440 S 400 W Suite H, SLC, UT 84101.
On Friday February 21, 2020, Nox Contemporary will be hosting the opening reception for the exhibition Miscellaneous Debris by Jerrin Wagstaff during the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll, from 6-9 p.m
Wagstaff’s paintings examine the nature of visual experience in the internet era and the anxiety of responding to a torrent of information. For Wagstaff painting is an activity of response, interpretation, and physical reconstruction calling into question how or if we can interpret authenticity any longer. In this body of work, the artist draws upon images culled from news media, staged catalogues, stadium events, and stills from reality tv. He likens this experience to a high school policy debate tactic known as ‘spreading’, which is to speak at an extremely high rate of speed with the intent that the opponent will be penalized for failing to respond to all arguments raised.
Individual themes of Wagstaff’s paintings drift between desire, loss, and identity. The painting “Mattek Sands”, depicting back to back US Open mixed doubles champion Bethanie Mattek Sands, raises questions such as ‘What does it mean to be winning in America?’, while “Aftermath 2” utilizes the wake of destruction caused by wildfires as a metaphor for violent deconstruction of identity and settling into new equilibriums. As a body, the works in Miscellaneous Debris highlight how our attempt to cherry pick from the deluge is both personal and universal, to each his own.
Jerrin Wagstaff earned his MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2006 and his BFA from Brigham Young University in 2003. Since graduating, his work has been included in several exhibitions locally and throughout the country. Recent exhibitions include a solo show, Conglomerate Landscapes, at Another Year in LA, Los Angeles, CA and the following group shows: Urban Plein Air, at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Odyssey II at Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Southern California Regional Exhibition at San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA (juried by Peter Frank), and Utah Ties at CUAC Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, Utah (juried by Adam Gildar). Jerrin is currently a resident at the Guthrie Artist Studios in downtown Salt Lake City, UT, a contributor for The Contemporary Art Digest, and an Instructor of Art at Brigham Young University.
Directions: The gallery is located in the Homeless Healthcare Clinic complex at 440 S 400 W, in the south west corner. If coming on I-15 take the 600 S exit (400 south exit if coming from the north) and turn left on 400 west, make a u-turn at 400 south and take your first right into the gating parking area and drive to the end, the gallery is the last door on your left, Suite H.
Miscellaneous Debris will be open to the public Monday Through Friday,11 am – 2 pm through Friday April 3rd. There will be a final reception during the March Salt Lake Gallery Stroll on Friday March 20th, from 6-9pm. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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