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Exhibition Reviews
Ring the Bell Until It Cracks: Scott Tsuchitani’s Internment in the Street Gallery at UMOCA

Ring the Bell Until It Cracks: Scott Tsuchitani’s Internment in the Street Gallery at UMOCA

Perhaps the most important question that should be asked of any new work of art is this: So What? A work can do all sorts of things, some of them even unprecedented, but unless doing so serves a purpose, the accomplishment may be no more than a stunt. So what if it brings together elements...

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Brian Lindley: From Custom Cars to Color Country

Brian Lindley: From Custom Cars to Color Country

Though you won’t expect to find the owner of a Harley, custom-finished with devilish skulls, running in similar circles as the owner of a delicately rendered redrock landscape, they both may be getting their art from the same source: Brian Lindley. After a decade working as an airbrush artist for custom car and motorcycle shops,...

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The Cost of Anything at Alice Gallery

The Cost of Anything at Alice Gallery

Yes, all these works existed, and had probably been shown independently, but then their makers agreed to remake them: to transform art into meta-art, moving them one step up the ladder of allegory (meta=beyond), making them self-referential as well. They agreed, in response to an assertion by Henry David Thoreau . . . ‘The cost...

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Untamed Rebellion: The Custom Car Art of Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth

Untamed Rebellion: The Custom Car Art of Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth

America has a way of normalizing rebellion. Beat poets in smoky coffee shops turned into hipster coders in Starbucks; the opt-outs of surf culture were transformed into commercial commodities packaged by Gidget and The Beach Boys; and the body art once reserved for sailors has become a rite of passage for 21st-century housewives. Mid-century hot-rod...

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Et in Utah Ego at Mestizo

Et in Utah Ego at Mestizo

Utah houses some of the world’s most stunning geological wonders and Mestizo Institute of Culture and Art’s newest exhibition, Et in Utah Ego, acknowledges and challenges these markers of Utah’s local identity. The show, curated by Mestizo’s director Renato Olmedo-González, presents over 100 small photographs taken from locations across the state with an iPhone camera....

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Adjunct: Four Artists Who Show What They've Learned

Adjunct: Four Artists Who Show What They’ve Learned

  Contemplating Karin Hodgin-Jones’ two remarkable machines, both titled “Tug,” what may well come to mind are the unquenchably popular inventions of Leonardo da Vinci: the ornithopter and the aerial screw that couldn’t fly, the parachute and the diving suit that would almost certainly have killed their users. Each was so much more beautiful than...

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Both Sides of the Coin: ARTsySTEM'S exploration of art and science at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

Both Sides of the Coin: ARTsySTEM’S exploration of art and science at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

Everyone knows that truth does not belong to science alone; it’s just as much a goal of art. Yet how many know that beauty, art’s primary goal, is also crucial to science? The difference lies in emphasis: while artists may seek truth in beauty, scientists seek beauty as an attribute of truth. When two responses...

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Weaving the Unexpected: Navajo Pictorials from the Lucke Collection at BYU

Weaving the Unexpected: Navajo Pictorials from the Lucke Collection at BYU

Art maintains a remarkable ability to change and augment our perceptions of different cultures and traditions. As a title, “Weaving the Unexpected” anticipates the exhibition’s capacity for redefining what is typically known about this subject. The works contained in this show present remarkable craftsmanship and skill in their own right, made even more impressive when...

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Jeff Juhlin at A Gallery

Jeff Juhlin at A Gallery

According to Juhlin the show is called Strata as a way to physically describe the work and imagery in general, the many layers of paint, paper and ink applied on top of one another “in often, but not always, a horizontal, layered configuration.” Metaphorically, “It’s a visual expression of life and its many complex layers...

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Levi Jackson's Bushwacker

Levi Jackson’s Bushwacker

The work in Levi Jackson’s Bushwacker exhibition now on display at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has a conflicted and ambivalent view of the West. This is in part due to two distinct and pervasive notions that permeate such depictions. The first is the West as an idealized and picturesque blank canvas that is...

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‘. . . true / false / true . . .’   Claire Wilson and Nancy Vorm present mixed media collages and reliefs at the Dibble Gallery

‘. . . true / false / true . . .’ Claire Wilson and Nancy Vorm present mixed media collages and reliefs at the Dibble Gallery

Other than as categories, art terms like ‘representational’ and ‘realistic’ aren’t very helpful. The weightlessly floating, elongated figures of Byzantine mosaics ‘realistically represented’ the spiritual truth so important to those who lived in the dark age that followed the fall of Rome, that souls and eternity mattered more than the here and now . ....

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Collective Experience at Rio Gallery

Collective Experience at Rio Gallery

Collective Experience, the group exhibition showing at Rio Gallery through April, draws its inspiration from Eno’s term for something he called an ”ecology of talent.“ He envisioned bringing together creative individuals who together would form a scene, or locus of creativity. Instead of a lonely genius, he proposed a ”Scenius” would emerge from the synergistic...

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