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Exhibition Reviews
Denise Milan's Mists of the Earth at BYU

Denise Milan’s Mists of the Earth at BYU

  “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot” – Joni Mitchell   The idea of paradise is about as slippery as the idea of landscape: no two are exactly alike. They look different to each of us, smell different, imbued with cultural constructs fashioned from our own experiences. No one will have the...

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Terrece Beesley's New Directions

Terrece Beesley’s New Directions

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.– Jim Rohn   “A while ago I found myself in a ‘painting rut,’” says Layton artist Terrece Beesley. Instead of staying in that rut, the artist decided to get experimental with her usual style. “I usually paint large pieces, so this was...

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Portraits of a Pilgrim Artist: Willy Littig at Mestizo

Portraits of a Pilgrim Artist: Willy Littig at Mestizo

The untitled photographs in Willy Littig’s exhibit Vecinos wander across the walls of Mestizo Gallery like humble pilgrims. Dressed in understated, neat frames, they appear unburdened by worldly pretensions, as if they are on their way to ascetic enlightenment. Littig captured these images on his recent walking pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, or St....

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Downy Doxey-Marshall's kloTH at Alice Gallery

Downy Doxey-Marshall’s kloTH at Alice Gallery

Although our clothing is intensely personal and helps make up individual identities, in her larger works, Doxey-Marshall takes what we often consider to be part of the “everyday” or domestic, and reminds viewers of a richer, charged symbolism. This connects the themes present in Doxey-Marshall’s early works and brings them into the universal, mythic realm…...

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Among the Shadows: Jorge Rojas' Painted Veil at Rio Gallery

Among the Shadows: Jorge Rojas’ Painted Veil at Rio Gallery

Connections between Rojas’s reading of the veil and Shelley’s poem, from which the exhibition takes its name, are stronger in some works than others. But overall the collective body of work is impressive, and even when the reference to the notion of veiling falters or feels contrived, there remains, with the exhibition, something like unto...

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Reality Reorganized: Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball at BYU

Reality Reorganized: Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball at BYU

For this reviewer, the highlight of the show is “Grape Crusher Modified” (2015), a collaboration by Walter Askin and Wayne Kimball. One can see the hand of Askin in the humorous figures of grape dancers/crushers, as well as the stylized, twisting pencil on the right side. The orange polka-dot walls, caricatured faces, and vibrant coloring...

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Celine Downen's gather-piece-stitch

Celine Downen’s gather-piece-stitch

The mixed-media installation in the Gittins Gallery at the University of Utah transports you to a place, possibly from your childhood, where there was beauty and magic in the leaves and branches of your own backyard or a secret hideaway in the woods. It reminds you of stories and people and feelings. In “gather-piece-stitch,” Céline...

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Eat It Up: Holly Cobb's Feeding the Hedonic Ghost at the Gittins Gallery

Eat It Up: Holly Cobb’s Feeding the Hedonic Ghost at the Gittins Gallery

It’s not enough to paint well. Any artist, no matter how talented with pencil or brush, must also find a subject, a message for their medium. Holly Cobb, an MFA candidate at the University of Utah, has found hers in food. Cobb’s interest is not in the food itself, its physical depiction, but in our...

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Keith Beard's Journey Through the Big Unknown

Keith Beard’s Journey Through the Big Unknown

Keith Beard has begun a journey into the unknown with the opening of his gallery “Miri” in South Salt Lake. This month’s exhibition is Beard’s own MFA exhibit, a show that explores the myths of the unknown and the masks we don that can be both friend and foe. It launches a new exhibition and...

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John Hess's The Seeing Eye at Gallery at Library Square

John Hess’s The Seeing Eye at Gallery at Library Square

Intense, saturated color, often painted on single-woven surfaces. Seemingly tribal patterns: perhaps Australian Outback, American Indian or Celtic in origin? Dimensional forms created by double-weaving on a hand loom. John Hess is a master of what he does and his show at The Gallery at Library Square, The Seeing Eye: Woven Textiles, satisfyingly demonstrates this....

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Wild Inquiring: The Art of Claire Taylor

Wild Inquiring: The Art of Claire Taylor

For a graveyard, the Salt Lake City Cemetery teems with life. Covering 120 acres and about 10 miles of paved road, the largest city-operated cemetery in the country is home to a varied and plentiful array of flora and fauna. Not far from the city center is a wild kingdom, a vast, otherworldly realm offering...

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Michael Ryan Handley and Cara Despain at CUAC

Michael Ryan Handley and Cara Despain at CUAC

Michael Ryan Handley and Cara Depain, native son and daughter of Utah, returned to the state this month for solo exhibitions at CUAC, in Salt Lake City. Handley has been living in Philadelphia and New York City after finishing an MFA at Yale, and Despain has been working as an artist, writer and curator in...

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Sarah May's Identity Retablos at Mestizo

Sarah May’s Identity Retablos at Mestizo

From the moment we take our first breath to the dying exhalation of our last, we explore our individual identity in a larger world. Artists have wrestled for centuries with the deep desire to know who they are within societies that often see individuality as something to be ashamed of instead of celebrated, something to...

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Lewis Crawford's Constructs at Finch Lane Gallery

Lewis Crawford’s Constructs at Finch Lane Gallery

“Everyone leaves marks, both physically and emotionally,” says Lewis Crawford. The artist, who is featured in a group show now up at Finch Lane, uses this philosophy to guide a conceptually fluid assortment of visual experiments, or “constructs.” Crawford’s works are simultaneously philosophical and simple—emphasizing the primal role of mark-making in art. The two-dimensional pieces...

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Janell James at Green Loft: Layering Trees Through Plexi

Janell James at Green Loft: Layering Trees Through Plexi

Like the intricate, alluring trees she paints, Utah artist Janell James experiences seasons of change and growth. In her debut for this spring, the artist has branched out to a new medium by moving from her familiar oil and canvas to acrylic and Plexiglas. The transition is a natural extension of her studio practice, giving...

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