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Exhibition Reviews
Nor Any Drop to Drink: William Lamson's Hydrologies at UMOCA

Nor Any Drop to Drink: William Lamson’s Hydrologies at UMOCA

Water is one of art’s great subjects, and why not? One of four indispensable elements known to the Greeks, it’s the one that comes closest to being unique to our planet. Water makes life possible, but also shapes and even transports it. We know far more about water now than we did in the years...

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Sean Diediker's "Medicine Man"

Sean Diediker’s “Medicine Man”

What is a “medicine man?” He is not a shaman, often associated with personal gain; he is not a witch doctor, associated with witchcraft. He is a traditional healer and spiritual leader among Native Americans who secures the help of the spirit world, including the Great Spirit, for the sake of healing diseases of the...

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Freak Show at Art Access

Freak Show at Art Access

It was a crowded opening with obviously interested viewers eagerly engaged with a variety of well-presented art: Marcee and Ric Blackerby’s “Freak Show” went off without a hitch. Except for the title, that is — which, shortly after the initial postcards were sent, was abruptly changed by the Art Access board to something less catchy...

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Altared Books at Finch Lane Gallery

Altared Books at Finch Lane Gallery

From the clay tablets of the Minoans to the papyrus scrolls of the Egyptians, from the illuminated manuscripts of medieval monasteries to Gutenberg’s Bible and the pulp novels of the 20th century, the book has had a monumental role in the creation of civilization. It is history itself. Because of this historical and cultural context,...

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Lord Krishna Along the Wasatch Front

Lord Krishna Along the Wasatch Front

In 1968, I discovered Krishna. That year, I took a spiritual journey from being a University of Texas at Austin theater student and anti-Vietnam war demonstrator to a student of the Bhagavad Gita and chanting the Hare Krishna mantra in Los Angeles. After several weeks of instruction, I was initiated as a devotee of Lord...

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Driven to Abstraction in Ogden

Driven to Abstraction in Ogden

Despite the obviously punning reference in its title, a first glance around Driven to Abstraction suggests a third layer of meaning: the impact of the open road on art. Here are three prominent canvases by Jean Arnold, her familiar perspective from her mobile studio—a public bus—condensing transport into a constellation of distilled impressions. Among what...

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Kim Schoenstadt's Block Plan Series: Provo

Kim Schoenstadt’s Block Plan Series: Provo

California artist Kim Schoenstadt has returned to Utah, where she received a warm welcome from the Brigham Young University Museum of Art (MOA): an entire gallery on the museum’s bottom floor has been devoted to one of the artist’s sprawling, architectural mash-ups. “Block Plan Series: Provo” spans two adjacent walls before extending three-dimensionally into the...

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As American as Apple Pie: Amy Jorgensen's Far From the Tree

As American as Apple Pie: Amy Jorgensen’s Far From the Tree

by Laura Allred Hurtado When you stop by the visitor’s desk at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, you’ll see a large glass bowl, placed there by curator Becca Maksym, topped full with apples. Red. Shiny. Delicious. The kind that greet you in hotel lobbies. As a fruit, it’s a sentinel of welcome, of home. In...

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Amar Kanwar: A Season Outside at BYU's Museum of Art

Amar Kanwar: A Season Outside at BYU’s Museum of Art

You can be forgiven if you have a tendency, when visiting a museum, to pivot on your heel and turn around when you come across a projection room. They are becoming increasingly prevalent and the works on display can too often disappoint. Frequently the production quality is low, the imagery lackluster, and the purpose, if...

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Seeking Out the Wonder: Harry Taylor at Phillips' Dibble Gallery

Seeking Out the Wonder: Harry Taylor at Phillips’ Dibble Gallery

The works of the late Harry Taylor, now on exhibit at Phillips Gallery, teem with energetic life and vitality. With his unique sense of brevity, playful sense of humor and dynamic skills as a woodcarver (he managed to keep working even after he was diagnosed with ALS), Taylor created fantastical creatures and playful narratives that...

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New Conversations: The 2014 Performance Art Festival

New Conversations: The 2014 Performance Art Festival

by Marcela Torres This last Friday and Saturday the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Main Library Branch in downtown Salt Lake City hosted its second annual Performance Art Festival, curated by Utah native Kristina Lenzi. Fifteen artists, split evenly between local presenters and out-of-state artists, participated in the event. Performances, representing a diverse range of...

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Between Worlds: Bernard C. Meyers at Alice Gallery

Between Worlds: Bernard C. Meyers at Alice Gallery

“I love ambiguity,” Bernard Meyers says, and with that refreshingly unambiguous confession, highlights a principal characteristic of his photography. Ambiguity is what makes his photos—unlike the majority of images produced by today’s ever-more ubiquitous cameras—valid additions to our common visual language. Or in other words, works of art contemporary with the time of their making....

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