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Visual Arts
In Memoriam: Sarah Thompson

In Memoriam: Sarah Thompson

It is often only when someone passes that we come to realize the breadth of their influence, and so it was for us, when at a recent memorial service for our colleague and friend Sarah Thompson, we came to understand the variety of people whose lives she touched. From the comments by members of the...

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Josanne Glass: Comfortably Free

Josanne Glass: Comfortably Free

Like Glass herself, these abstract paintings are cohesive, and the structure allows the color to marry, and to give life and fruition to the other, to “spill over,” to complement, to create an abundance, where each element is a viscous unity of exciting yet controlled elements, alive and fecund. Ehren Clark talks with Josanne Glass...

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Brian Blackham

Brian Blackham

I’m practicing my golf stroke every day — showing you the significance of balance and placement and the way that objects look in light . . . I am trying to get better at presenting the thing that I find beautiful, and what I find beautiful is trying to re-create what already exists, and that’s...

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Installation in Salt Lake

Installation in Salt Lake

Throughout human history, would-be invaders have been absorbed by, and have disappeared among, those they sought to displace. Why shouldn’t the best ideas of modern and contemporary art invigorate Utah’s characteristically vigorous, usefully traditional voice? Geoff Wichert explores installation in the local scene in the August 2014 edition of 15 Bytes.

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The Double World: A Survey of Spiral Jetty's Stewardship

The Double World: A Survey of Spiral Jetty’s Stewardship

Spiral Jetty is surrounded by the variegated topography of the Great Basin and by equally varied land ownership. Immobile in the natural environment, no material markers delineate property lines for the 10 acres of leased land where Spiral Jetty resides. A “double world” (Smithson 1972: 229) exists of earthwork and those who provide its stewardship....

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Anne Albaugh at 15th Street Gallery

Anne Albaugh at 15th Street Gallery

We can arrive at a colloquial but genuine understanding of the sublime in its original Burkean context as we look and see the work of artist Anne Albaugh, currently on display at 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City. That sublime is generated by the artist’s passion, intense sensibility to her subject, her process, and...

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Domestic Interiors: Mary Sauer & The Pressure of Perfection, in the Gittins Gallery at the U of U

Domestic Interiors: Mary Sauer & The Pressure of Perfection, in the Gittins Gallery at the U of U

‘If love is a story we tell ourselves then I had the story wrong. Or maybe passion is just, and always, a wrong-headed thing.’ — Anne Enright Either it’s becoming increasingly evident as we learn more about our species, or at least it’s become part of the myth of our time, that the things we...

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2014 15 Bytes Book Awards

2014 15 Bytes Book Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2014 15 Bytes Book Awards. The 15 Bytes Book Awards, currently in its second year, celebrates exceptional books of poetry, fiction and visual art published in the previous calendar year based on each book’s quality/craftsmanship of writing, level of engagement and how it uniquely represents the state of Utah...

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Karen Horne: Night and Day

Karen Horne: Night and Day

 In his 1863 essay “The Painter of Modern Life,” Charles Baudelaire stated that ‘modernity’ required, “above all a man of the world to fulfill. He has every-where sought after the fugitive, fleeting beauty of present-day life, the distinguishing character of that quality which, with the reader’s kind permission, we have called ‘modernity’. Often weird, violent...

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Bikuben at UMOCA

Bikuben at UMOCA

For her inaugural project as associate curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Rebecca Maksym envisioned an exhibition that sheds light on a nationality of immigrants not commonly referenced in American migrational history. Rather than a strictly historical chronology, Maksym preferred to think about migration in conceptual and aesthetic terms. As such, Bikuben,...

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Jared Lindsay Clark and Makia Sharp at CUAC

Jared Lindsay Clark and Makia Sharp at CUAC

 The nature of perception, the artist’s vision and viewer responsiveness is a topic that concerns all of art, in every facet, from every place and time, from every artist, and from every viewer.  From a visitor to a gallery or museum in Salt Lake City to a pedestrian standing in front of a public sculpture...

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Brenda Mallory at Julie Nester

Brenda Mallory at Julie Nester

. . . Mallory’s preferred materials are handmade papers, cloth, wax, fiber, strings, and ink, with which she produces lines and surfaces for them to articulate. Her most characteristic objects are clusters of vessels that aggregate ambiguously on a wall—part natural populations, part fabricated clusters. In much of her earlier work, these often evoked winged...

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