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Exhibition Reviews
John Sproul's Body to Body exhibit brings inexhaustible pleasure to Finch Lane Gallery

John Sproul’s Body to Body exhibit brings inexhaustible pleasure to Finch Lane Gallery

... one of his accomplishments here is to replace the accidental character of those indelible images with a way of reproducing their effects: one he can control and even direct like a flashlight into certain dark areas that tantalized his awareness when he first began to make art,

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A Refreshing Inversion: Lane Twitchell returns to Utah with "eye-popping aides for critical reflection"

A Refreshing Inversion: Lane Twitchell returns to Utah with “eye-popping aides for critical reflection”

Not all inversions are unhealthy or unpleasant. Some are downright intriguing, colorful, and refreshing. Case in point is Lane Twitchell’s artistic Inversion, a fascinating exhibit currently on display in downtown Provo until the end of January. . .

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A Visual Testimony: Neglected during her lifetime, Minerva Teichert's illustrations for the Book of Mormon find a warm embrace from a new generation

A Visual Testimony: Neglected during her lifetime, Minerva Teichert’s illustrations for the Book of Mormon find a warm embrace from a new generation

In A Visual Testimony: Minerva Teichert’s Book of Mormon Paintings, Brigham Young University’s Museum of Art brings these paintings together — with a handful of related works — in an exhibit that celebrates the Mormon modernist’s vibrant talent and begs the question: why did it take so long for these works to become part...

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Figuratively Speaking: Russell Wrankle brings together an impressive roster of ceramic artists in Meyer Gallery's Epics, Myths and Fables

Figuratively Speaking: Russell Wrankle brings together an impressive roster of ceramic artists in Meyer Gallery’s Epics, Myths and Fables

Now on display in Park City, Epics, Myths and Fables transforms Meyer Gallery’s mezzanine into a vision of three-dimensional folklore fantasy. Forty ceramic sculptures emit the curious intellect and imagination of their creators, who range from mid-career to established artists from all over the country. Not only does the exhibition present an array of allegorical...

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Fun in Public Spaces: Lewis J. Crawford and Phoebe Berrey at the Gallery at Library Square

Fun in Public Spaces: Lewis J. Crawford and Phoebe Berrey at the Gallery at Library Square

The Gallery at Library Square boasts a unique perspective, allowing its audience to peer from its tidy enclosure over the fourth floor railing and into the towering abyss of the library’s atrium. Yet so quick are we to become inured to experience that this once acrophobia-inducing encounter has, for most of us, long since ceased...

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Painting on Hallowed Ground: A new exhibition and publication explore the landscapes of the Mormon Trail

Painting on Hallowed Ground: A new exhibition and publication explore the landscapes of the Mormon Trail

In a new exhibit and publication from The Church History Museum, John Burton, Josh Clare and Bryan Mark Taylor travel the Mormon Trail with paints in hand.

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Sacred Art for Secular Times: New Work by J. Kirk Richards

Sacred Art for Secular Times: New Work by J. Kirk Richards

At a private event in his Woodland Hills home this past month, J. Kirk Richards unveiled his newest body of art, including 2-D and 3-D work, further establishing his reputation as an impressive artist able to create works that speak both to a local, religious audience as well as to a broader art-loving public ....

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Sometime in the 1980s, art world observers began to notice that artists were often among the first entrepreneurs to move into neighborhoods widely considered uninhabitable, where they would jump-start what soon became the gentrification process. It would have been in large, coastal American cities’ industrial and warehouse areas that this phenomenon first received predominantly negative...

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Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

  The windows of the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, which is cradled in a redrock canyon just outside Zion National Park, look out on a landscape that visually reverberates with the abstracted canyons and flora on display within. In a hand-in-glove match between venue and artwork, the Center hosts the exhibit Lines in Nature:...

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Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Exhibiting at Modern West Fine Art this month, the traditionally trained painter Ben Steele chooses subjects that hark back to a universal and nostalgic American childhood. From Kennewick, Washington, and educated first at the University of Utah and then at the apprenticeship program in Helper—under the instruction of artists David Dornan and Paul Davis—Steele’s Western...

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Sarina Villareal's Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

Sarina Villareal’s Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

From mysterious murals deep inside Paleolithic caves, to movable adornment for Renaissance merchants, art is something malleable, reflective of the space and time in which it exists. Art was one thing when it was made for the magnificent churches of Venice, like San Marco and San Lorenzo, and became another when it was created for...

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Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee's Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee’s Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Mike Lee, an Artist in Residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, describes himself as a product of two world cultures, having split his childhood between rural Japan and Utah. His work bridges these two separate geographical and cultural regions with reference to an elusive third: the young culture of the Internet realm. In...

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Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU's Library

Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU’s Library

A year before he went to Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau burned down 300 acres of forest in its vicinity. An accident. During a fishing excursion to nearby Fairhaven Pond, Thoreau’s campfire sparked a grass fire that quickly spread to the surrounding woodlands and almost engulfed the town of Concord, proving that even in escaping...

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The News Is Not All Bad: Downtown Artist Collective opens and Nox returns

The News Is Not All Bad: Downtown Artist Collective opens and Nox returns

We were struck, in an October press release about the “Art in the City” event celebrating the opening of the Thomas S. Monson Center in Salt Lake City (in the former Enos A. Wall Mansion), by one statement — that over the past decade, more than 20 art galleries have shut down for lack of...

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Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Jimmi Toro’s fluid line work lays itself gracefully across his paintings. Even in moments of disruption, where the ink spatters or skips, the faces and forms of his creating stare back at us, inviting us into their world. While his work uses a variety of techniques, it is the dripped ink that we might think...

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