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Lenka Konopasek: Debris Pile Landscapes at Nox Contemporary

Salt Lake City
Jan. 15 – Apr. 2

On Friday January 15th 2021, Nox Contemporary will present the exhibition Debris Pile Landscapes by Lenka Konopasek. There will be a public reception that evening, during the Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll, from 6-9 p.m.

Because of COVID-19, all safety measures will be taken to insure a safe experience for all. We will require all to wear masks when entering the gallery, will enforce social distancing of 6 feet for those not in the same household and will limit the amount of people that can be in the gallery at one time. We will also not be serving refreshments and the restroom facilities will be closed to the public.

For many years Lenka Konopasek has explored the subject of natural and human made disasters.  Using the languages of painting, sculpture and installation she addresses the collision between nature and people.  Coming from her personal anxieties as well as world events the work speaks of longevity, the consequences of human behavior and the differences in cultural and national attitudes.

Her most recent body of work are paintings that move more towards the abstract and are “landscapes” created from endless piles of discarded material that are a result of human activity.  Refuse piles, garbage dumps and accumulated collections of detritus from major disasters and conflict are records we leave behind of our existence.

Fascinated by what is left behind and what it reflects of the present moment, Lenka sees it as a telling commentary of the reality of our daily rampant consumption and the impact we are leaving on the world.  At the same instance that she finds this repulsive and scary she also finds them visually intriguing and even beautiful.  Her work is a conversation within that space between the visual intrigue and the conscience of consequence that it depicts.

Lenka Konopasek is a Czech born painter and mixed media artist.  She graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. After immigrating to the United States, Lenka received a BFA degree from University of Utah and MFA degree from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She has attended artist residencies in Vermont Studio Center, Chicago Art Institute, UMOCA, Minnesota and Czech Republic.

She has exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally and has completed several large Utah based public art projects. Her work has been featured in a number of publications including New American Paintings & Studio Visit Magazine. In 2018, Lenka was awarded the Utah Visual Arts Fellowship. She has co-owned and operated an experimental contemporary art gallery in Salt Lake City & Denver, and has worked for UMOCA, the Visual Art Institute and The Utah Arts Festival. Konopasek currently teaches studio art classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and Westminster College.

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 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.  If you are coming from the north on I-15 take the 400 south exit and turn left on 400 west and follow the instructions above from there.

Debris Pile Landscapes will be open by appointment to the public through Friday, April 2nd, 2021. There will be additional receptions during the monthly Salt Lake City Gallery Strolls during February and March. For more information and to make an appointment please contact john@johnsproul.com.

Nox Contemporary
440 south 400 west ste h
Salt Lake CityUT 84101

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