Salt Lake City
September 13 – November 1
Using printmaking to explore their relationship with their surrounding natural environment, artists and Utah State University professors Kathy Puzey, Amanda Lee, and Holland Larsen showcase current works in
Amidst, a new exhibition at the Alice Gallery.
The exhibition opens on September 13 and runs through November 1, with an artist reception on October 18 from 6-9pm during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition is presented by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums at the Alice Gallery, located at the historic Glendinning Mansion at 617 East South Temple in Salt Lake City, which is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All three artists showcase elemental characteristics of printmaking in their work – marks created by carving into wood, layering of ink to create depth of color, multiples and repetition, democratic distribution of ideas, and half-tone images. Each piece begins with quiet observation, an artist teasing out the experience of moments in-between, amidst the external and internal.
Duality and experience of nature are a through line for all three artists. Puzey is fascinated with the back-and-forth of wilderness and control. Her humility in the face of nature is contrasted with a tugging urgency to impose, inspect, and rearrange. Lee mediates the experience of nature through the mechanics of photographic image and explores the rational versus the intuitive with hand drawn marks and selective opacity. Larsen abstracts nature and its systems, ones that contain and gather, to make an object from image. Intentional and intuitive marks balanced with formal considerations of color, form, and pattern guide the content of each piece.
The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visit visualarts.utah.gov.