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Exhibition Reviews
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 surrounds us. History demonstrates that episodes of great progress like ours are met with a combination of excitement and fear: while modernity conjured...

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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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Curtis Olson's Mandalas

Curtis Olson’s Mandalas

When you view Curtis Olson’s newest work, up this month at Park City’s JGO Gallery, you’re likely to sense something familiar: some of the pieces may remind you of the spirograph kits and t-shirt designs of your youth (if you are of a certain age), while in others you may recognize references to “sacred geometry”...

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Plein Air Pair: Antonin Passemard and Anastasia Dukhanina

Plein Air Pair: Antonin Passemard and Anastasia Dukhanina

Those who are under the impression that plein air painting is a practice of subject and technique exclusive to the western United States may experience a reality check this month upon visiting Slusser Gallery, where for the March Gallery Stroll the work of owner Mark Slusser will be featured along with those of plein air...

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Denis Phillips

Denis Phillips

Denis Phillips is every sort of artist: he flows comfortably between abstraction and realism, moves easily from the Renaissance of restoration work and making frames to the Space Age of creating his own computer-generated prints and synthesizer music.  “I like the change,” he once told me of his genre switches. “It keeps things from getting...

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A Measure of Salt at the Granary Art Center

A Measure of Salt at the Granary Art Center

“It is fascinating to move with these artists through their exploration of salt, and of the lake. The space is reverent, but also, when you get closer, irreverent. There is an exploration of the molecular structure of salt, as well as the vast, sweeping landscape of the lake. There is time, both the present moment,...

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Pure Paint for Now People at WSU's Shaw Gallery

Pure Paint for Now People at WSU’s Shaw Gallery

Whoever believes she knows the proper task of art can click the arrow below that is the digital equivalent of turning the page. For the rest, the good news is that one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions of the 2014-15 academic year just opened at Weber State’s Shaw Gallery, and that it lives up...

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Culture Creators: Ruby Chacon and Natalia Deeb-Sossa at Mestizo

Culture Creators: Ruby Chacon and Natalia Deeb-Sossa at Mestizo

Culture has a powerful ability to shape many aspects of personal identity including political, social and familial interactions. Gender also plays a powerful role in this equation. Much has been made about how cultures structure male and female roles, but what happens when this culture is transplanted to a new space and is forced to...

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