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Artist Profiles
Brian Snapp

Brian Snapp

Like one of his pieces at Finch Lane, the world is twisted, says Brian Snapp.  “Everything is twisted. It’s so layered and so twisted and so convoluted and it’s so hard to unpack what is going on in the world and how the hell we got here.” But with Snapp, what it all comes down...

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Tom Judd

Tom Judd

“Go West, young man” was the catchphrase for generations of young Americans, urged to throw themselves into the rush of America’s Manifest Destiny. A century later, Tom Judd decided to go East, but the myth of the West was never left far behind, and this month the Salt Lake City “expatriate” brings to Modern West...

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Blending Conversations: The Life and Art of Jody Plant

Blending Conversations: The Life and Art of Jody Plant

“I had always been a kind of kitchen-table artist,” says Jody Plant in her Salt Lake City studio, where she’s surrounded by a sprawling mass of assemblage sculptures, stacks of old books, tree limbs, shells and rocks. Far too much material for a kitchen table. In her former home in the Avenues, Plant worked small...

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Hyunmee Lee: Gesture and the Flow

Hyunmee Lee: Gesture and the Flow

At her most recent exhibition at Salt Lake City’s Phillips Gallery, Korean-born artist Hyunmee Lee unveiled a new body of work: paintings marked by large floating objects in bright colors, and ceramics and works on paper distinguished by her use of gestural black strokes. The paintings are now on exhibit at the Weber County Library’s...

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Intersections: The Life and Art of Jim Jacobs

Intersections: The Life and Art of Jim Jacobs

“It feels kind of like I’m just out of graduate school and I can finally work in the studio,” says Ogden artist Jim Jacobs, who is enjoying his first year of retirement after three decades as professor of art at Weber State University. Down a one-way alley off Ogden’s 24th Street, in a salmon-colored building...

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For What It's Worth: The Life and Art of Tony Smith

For What It’s Worth: The Life and Art of Tony Smith

He’d rather show his work at Smith’s grocery store on the Avenues – galleries don’t agree much with Frank Anthony Smith anymore. But you can see his latest drawing, “The Big Tiny,” in a show opening January 16 in The Gallery at Library Square. He told me last year during a studio visit that the...

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’Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.’ Larry Revoir’s vocabulary of annihilation comes to Finch Lane

’Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.’ Larry Revoir’s vocabulary of annihilation comes to Finch Lane

Today’s artists come of age in a thicket of appropriation, whether it’s the quotation of a famous artwork, like Marcel Duchamp’s drawing a mustache on a postcard of Mona Lisa, or pop music made from sampled, previous hit songs. So it came as no surprise when, in April of 2014, the familiar profile of a...

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In-Flux: The Art of Lindsay Frei

In-Flux: The Art of Lindsay Frei

Shocking. Profane. Beautiful. Inspiring. These are but a few of the vast and diverse adjectives used to describe contemporary art. As a figural painter and photographer, Lindsay Frei has intentionally blurred the boundaries of such classifications, creating work that is both skillful and intelligent. An undeniable talent marks Frei’s work, evident in the technical rendering...

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Extracting the Subject: A Profile of Josh Winegar

Extracting the Subject: A Profile of Josh Winegar

photos by Emily Call We’ve been talking for about an hour and are about to leave Josh Winegar’s office to head downstairs when he says, sort of offhand, “So, actually, my office is a camera, too.” There is a lens I notice, then, in the window of his office, and the rest of the window...

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Mysterious Purpose: The Life and Art of Susan Harris

Mysterious Purpose: The Life and Art of Susan Harris

It’s a common trope, the artist who tells you they began their career at an early age, attracting the accolade of adults when they were still preschoolers, or executing their first masterpiece on the dining room wall, to the—slightly proud—dismay of their parents. There was no such beginning for Susan Harris, professor of ceramics at...

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Capturing the Cosmos: Kayenta's glassmaking wizard John Kolb

Capturing the Cosmos: Kayenta’s glassmaking wizard John Kolb

John Kolb, owner of the Kayenta-based Wizard Stones, blends his fondness for the Murano craftsmen of Italy with a fascination of the night sky to create unique glassworks that are truly out of this world. Employing dichroic glass, quartz crystal for sparkle, and a propane torch that burns at 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit, Kolb has designed...

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Forging a Passage: Fahimeh Amiri

Forging a Passage: Fahimeh Amiri

A passage can be something literal, a tangible progression from one place to another, or it can represent something metaphorical, a life journey of gained personal experience, and the personal development it manifests.  Utah artist Fahimeh Amiri, who is one of the featured artists in the Springville Museum of Art’s current show Passages and Pathways,...

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Linnie Brown

Linnie Brown

It goes on all over our country — housing developments sprout up on the outer rims of our suburban areas, attracting young homeowners looking for the amenities of suburban living along with the promise of open spaces. In a few years time, though, those fields and prairies are consumed by new development, so that a...

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Unapologetic: The bold, captivating ceramic art of Russell Wrankle

Unapologetic: The bold, captivating ceramic art of Russell Wrankle

Growing up in a blue-collar family on the rural outskirts of Palm Springs, Calif., Russell Wrankle never imagined that one day his life would revolve around the arts. That all changed in college, when he took a ceramics class and was instantly hooked. “I guess it was something that I always had but never explored,”...

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Claudia Sisemore

Claudia Sisemore

Teacher, artist and filmmaker Claudia Sisemore was “hot stuff” when she was 21, says Layne Meacham of his former Hillside Junior High teacher. “All the guys would talk about her and her silver Jag XKE,” the Salt Lake City artist recalls. Local artist Trent Thursby Alvey, then an 8th-grade creative-writing student of Sisemore’s, agrees:  “She...

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