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"Stillness,” a debut exhibition: Mary Sauer at Anthony’s Contemporary

“Stillness,” a debut exhibition: Mary Sauer at Anthony’s Contemporary

Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—the film critic Stuart Klawans told me I was “the sort of viewer who is as interested in the film outside the film” as I am in what happens in it. It wasn’t a compliment; more an acknowledgment of temptation. Yet I believe the same urge bedevils all the...

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An Artist's City: T.K. Stephens' Greater Salt Lake at Sprague Library

An Artist’s City: T.K. Stephens’ Greater Salt Lake at Sprague Library

Wending your way through the basement corridors of Sprague Branch Library in Sugar House, you’ll eventually come across a group of 20 artworks by Terence K. Stephens. (I’ve never had to actually hunt through a building for an exhibit before, but thought this one worth the effort.) Titled Greater Salt Lake, the show primarily is...

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This is Getting Serious: Zaq Landsberg's Zaqistan and the Age of Irony

This is Getting Serious: Zaq Landsberg’s Zaqistan and the Age of Irony

I can’t tell if Zaq Landsberg is simply having a good bit of fun or actually taking himself seriously. Landsberg is the founder of an art project in Utah’s west desert called Zaqistan, which consists of two rather inaccessible acres of scrubland that has been given the meta-contextual properties of a sovereign nation—there’s a flag,...

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Sarah May: 35x35 Interview

Sarah May: 35×35 Interview

Sarah May’s “Glances” feature text and images based on a narrative of split realities. Check it out at: Artists of Utah’s 35×35 Finch Lane Gallery Salt Lake City August 12 – September 23, 2016

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The Gospel According to Ralphael

The Gospel According to Ralphael

For nearly 50 years, Ralphael Plescia has been making religious art to explore the story of creation in his private museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. His project has one overriding vision: to tell the story of Biblical creation in the right way by restoring characters and tales lost to history. The sculptures and paintings...

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Nancy Green's Cold Wax Craze

Nancy Green’s Cold Wax Craze

Cold wax painting involves mixing the medium —whipped wax and mineral spirits—with tube oil paint, using a stiff gessoed surface onto which many layers are applied. The mixture stiffens, gets tacky, which is a wonderful way to create three-dimensional texture, and allows one to remove parts of layers to expose what is underneath. The mixture...

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Watching Another: Notes on a Place and a Moment in Artists of Utah's 35x35

Watching Another: Notes on a Place and a Moment in Artists of Utah’s 35×35

by Tabitha Nikolai Thanks to comments sections, opinions on art are less than a dime for more than a dozen. In spite of this glut on the market, Artists of Utah board member Stefanie Dykes asked me to share mine on the occasion of their latest incarnation of 35 x 35, Utah’s triennial+ of young local...

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Live and In-Person: Performance Art Fest returns to the Salt Lake City Library

Live and In-Person: Performance Art Fest returns to the Salt Lake City Library

The Fourth Annual Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival is coming to the Main Salt Lake City Library on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1. Get ready to be amazed, delighted, enlightened or, perhaps, confused. To be forewarned is to be somewhat prepared, though the totally unscripted and unrehearsed performances may change slightly depending...

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Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki's Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki’s Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

In his new exhibit, Ryoichi Suzuki’s carved, flowing forms of wood and stone punctuate two rooms in Salt Lake City’s A Gallery. In each sculpture on display, Suzuki uses different types of stone or wood to produce elongated and graceful organic forms. A native of Japan, Suzuki’s subjects hark back to shapes found in Japanese...

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Cultural Revival in the Ghost Town of Silver Reef

Cultural Revival in the Ghost Town of Silver Reef

September 23-25, the Silver Reef Museum of Leeds, Utah, will host an all-media exhibit by the Southern Utah Watercolor Society, as part of a recent commitment to host a cultural arts event every 4th weekend of the month. Accompanied by a historical lecture September 24th titled Women of the Silver Reef, the show also kicks...

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Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

Andrew Rice’s new works, on exhibit at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Projects Gallery, are filled with dark masses, scrubbed in black oil sticks, covering a rainbow of hues that struggle to emerge through the darkened planes. They define abstracted interior spaces, corners of large rooms, two-sometimes-three-stories high, with simple, cutout spaces suggesting doorways...

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Ogden First's PLATFORMS hopes to launch art intervention

Ogden First’s PLATFORMS hopes to launch art intervention

It took bold vision to turn Ogden’s notorious “Two Bit Street” from a dark, dangerous place to the vibrant center of arts, retail, dining and entertainment it is today. That same kind of vision now has its sights set on the area between there and the Eccles Art Center. Ogden planners, including Ogden City Arts...

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Lines Straight and Curved: DemoGraphics at Rio Gallery Weaves Together Visual Vocabularies

Lines Straight and Curved: DemoGraphics at Rio Gallery Weaves Together Visual Vocabularies

DemoGraphics, the Rio Gallery’s recent group exhibition, was a showcase of seven regional artists brought together through themes of visual language and communication. According to the gallery: “The exhibition explores communication with a personal, visual language, asking the viewer to let the artwork be heard. The viewer is invited to engage visually, withholding a verbal...

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Andy Nasisse Badlands: Ceramics and Photo Manipulations at SUMA

Andy Nasisse Badlands: Ceramics and Photo Manipulations at SUMA

Badlands. The word itself evokes images of dry, barren deserts.  A place where crops wither in the heat, and sculptured sandstone flows from one end of sight to the other.  An inhospitable landscape, with towers of rock balancing precariously, holes carved through them by wind and weather. A place where Andy Nasisse, studio artist and...

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Art, Post-Art and Non-Art at UMOCA this Autumn

Art, Post-Art and Non-Art at UMOCA this Autumn

The dire predicament of fine art right now is the proverbial animal in the room that no one wants to acknowledge; it’s as if an author died between books and the publisher hired someone to continue writing under the same name, all the while keeping it a secret so as not to hurt sales. Important...

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