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Exhibition Reviews
Alchemical Experiments: Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery

Alchemical Experiments: Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery

Albedo | Nigredo , the collaborative exhibit by Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery, takes an attentive sculptural approach to exploring the mystical way that everyday materials are transformed by artists’ creative processes and the unique environment of gallery space. The gallery creates a space that mimics an ancient alchemical laboratory, where...

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Reclamation Projects: Carol Berrey and Simon Blundell at the BDAC

Reclamation Projects: Carol Berrey and Simon Blundell at the BDAC

All of us — well, most of us — have become conscientious recyclers, making sure to set aside our plastic bottles and aluminum cans so they can be turned into bicycles, or our cardboard and paper products so they can, well, be turned back into paper and cardboard. But Carol Berrey, now showing at the...

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Sustained Gaze: Sunny Taylor's Resolutions at Julie Nester Gallery

Sustained Gaze: Sunny Taylor’s Resolutions at Julie Nester Gallery

What does one say about abstract art? It neither depicts a scene nor tells a story. It does not reference, investigate, or negotiate — or any number of the vague, Latinate verbs endemic to curatorial statements these days— anything. It is, in a term which has been largely forgotten in favor of its better-known-but-less-accurate cousin,...

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Inspiration in the Familiar: Jacqui and Lance Larsen's Three-Mile Radius at Springville Museum of Art

Inspiration in the Familiar: Jacqui and Lance Larsen’s Three-Mile Radius at Springville Museum of Art

What do a rusty sewer grate,  “Llama Crossing” street sign, rabbit, and a metal screen door have in common? On the surface, not much. Aside from the llama-crossing sign, these are all ordinary things anyone might see in a neighborhood or while out for a drive in the country. Perhaps even within a three-mile radius....

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Fiber Art Explores Meaning and Metaphor in "Textures of Life" at Dixie's Sears Museum

Fiber Art Explores Meaning and Metaphor in “Textures of Life” at Dixie’s Sears Museum

  Woven fiber encompasses both the mundane and the most sacred, technique intermingled with ritual. It is one of the most ancient and most common art forms in cultures the world over, yet, perhaps because of its subtlety, is rarely examined in the setting of a contemporary art gallery. Dixie University’s Textures of Life exhibit...

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Denise Milan's Mists of the Earth at BYU

Denise Milan’s Mists of the Earth at BYU

    “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” – Joni Mitchell   The idea of paradise is about as slippery as the idea of landscape: no two are exactly alike. They look different to each of us, smell different, imbued with cultural constructs fashioned from our own experiences. No one will have...

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Terrece Beesley's New Directions

Terrece Beesley’s New Directions

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.– Jim Rohn   “A while ago I found myself in a ‘painting rut,’” says Layton artist Terrece Beesley. Instead of staying in that rut, the artist decided to get experimental with her usual style. “I usually paint large pieces, so this was...

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Portraits of a Pilgrim Artist: Willy Littig at Mestizo

Portraits of a Pilgrim Artist: Willy Littig at Mestizo

The untitled photographs in Willy Littig’s exhibit Vecinos wander across the walls of Mestizo Gallery like humble pilgrims. Dressed in understated, neat frames, they appear unburdened by worldly pretensions, as if they are on their way to ascetic enlightenment. Littig captured these images on his recent walking pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, or St....

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Downy Doxey-Marshall's kloTH at Alice Gallery

Downy Doxey-Marshall’s kloTH at Alice Gallery

Although our clothing is intensely personal and helps make up individual identities, in her larger works, Doxey-Marshall takes what we often consider to be part of the “everyday” or domestic, and reminds viewers of a richer, charged symbolism. This connects the themes present in Doxey-Marshall’s early works and brings them into the universal, mythic realm…...

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Among the Shadows: Jorge Rojas' Painted Veil at Rio Gallery

Among the Shadows: Jorge Rojas’ Painted Veil at Rio Gallery

Connections between Rojas’s reading of the veil and Shelley’s poem, from which the exhibition takes its name, are stronger in some works than others. But overall the collective body of work is impressive, and even when the reference to the notion of veiling falters or feels contrived, there remains, with the exhibition, something like unto...

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Reality Reorganized: Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball at BYU

Reality Reorganized: Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball at BYU

For this reviewer, the highlight of the show is “Grape Crusher Modified” (2015), a collaboration by Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball. One can see the hand of Askin in the humorous figures of grape dancers/crushers, as well as the stylized, twisting pencil on the right side. The orange polka-dot walls, caricatured faces, and vibrant coloring...

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Celine Downen's gather-piece-stitch

Celine Downen’s gather-piece-stitch

The mixed-media installation in the Gittins Gallery at the University of Utah transports you to a place, possibly from your childhood, where there was beauty and magic in the leaves and branches of your own backyard or a secret hideaway in the woods. It reminds you of stories and people and feelings. In “gather-piece-stitch,” Céline...

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Eat It Up: Holly Cobb's Feeding the Hedonic Ghost at the Gittins Gallery

Eat It Up: Holly Cobb’s Feeding the Hedonic Ghost at the Gittins Gallery

It’s not enough to paint well. Any artist, no matter how talented with pencil or brush, must also find a subject, a message for their medium. Holly Cobb, an MFA candidate at the University of Utah, has found hers in food. Cobb’s interest is not in the food itself, its physical depiction, but in our...

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Keith Beard's Journey Through the Big Unknown

Keith Beard’s Journey Through the Big Unknown

Keith Beard has begun a journey into the unknown with the opening of his gallery “Miri” in South Salt Lake. This month’s exhibition is Beard’s own MFA exhibit, a show that explores the myths of the unknown and the masks we don that can be both friend and foe. It launches a new exhibition and...

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John Hess's The Seeing Eye at Gallery at Library Square

John Hess’s The Seeing Eye at Gallery at Library Square

Intense, saturated color, often painted on single-woven surfaces. Seemingly tribal patterns: perhaps Australian Outback, American Indian or Celtic in origin? Dimensional forms created by double-weaving on a hand loom. John Hess is a master of what he does and his show at The Gallery at Library Square, The Seeing Eye: Woven Textiles, satisfyingly demonstrates this....

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