capitalize on the industrial aesthetic fetish, turning […]
With Temporary Configurations of Earth’s Matter, Collin Bradford has organized a space to contemplate our relationship with the land. This question is a difficult one, in part, because the relationship we have with the land is as unique as each individual; but the questions that arise from it are particularly germane […]
It’s a situation that will ring true for many of the artists who make their living as arts professionals: “I spend a lot of time helping other artists show their work and have opportunities, and I love my job,” says Lydia Gravis, director of Weber State University’s Mary […]
On Saturday, Nov. 23, a small group formed in a Salt Lake City backyard filled with chairs and an outdoor heater. After socializing and viewing an art exhibition in the backyard’s small gallery/shed, the group listened to a 20-minute lecture by artist Patrick Durka before time was opened […]
Going out into the big world: that’s Sam Walker’s paintings in this exhibit called SOIL SAND SURFACE. Danielle Susi, the fiber artist whose work appears like crafted landmasses between Walker’s large paintings, tells us with her embroideries that all our life continues due to continents, continents which hold […]
If it weren’t for art galleries, Shon Taylor might never have met his wife. It was Kayo Gallery, 13 years ago. “Wouldn’t have happened if that gallery didn’t exist,” he says. “Wouldn’t have happened if we all just sat at home and clicked ‘like’ on Instagram.” The social […]