Exhibitions | Salt Lake Area Exhibitions

John Sproul’s “Body Body Body” at Nox Contemporary

Salt Lake City
April 17 – June 12
Opening reception, April 17, 6-9 p.m.

440 S 400 W Suite H, SLC, UT 84101.


Body Body Body, an exhibit of 6 large paintings, is quite different than the work we are used to seeing from John Sproul. In many ways it is the opposite of the work he exhibited at The Gallery at Library Square last year. Where you had isolated minimalistic figures devoid of reference to the outside world you now have raw, orchestrated compositions deeply embedded in the world (whether it be a landscape or ideas dictated through stenciled words) full of paint, but one thing remains the same – they are all about the body. “I have tried to leave the body behind on occasion (as I have also tried to leave behind painting), but have been unsuccessful – I just cant. I suppose it makes sense because my body has significantly affected the way I have lived my life and who I am. As a child I was mildly obese, puberty made me tall and lean and “desired”; in my twenties I began to lose my hair; in my thirties I became hypoglycemic; in my forties I developed rosacea and carbohydrate intolerance; and now in my fifties my strength and energy is beginning to leave me. What else could I do but make work about the body?”

To John being an artist is about seeing, trying to see more, understanding and trying to understand more. “ I want to know “us”, how we connect, why we are, why we do and so on and that begins with trying to understand those things about me and moving out from there”. For John, this isn’t about the answer it is about the question – “ An answer is an end, but a question will open and lead my mind from place to place, from question to question and that is what excites me”. What does the body mean? What can the body tell us about a person? Why does the body have this undefinable knowability , this “otherness”, and what is it and can I ever know it? Are some of the questions he has encountered in his journey through his creative process. When you see this exhibit come prepared with your own questions, but do not expect answers. Instead, look on the experience as E.E. Cummings put it “Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question”.

John Sproul has been a professional artist almost 30 years and has been actively involved in the art community. He has exhibited throughout the United States, (including New York and extensively in Los Angeles), parts of Europe and Malaysia. Some of the venues he has exhibited in include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; The Painting Center, New York; the Bipolar Projects in Barcelona; Galerie Metanoia in Paris; The Kunstwerk Carlshutte in Germany; and the Sienna Art Institute in Italy. As an advocate for the arts he served on the UMFA’s FOCA Executive Committee from 2006-2013 and was Chair in 2013. He co-founded and directed the Art Group (2007-2015, 2019 – present); founded and directed the Foster Art Program (2008-2011); founded and directed the Utah Contemporary Art Think Tank (2010-2011); and currently owns and operates Nox Contemporary Art Gallery (a project oriented, non-commercial gallery).

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.

Body Body Body will be open 11 am – 2pm Mon-Fri and by appointment to the public through Friday, June 12, 2020. There will be a second reception on Friday May 15, 6-9pm. For more information and to make an appointment please contact john@johnsproul.com.

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