Mixed Media

Gordon Matta-Clark, Spiral Jetty, Carter Denos, RDT Link Series, The Melancholy Play

3/28 SLUGMAG: A Portrait of Humor and Sadness in The Melancholy Play

Wasatch Theatre Company presents a charming and eccentric look at mental health at the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center with the latest show in their season, The Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl.

A bank teller named Tilly (Ariana Farber) journeys to find happiness as she experiences deep melancholy—not sadness, but melancholy. The show introduces us to a therapist from a non-specified foreign country (Barett Ogden), a tailor named Frank (Amona Faatu), a physicist turned hairdresser named Frances (Sam Torres) and Frances’s British partner, Joann (Ashley Wilkinson). Each of these characters feel drawn to Tilly’s profound, “sexy” melancholy and fall deeply in love with her. That, however, completely changes when Tilly embraces their love and remarkably begins to feel happy again.




3/22 CITY WEEKLY: Gordon Matta-Clark’s Splitting at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Film version of 1974 performance art piece explores the ephemeral nature of “home.”

In 1974, artist Gordon Matta-Clark set to work on a performance art piece. He took his chainsaw to an abandoned house in New Jersey and carefully, deliberately, cut the home down the middle. Once that was finished, he chiseled away at the foundation until one half of the bisected structure tilted out, leaving the home cracked open like a book.

“The way that I’d think about [Gordon Matta-Clark’s] work, or the way that I’d describe his work, is that he considers architecture sculpture,” says UMOCA Curator of Exhibitions Jared Steffensen. “He really uses architecture as a material to make sculptures.”



3/20 SLUGMAG: Carter Denos: Finding a Voice Through Art

Visual artist Carter Denos’ work takes on the daunting task of embodying multiple emotions in a single painting. In his winning design for SLUG’s most recent t-shirt competition (available for pre-order through April 17), Denos’ angular faces explore the vastness of human emotion. Each face explores a different realm of sensation such as contempt, fear, sorrow, and joy. Each makes you lean in a little closer, craving to know the meaning behind the expression.




3/18 DESERET NEWS: What is the Spiral Jetty without the Great Salt Lake?

On the northeast side of the Great Salt Lake, a little over a hundred miles from Salt Lake City, lies perhaps the most notable piece of land art ever made, and due to record-low water levels caused by a drought that threatens the very existence of the lake, the Spiral Jetty is more visible than ever.




3/15 CITY WEEKLY: Dance Preview: RDT Link Series’ Matriarch: Reimagining who we might see on stage—and in the audience—for a dance performance.

Like institutions of all kinds, arts organizations are asking themselves questions about inclusion—what kind of voices, or bodies, have historically been prioritized, and how to shift those paradigms. For dancer/choreographer Jaclyn Brown, that idea extends from those we see on a stage to those we might see in the audience.

As part of Repertory Dance Theatre’s Link Series, Brown is presenting Matriarch, an evening-length work addressing themes of maternity. In part, it’s an opportunity to reimagine the notion of what a dancer looks like, beyond historical expectations for a very specific body type, born out of Brown’s own experience as a dancer and mother.


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  1. Essentially, the more visible the Spiral Jetty is, the lower water levels are due to drought.
    Essentially, lower water levels due to drought make the Spiral Jetty more visible.

    Or, as Noam Chomsky says, Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

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