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Comforting Discomfort at Rio Gallery

Salt Lake City
Jan. 17 – Mar. 6

An exhibition showcasing sculptural, photographic, and multimedia work by MFA Art candidates at Brigham Young University, Dalila Sanabria and Fiona Matisse Barney, opens January 17 at the Rio Gallery.

Comforting Discomfort opens Jan. 17 and runs through March 6, with an artist reception Jan. 21 from 6-9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition is presented by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums at the Rio Gallery, located at the historic Rio Grande Depot at 300 S Rio Grande, which is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In this exhibition, Sanabria and Barney construct a variety of objects and unlikely creatures that explore notions, including the tensions, of assurance and comfort. In conceptualizing discomfort, Sanabria creates wrapped, distorted work that embodies physical displacement in relation to memory and material. Matisse Barney’s art consists of quirky snippets of narratives that explore ludic notions of comfort. Her work amplifies the forgotten, invisible, and the overlooked with a futile attempt to gain acceptance and to feel comforted in various situations.
The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue. Find more information at artsandmuseums.utah.gov/visualart.

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