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Exhibition Reviews
Material Girl, Material World: Lizze Määttälä at UMOCA’s Projects Gallery

Material Girl, Material World: Lizze Määttälä at UMOCA’s Projects Gallery

The right title can do a lot to empower an exhibition. The best name on a show in recent memory belongs to Lizze Määttälä’s exhibit in the Artists-Working-in-Utah gallery at UMOCA, which she calls Uphill / Both Ways. Of course the phrase isn’t original, having started life in mockery of those belittling parents who tell...

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Foreign and Familiar: Richard Lance Russell and Rebecca Reese Jacoby at Finch Lane Gallery

Foreign and Familiar: Richard Lance Russell and Rebecca Reese Jacoby at Finch Lane Gallery

How one perceives the world, and how one is perceived by those in the world, constitutes much of one’s sense of being-in-the-world. One’s sense of reality can often be dependant on one’s inner states of being, determined by the physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual self. At the same time, so much of who one is...

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Mary Sinner's Mementos at A Gallery

Mary Sinner’s Mementos at A Gallery

In the century and a half since photography rose up to challenge painting as an image source, artists have invented countless strategies for incorporating photos into their working methods. Some use snapshots to replace the traditional sketch book. Others primarily paint things they could never see in person, either because they are remote, rare, no...

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Conjuring Couture: Articles of Clothing at the Rio Gallery

Conjuring Couture: Articles of Clothing at the Rio Gallery

There’s a hint of cruelty in the Rio Gallery’s choice to devote August, a month most people spend wearing as little as modesty permits, to the subject of clothing. Among the nine artists here, there are enough heavy garments, long-sleeved shirts, and gloves to bring a suggestible viewer to the brink of heatstroke. On the...

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Yolande Harris at the Woodbury Museum of Art

Yolande Harris at the Woodbury Museum of Art

In Yolande Harris's current exhibit at the Woodbury Museum of Art the artist uses sound, light and installation to upend the senses.

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Flora + Fauna at Alice Gallery

Flora + Fauna at Alice Gallery

The weeks of August are truly the doldrums for art exhibitions, no less in Utah than elsewhere. For whatever reasons—the population crowding their vacations into what’s left of the summer, the colleges that house many of the nonprofit galleries being between semesters, perhaps some artists already looking ahead to the Christmas holidays—fewer shows see less...

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The enduring power of art:  Katie Marie Liechty at BYU

The enduring power of art: Katie Marie Liechty at BYU

On July 16, in the Harris Fine Arts Building, a traditional showcase for BYU student projects, senior Katie Marie Liechty installed what might have been intended to be three separate ensembles, although the complete installation also works well as one compound work. Given the subject matter of this innovative triptych of installations, she surely must...

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You Are Here: Svavar Jonatansson and Jared Steffensen's Takes on Place at the Kimball Art Center

You Are Here: Svavar Jonatansson and Jared Steffensen’s Takes on Place at the Kimball Art Center

We’ve all been guilty of it — visiting an exotic locale, taking a few shots of its iconic attractions, and feeling like we’ve captured the essence of the place. If we’re alert, we come home and realize that everyone else has a shot of Venice’s gondolas from St. Mark’s Square, or the winding streets of...

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Eliding the Hypen: Nicholas Galanin’s video series at BYU examines cultural hybridity

Eliding the Hypen: Nicholas Galanin’s video series at BYU examines cultural hybridity

Our country is increasingly becoming a place of hyphenated identities, in which we speak of ourselves in relation to the countries or continents our ancestors came from — African-American, Italian-American, Korean-American. This increased focus on cultural and ethnic identity is double-edged: the hyphen acts as both a bond, recognizing and respecting our individual cultural traditions,...

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Sean Morello’s Constellations & Supersymmetries at UMOCA

Sean Morello’s Constellations & Supersymmetries at UMOCA

Successive movements in art don’t make what follows necessary; what they do is make it possible: liberating subject matter from representation, a goal of Modernism that took decades, for example, made abstraction acceptable to the public. In his current exhibition of collages at UMOCA, Sean Morello, an artist exquisitely alert to this history, celebrates the...

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The Minutiae of Death: Jared Christensen's Strange Environments at Sweet Branch Library

The Minutiae of Death: Jared Christensen’s Strange Environments at Sweet Branch Library

It’s hard to predict what thoughts and experiences will affect an artist’s work, but major life changes — birth, death, marriage, divorce — almost always surface in the work of creative individuals, whether explicitly or implicitly. One such example can be found this month at the Sweet Branch Library in Salt Lake City, where Jared...

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Jann Haworth at Modern West Fine Art

Jann Haworth at Modern West Fine Art

The gallery titles this show Round Trip, a reference to life’s having taken Haworth from western America to Britain and back. Aside from the two bracelets and “Jewels and Ring,” a freestanding set of fabric jewels, Haworth, if she chose to follow Cindy Sherman’s example, might well call most of the works “film stills.” ...

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