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Visual Arts
Korean Vision in Ogden

Korean Vision in Ogden

Hyunsung Cho did something artists have traditionally been expected to do: he saw something on the street—it happened to be a mailbox—thought of his parents, then went home and made a work of art about it. Because Cho works in glass, he was able to create a luminous bubble, fragile as thought, that mimics the...

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Form: The "Tie" That Binds: Utah Ties at CUAC

Form: The “Tie” That Binds: Utah Ties at CUAC

In a January 2014 article Catherine Craft reassessed a 1970 Whitney Museum exhibition by African American artist Melvin Edwards asserting, “A reconsideration of Edward’s exhibition reveals its seminal place in art of the period as both an incisive response to the most radical forms of sculpture and installation and as an uncommonly nuanced articulation of...

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Logan Madsen: Artist Profile

Logan Madsen: Artist Profile

In 2006 Salt Lake artist Logan Madsen had his first solo exhibit, a series of floral paintings, at Art Access Gallery. He returns to the gallery this month with another solo exhibit, a series of paintings of a much more personal nature. Madsen, along with his sister Heather, have an incredibly rare disease known as...

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Plural & Partial @ Rio Gallery

Plural & Partial @ Rio Gallery

In Plural & Partial, curator Laura Hurtado has focused seven artists on a reading from Salman Rushdie: that as individuals we find ourselves incomplete, but we can ease this predicament by connecting to past selves, or we can look to the promise of the future, unknowable in detail but exercising broad influence on our present...

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Susan Kirby at Williams Fine Art

Susan Kirby at Williams Fine Art

 Susan Kirby became an artist not by any decision but by a realization, an epiphany. She was 19, in Paris for a two-year study program, practicing a self-taught style she felt insecure about. A detached artist leads to complacency and the artist needs validation and Kirby realized hers in a grand manner in Paris.  Nothing...

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Modern West Fine Art

Modern West Fine Art

Diane Stewart and Donna Poulton sustain that Utah’s history is a rich palette by which to draw multiple artistic perspectives. By in large, Utah is excluded from the various hubs of Western art in the surrounding states of New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. As such, Mountain West Fine Art attempts to include Utah within this...

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Laura Hurtado

Laura Hurtado

Laura Hurtado, who curated the Plural and Partial show at the Rio this month, says she might throw into the mix a work of her own: a performance piece. The exhibit is about intergenerational relationships, so it seems appropriate that Hurtado is due to give birth to her third child some time during the exhibition;...

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Cary Griffiths' Black Paintings

Cary Griffiths’ Black Paintings

Vulnerability will be on tap when the Art at the Main exhibits Cary Griffiths’ new show April 14th – May 10th, with an artist’s reception April 18th 6-9pm. While Griffiths is well known for dissonant mood work (read: expressionist abstract), Light in a Dark Place is a risk for him. “I’ve never told people about...

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Draw Till You Drop: Kristina Lenzi and Gretchen Reynolds

Draw Till You Drop: Kristina Lenzi and Gretchen Reynolds

Several features can characterize works of Performance Art. One is duration. Performance artists often (not always) push the boundaries of their audience’s patience, creating a corner in time that proceeds according to the work’s inner tempo. The artist’s stamina can also be pushed – to exhaustion. Another feature that can so easily accompany works of...

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Urban Faces: Jimmi Toro at Urban Arts

Urban Faces: Jimmi Toro at Urban Arts

If you haven’t figured out what “urban art” is, or thought it was just skateboards, skulls, and graffiti, please see the Jimmi Toro exhibition at the Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake City’s Gateway Mall. It may dramatically elevate your earlier perceptions. Toro, winner of the top award in last year’s Park City Arts Festival,...

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Robert Smithson’s Sculpture in Context at UMFA

Robert Smithson’s Sculpture in Context at UMFA

by Hikmet Sidney Loe On March 18th, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) unveiled a work by American artist RobertSmithson (1938-1973), on loan from Dia Art Foundation. The regional partnerships Dia formed in early 2012 with UMFA and Westminster College’s Great Salt Lake Institute regarding Smithson’s monumental earthwork Spiral Jetty finds its first publicly-seen collaborative venture in the loan of Smithson’s sculpture “Leaning Mirror “(1969). The opportunity to engage...

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Starting from Scratch: Mark by Mark at Alice Gallery

Starting from Scratch: Mark by Mark at Alice Gallery

  To non-specialists, the timeline of art history is marked by long periods when nothing happens, punctuated by sudden expansion. About half a million years ago, our part-ape, part-human ancestors noticed that certain things—rocks, branches, bits of bone—resembled other things, like faces or the bodies of animals, and took to carrying them around as personal...

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