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Exhibition Reviews
‘. . . 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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Randall Lake: Then and Now

Randall Lake: Then and Now

Each time I am lucky enough to chat with Randall Lake I come away more impressed. It’s not just his art, it’s his intellect, his curiosity, his willingness to challenge himself by trying new palettes, new brushstrokes, by reading biographies of artists he admires, and experimenting with their methods. Lake has a show opening at...

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Ties That Bind: Discussing CUAC's Utah Ties Exhibit

Ties That Bind: Discussing CUAC’s Utah Ties Exhibit

by Laura Hurtado As with all juried shows, this year’s annual Utah Ties exhibition is an inconsistent mixed bag —some works evoke the grotesque and the abject, while others are quietly beautiful and even majestic.  As a collective, the show includes a select number of truly remarkable pieces here and there and a spattering of...

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Duane Linklater at the UMFA

Duane Linklater at the UMFA

Hard to believe we’re at salt 11 already, but here we are, and Duane Linklater, an Omaskêko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in present-day Northern Ontario, Canada, is the artist at hand. These semi-annual “salt” exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, showcasing work by emerging artists from around the world, aim to...

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Visual Music: Liberty Blake at Phillips Gallery

Visual Music: Liberty Blake at Phillips Gallery

Liberty Blake makes music with visual art. The UK native turned UT resident blends together pieces of found, salvaged and purchased paper to create works of simplistic profundity. Her current show at Phillips, in which more than 20 new works are displayed in the downstairs Dibble Gallery, are not concerned with a maximum of materiality;...

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The Monitoring Gaze: Panopticon at UMOCA

The Monitoring Gaze: Panopticon at UMOCA

  In a technologically vibrant world, it is increasingly difficult to separate ourselves from our digital appendages, as screens, wires and gadgets serve as tangible reminders of the more complicated, invisible networks that surround us. History demonstrates that episodes of great progress like ours are met with a combination of excitement and fear: while modernity...

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Organic Environments: Paintings by Laura Hope Mason at the City Library Gallery

Organic Environments: Paintings by Laura Hope Mason at the City Library Gallery

It hasn’t been long since Laura Hope Mason graduated from the U of U. This becomes apparent during her opening lecture for her latest show, now up at the Salt Lake City Library, when questions asked by her audience turn into shared recollections of classes taken, particular professors, and the lessons they taught. Then there’s...

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Surviving Suburbia: Justin Wheatley at 15th Street Gallery

Surviving Suburbia: Justin Wheatley at 15th Street Gallery

“It’s about suburbia,” says Justin Wheatley of his newest work, on view beginning this week at Salt Lake’s 15th Street Gallery. “Suburbia is loaded with kitsch, we’re all living in this kitschy world where we try to make things look nice or beautiful or wonderful, but in reality, a lot of the times, its fake. ...

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Larry Elsner

Larry Elsner

“As a sculptor, my concern is for form,” Larry Elsner wrote in 1977, “a maddening search for the unity of space and mass.” An Idaho native and longtime Utah State University professor, Elsner would always choose form over function, regardless of the medium in which he was working: bronze, clay, metal, stone, plaster, or wood....

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Abe McCowan at Saltgrass Printmakers

Abe McCowan at Saltgrass Printmakers

If the data that emerge from the surface detail of McCowan’s plants look familiar, that doesn’t mean they are meant to be translated, or must be in order to enjoy them. It’s enough that they draw the viewer’s imagination into the vegetable world. One onlooker commented that the roots of one plant, drawn in the...

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Church vs. State at UMOCA

Church vs. State at UMOCA

Utah is often spoken of as a cultural monolith, even a theocracy, where church and state are inexorably intertwined. While recent legislation reminds us of the enormous sway the hierarchy of the LDS church does exert over state politics, it should not be forgotten that there has also existed a dynamic tension between church and...

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