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Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O'Connell

Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O’Connell

John O’Connell’s new work fascinates on several levels: they are abstracted 3-D compositions with spare painted portions that beg for lots of time to absorb. Mark-making and writing are there but mostly obscured beyond recognition; inexplicable cuts are evident in the surfaces of the structures, some modular sections are almost...

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From the Eyes of a Child: Brian McCarty's WAR-TOYS at the Woodbury Museum of Art

From the Eyes of a Child: Brian McCarty’s WAR-TOYS at the Woodbury Museum of Art

No one is as greatly affected by the violence of war as children. The most vulnerable population, children absorb the physical, emotional and psychological traumas of war in unique ways. Brian McCarty’s exhibit WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip, at the Woodbury Art Museum through March 16th, approaches this...

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Avant Raw: Christian Asplund creates a home for experimental music in Provo

Avant Raw: Christian Asplund creates a home for experimental music in Provo

“When I was a student, the feeling was composers were super nerdy, academic, and kind of out of it,” says Christian Asplund. “Composers were the pocket protector guys.”  Asplund didn’t see himself in that vein, but he knew he wanted to write and perform music since grade school. Growing up...

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UMOCA's "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be" takes a look at the present we never imagined

UMOCA’s “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be” takes a look at the present we never imagined

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times . . .” So Charles Dickens celebrated an era that has resonated far too often with human history, but perhaps never more so than it does with the Americas today. In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens captured...

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Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting's Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Between Where I Was and Here: Clinton Whiting’s Home!/? explores the emotional dynamics of foster care

Our attention was riveted first by the election. Then, the transition. And now by the new administration. Political engagement in America seems to be surging, with people from both sides of the political spectrum taking to the streets. One wonders, though, if that energy will be turned into more civic...

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String Theory: Steve Smock turns to his engineering skills for a new body of large-scale paintings at JGO Gallery

String Theory: Steve Smock turns to his engineering skills for a new body of large-scale paintings at JGO Gallery

Originally from a small Midwest town in rural Indiana, Steve Smock moved to Utah for its alluring outdoor adventure and rugged nearby mountains. An avid biker, Smock found a home in Salt Lake City’s cycling scene as a bike technician in various shops around the city. So when Smock, who...

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Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman's stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Threads on the Margins: Erin Coleman’s stains and stitches at The Gallery at Library Square

Long ago relegated to the domestic sphere, embroidery is often seen as a decidedly feminine form of labor. Which is why, taking a renewed interest in practices such as textile work and ceramics, feminist art sought to question society’s often demeaning classifications of such mediums as ”women’s work.“ Salt Lake...

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Analytical Aesthetics: Jylian Gustlin’s Entropy brings a good dose of STEM to Gallery MAR

Analytical Aesthetics: Jylian Gustlin’s Entropy brings a good dose of STEM to Gallery MAR

The complexity and depth of Jylian Gustlin’s paintings are the true intersection of science and art. Entropy, the Bay Area painter’s current exhibition at Gallery Mar in Park City, is a vision of calculated beauty that results from infusing technology, mathematical theory and creative expression into a body of work...

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Vessels from a Hindu goddess to Mae West: Paisley Rekdal’s Imaginary Vessels.

Vessels from a Hindu goddess to Mae West: Paisley Rekdal’s Imaginary Vessels.

Paisley Rekdal, who won the 2013 15 Bytes Book Award in Poetry for “Animal Eye” (as well as an impressive number of other fancier prizes), has published a new book of poetry with the prestigious Copper Canyon Press. As with her previous books, Imaginary Vessels is sheer pleasure to read. Words tumble over each other...

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Art Access announces new Executive Director Shandra Benito

Art Access announces new Executive Director Shandra Benito

“We are fortunate to have found the right leader at the right time,” says Art Access board chair Virginia Gowski about the hiring of their new Executive Director, Shandra Benito. “She passionately and genuinely believes in the mission of our organization and has a proven track record of working within various communities to provide programs...

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Asking "What If . . .": Stacy Phillips and the Creative Life

Asking “What If . . .”: Stacy Phillips and the Creative Life

One of the most annoying questions you can ask an artist is: “How long did this take to make?” Stacy Phillips’ solo exhibit at Trove Gallery, opening Dec. 30, demonstrates the long gestation time it takes to bring creative ideas to life. In fact, it provides a glimpse into the nonlinear way an artist can,...

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Fun in Public Spaces: Lewis J. Crawford and Phoebe Berrey at the Gallery at Library Square

Fun in Public Spaces: Lewis J. Crawford and Phoebe Berrey at the Gallery at Library Square

The Gallery at Library Square boasts a unique perspective, allowing its audience to peer from its tidy enclosure over the fourth floor railing and into the towering abyss of the library’s atrium. Yet so quick are we to become inured to experience that this once acrophobia-inducing encounter has, for most of us, long since ceased...

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Movement Matters: Dance in Times of Adversity

Movement Matters: Dance in Times of Adversity

Attending two performances addressing themes of gender, sexuality, race, and power in Salt Lake City over the same weekend in November was disorienting. UMOCA’s When Flesh Becomes Matter: Bodies Unbounded, by choreographer Yasin (Ya-Ya) Fairley, and the University of Utah School of Dance’s Gender/Power, by Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey alongside U of U students,...

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Painting on Hallowed Ground: A new exhibition and publication explore the landscapes of the Mormon Trail

Painting on Hallowed Ground: A new exhibition and publication explore the landscapes of the Mormon Trail

In a new exhibit and publication from The Church History Museum, John Burton, Josh Clare and Bryan Mark Taylor travel the Mormon Trail with paints in hand.

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Sacred Art for Secular Times: New Work by J. Kirk Richards

Sacred Art for Secular Times: New Work by J. Kirk Richards

At a private event in his Woodland Hills home this past month, J. Kirk Richards unveiled his newest body of art, including 2-D and 3-D work, further establishing his reputation as an impressive artist able to create works that speak both to a local, religious audience as well as to a broader art-loving public ....

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A New Way of Seeing and Painting

A New Way of Seeing and Painting

Not all artists see the same. The difference between the way a novice sees a scene and how a seasoned artist views it can be great, and can be the key between a good painting experience and a frustrating one. The serious student artist needs to see in a new way. This new way of...

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An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

This past September, after I came home from a weeklong river trip, a friend told me I needed to read Alex Caldiero’s new book, Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance (Saltfront, 2016). The book is a facsimile of a poetic journal Caldiero kept on a six-day trip on the Colorado River through Cataract...

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Sometime in the 1980s, art world observers began to notice that artists were often among the first entrepreneurs to move into neighborhoods widely considered uninhabitable, where they would jump-start what soon became the gentrification process. It would have been in large, coastal American cities’ industrial and warehouse areas that this phenomenon first received predominantly negative...

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Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

  The windows of the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, which is cradled in a redrock canyon just outside Zion National Park, look out on a landscape that visually reverberates with the abstracted canyons and flora on display within. In a hand-in-glove match between venue and artwork, the Center hosts the exhibit Lines in Nature:...

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Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Exhibiting at Modern West Fine Art this month, the traditionally trained painter Ben Steele chooses subjects that hark back to a universal and nostalgic American childhood. From Kennewick, Washington, and educated first at the University of Utah and then at the apprenticeship program in Helper—under the instruction of artists David Dornan and Paul Davis—Steele’s Western...

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Sarina Villareal's Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

Sarina Villareal’s Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

From mysterious murals deep inside Paleolithic caves, to movable adornment for Renaissance merchants, art is something malleable, reflective of the space and time in which it exists. Art was one thing when it was made for the magnificent churches of Venice, like San Marco and San Lorenzo, and became another when it was created for...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jan C. Minich

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. 15 Bytes regularly offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today we present Jan C. Minich, who divides his time between Wellington,...

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RDT's Brio: A Night of Smith & Shapiro

RDT’s Brio: A Night of Smith & Shapiro

I typically leave Repertory Dance Theatre performances feeling satisfied by an evening of enjoyable, well-crafted dances, and Thursday night’s Brio program was no exception. Brio features five works by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith. Several creations were by both members of the choreographic duo; others were created by Smith, who continues to choreograph following Shapiro’s...

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