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Exhibition Reviews
An Artist's City: T.K. Stephens' Greater Salt Lake at Sprague Library

An Artist’s City: T.K. Stephens’ Greater Salt Lake at Sprague Library

Wending your way through the basement corridors of Sprague Branch Library in Sugar House, you’ll eventually come across a group of 20 artworks by Terence K. Stephens. (I’ve never had to actually hunt through a building for an exhibit before, but thought this one worth the effort.) Titled Greater Salt Lake, the show primarily is...

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This is Getting Serious: Zaq Landsberg's Zaqistan and the Age of Irony

This is Getting Serious: Zaq Landsberg’s Zaqistan and the Age of Irony

I can’t tell if Zaq Landsberg is simply having a good bit of fun or actually taking himself seriously. Landsberg is the founder of an art project in Utah’s west desert called Zaqistan, which consists of two rather inaccessible acres of scrubland that has been given the meta-contextual properties of a sovereign nation—there’s a flag,...

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Watching Another: Notes on a Place and a Moment in Artists of Utah's 35x35

Watching Another: Notes on a Place and a Moment in Artists of Utah’s 35×35

by Tabitha Nikolai Thanks to comments sections, opinions on art are less than a dime for more than a dozen. In spite of this glut on the market, Artists of Utah board member Stefanie Dykes asked me to share mine on the occasion of their latest incarnation of 35 x 35, Utah’s triennial+ of young local...

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Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki's Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki’s Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

In his new exhibit, Ryoichi Suzuki’s carved, flowing forms of wood and stone punctuate two rooms in Salt Lake City’s A Gallery. In each sculpture on display, Suzuki uses different types of stone or wood to produce elongated and graceful organic forms. A native of Japan, Suzuki’s subjects hark back to shapes found in Japanese...

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Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

Andrew Rice’s new works, on exhibit at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Projects Gallery, are filled with dark masses, scrubbed in black oil sticks, covering a rainbow of hues that struggle to emerge through the darkened planes. They define abstracted interior spaces, corners of large rooms, two-sometimes-three-stories high, with simple, cutout spaces suggesting doorways...

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Lines Straight and Curved: DemoGraphics at Rio Gallery Weaves Together Visual Vocabularies

Lines Straight and Curved: DemoGraphics at Rio Gallery Weaves Together Visual Vocabularies

DemoGraphics, the Rio Gallery’s recent group exhibition, was a showcase of seven regional artists brought together through themes of visual language and communication. According to the gallery: “The exhibition explores communication with a personal, visual language, asking the viewer to let the artwork be heard. The viewer is invited to engage visually, withholding a verbal...

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Andy Nasisse Badlands: Ceramics and Photo Manipulations at SUMA

Andy Nasisse Badlands: Ceramics and Photo Manipulations at SUMA

Badlands. The word itself evokes images of dry, barren deserts.  A place where crops wither in the heat, and sculptured sandstone flows from one end of sight to the other.  An inhospitable landscape, with towers of rock balancing precariously, holes carved through them by wind and weather. A place where Andy Nasisse, studio artist and...

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Art, Post-Art and Non-Art at UMOCA this Autumn

Art, Post-Art and Non-Art at UMOCA this Autumn

The dire predicament of fine art right now is the proverbial animal in the room that no one wants to acknowledge; it’s as if an author died between books and the publisher hired someone to continue writing under the same name, all the while keeping it a secret so as not to hurt sales. Important...

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Side by Side: Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm's Iterations at the Alice Gallery

Side by Side: Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm’s Iterations at the Alice Gallery

From conception to execution, Iterations (opening Sept. 16 at Alice Gallery) promises to be a fascinating show. Working side-by-side in the same space on Thursday afternoons since May, Nancy Vorm and Sue Martin were hoping to see if their individual processes might influence each other. They created “iterations” – or series – of their individual...

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Purple Rain. And Yellow and Red: Sibylle Szaggars Redford at the Kimball Art Center

Purple Rain. And Yellow and Red: Sibylle Szaggars Redford at the Kimball Art Center

Sibylle Szaggars was in her high desert home in the southwest of New Mexico when the idea for the rain paintings came to her. It was 2010 and the monsoon rains, visible for miles in the distance, would arrive regularly in the afternoon. She decided to lay one of her watercolors outside to see what...

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All Paragraphs in the Same Story: Susan Makov's Prints and Paintings at A Gallery

All Paragraphs in the Same Story: Susan Makov’s Prints and Paintings at A Gallery

After a game of cribbage and a glass or two of Cointreau, my grandfather was apt to rise and recite from “As You Like It”: And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it. Susan...

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Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee's “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee’s “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

If somehow the primal essences of cult horror movies, ‘80s arcade games, abandoned amusement parks, and pulp sci-fi magazines were smashed together, Elmer Presslee’s art might have been fused from the resulting debris. Although many elements feel familiar—callbacks to subcultures of the 1970s and 1980s—Presslee’s style is so distinct that the whole body of work...

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Alchemical Experiments: Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery

Alchemical Experiments: Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery

Albedo | Nigredo , the collaborative exhibit by Colour Maisch and Gary Vlasic at Finch Lane Gallery, takes an attentive sculptural approach to exploring the mystical way that everyday materials are transformed by artists’ creative processes and the unique environment of gallery space. The gallery creates a space that mimics an ancient alchemical laboratory, where...

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Reclamation Projects: Carol Berrey and Simon Blundell at the BDAC

Reclamation Projects: Carol Berrey and Simon Blundell at the BDAC

All of us — well, most of us — have become conscientious recyclers, making sure to set aside our plastic bottles and aluminum cans so they can be turned into bicycles, or our cardboard and paper products so they can, well, be turned back into paper and cardboard. But Carol Berrey, now showing at the...

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Sustained Gaze: Sunny Taylor's Resolutions at Julie Nester Gallery

Sustained Gaze: Sunny Taylor’s Resolutions at Julie Nester Gallery

What does one say about abstract art? It neither depicts a scene nor tells a story. It does not reference, investigate, or negotiate — or any number of the vague, Latinate verbs endemic to curatorial statements these days— anything. It is, in a term which has been largely forgotten in favor of its better-known-but-less-accurate cousin,...

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