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Exhibition Reviews
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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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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Creation and Erasure at the UMFA

Creation and Erasure at the UMFA

How many views does it take to depict the steady, human-formed creation of absence on the land? In the case of Utah Museum of Fine Art’s (UMFA) current exhibition Creation and Erasure: Art of the Bingham Canyon Mine, the answer is over one hundred. This well-researched, historical view of the mine — Donna Poulton’s last...

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Connecting the Dots: Craig Cleveland at Zuriick

Connecting the Dots: Craig Cleveland at Zuriick

Connectivity is an abstract term, a function that acts prolifically in multitudinous ways in all functioning of daily living.  Through it, by connecting seemingly distant or unrelated terms or ideas, we create new meanings. Making art with meaning that is fundamentally based on connectivity requires a subject for which connectivity is a oblique tool and...

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Walking in Beauty: Denae Shanidiin at Mestizo Arts

Walking in Beauty: Denae Shanidiin at Mestizo Arts

Emerging artist Denae Shanidiin, 21, wishes the emphasis wasn’t so much on “Navajo” for her show currently at Mestizo Gallery. “Because you call someone a Navajo artist and people expect traditional. I wish I were traditional, but I’m not,” she says with a smile. “I just don’t think that’s realistic in this day and age....

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Sourcing the New: Morgan Donovan, Nancy Vorm and John Mack at Finch Lane

Sourcing the New: Morgan Donovan, Nancy Vorm and John Mack at Finch Lane

Every time art renews itself, there is the impression that something entirely new is taking place: something coming into being that has never been seen before. More likely, taking in the whole picture, the artists are actually narrowing the field, selecting a small part of what went before, and by isolating a kernel, foregrounding a...

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The Family of Things at Alice Gallery

The Family of Things at Alice Gallery

  Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things. —from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver The Alice Gallery offers one of the finest exhibition spaces around: intimate,...

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Dave Malone: Getting Cozy with Today's Abstraction

Dave Malone: Getting Cozy with Today’s Abstraction

This past weekend was a celebration of abstract art in Salt Lake City, with the top tier of the state’s abstractionists exhibiting at Salt Lake’s Rio Gallery. This dazzling exhibit of the brightest and best includes Dave Malone, who is also featured in a solo exhibit this month at Phillips Gallery. Malone’s abstraction is one...

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Lucha Libre: Jorge Rojas at Studio Elevn

Lucha Libre: Jorge Rojas at Studio Elevn

Mil Mascaras prowls the large alcove at the corner of the gallery like a trapped, feral animal: circling, pacing, as though seeking a way out? Or a way in? His lithe, wrestler’s body is tense as he speaks earnestly, then suddenly strikes an aggressive pose, resumes pacing, then pounces again. His movements strike a familiar,...

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