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Brian Snapp

Brian Snapp

Like one of his pieces at Finch Lane, the world is twisted, says Brian Snapp.  “Everything is twisted. It’s so layered and so twisted and so convoluted and it’s so hard to unpack what is going on in the world and how the hell we got here.” But with Snapp,...

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Michael Ryan Handley and Cara Despain at CUAC

Michael Ryan Handley and Cara Despain at CUAC

Michael Ryan Handley and Cara Depain, native son and daughter of Utah, returned to the state this month for solo exhibitions at CUAC, in Salt Lake City. Handley has been living in Philadelphia and New York City after finishing an MFA at Yale, and Despain has been working as an...

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Sarah May's Identity Retablos at Mestizo

Sarah May’s Identity Retablos at Mestizo

From the moment we take our first breath to the dying exhalation of our last, we explore our individual identity in a larger world. Artists have wrestled for centuries with the deep desire to know who they are within societies that often see individuality as something to be ashamed of...

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Lewis Crawford's Constructs at Finch Lane Gallery

Lewis Crawford’s Constructs at Finch Lane Gallery

“Everyone leaves marks, both physically and emotionally,” says Lewis Crawford. The artist, who is featured in a group show now up at Finch Lane, uses this philosophy to guide a conceptually fluid assortment of visual experiments, or “constructs.” Crawford’s works are simultaneously philosophical and simple—emphasizing the primal role of mark-making...

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Rosie Trump's Fill in the Blank at Sugar Space

Rosie Trump’s Fill in the Blank at Sugar Space

In Fall 2013, loveDANCEmore published a performance text by Rosie Trump, a Nevada- based choreographer. Since that time, the text has become fully realized as a performance, Fill in the Blank, to be presented at Sugar Space this month. When asked to describe the performance text in context, Trump says...

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That Thing You Love: Celebrating the National Parks

That Thing You Love: Celebrating the National Parks

Ever think you might be killing the thing you love by telling people about it? That if you let all the high rollers at Deer Valley and all the ski snobs with Alta passes know how great Brighton is (because the night skiing extends the season by a third) pretty...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Wade Bentley

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Wade Bentley

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each month, 15 Bytes 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 are featuring Salt Lake City-based poet C. Wade Bentley who...

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RDT's "Revere" Brings Collaborators to Celebrate Jose Limon

RDT’s “Revere” Brings Collaborators to Celebrate Jose Limon

Repertory Dance Theatre has a long tradition of collaborating with the arts community. It only makes sense for them to culminate their 50th anniversary season with a collaboration. “Revere” brings together various artists to honor José Limón, whose work has been part of RDT’s repertoire since 1967. The Salt Lake Vocal Artists, conducted by Brady Allred, world-renowned...

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A Bit of Fame, a Lot of Cash: Two Utah Installation Artists Win Prestigious State Fellowships

A Bit of Fame, a Lot of Cash: Two Utah Installation Artists Win Prestigious State Fellowships

Many apply but two are chosen. Each receives a little glory (spots in a couple of exhibits, an Artists of Utah/15 Bytes video profile) and big bucks – a $10,000 fellowship goes to each artist selected. No matching funds required. So, yeah, it’s a big deal. Every year, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums...

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Life's a Bitch and Then You Die: Stupid F**King Bird at SLAC

Life’s a Bitch and Then You Die: Stupid F**King Bird at SLAC

  Once upon a time, stories told through theater resonated with audiences because they explored uncomfortable yet real themes, but this power has been diminished by the popularity of theatrical productions with fairy-tale endings where love conquers all and conflicts are ultimately wrapped up in a tidy, sugar-coated bow. This is the lamentation of Con,...

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Third Time’s the Charm: Ririe Woodbury’s “Spring Season”

Third Time’s the Charm: Ririe Woodbury’s “Spring Season”

In the intimate space of the LeonaWagner Black Box Theater, Ririe Woodbury opened Spring Season with two premieres and one reconstructed work, concluding the company’s annual season with a show that is as virtuosic as it is contemplative. Joanna Kotze’s commission, “Star Mark,” begins with increasingly rapid projections of floral prints. With dancers clad in...

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Tom Judd

Tom Judd

“Go West, young man” was the catchphrase for generations of young Americans, urged to throw themselves into the rush of America’s Manifest Destiny. A century later, Tom Judd decided to go East, but the myth of the West was never left far behind, and this month the Salt Lake City “expatriate” brings to Modern West...

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Deceptively Simple: Laurel Caryn's History of Photography at Alice Gallery

Deceptively Simple: Laurel Caryn’s History of Photography at Alice Gallery

For generations of non-millennial students, the slide library, darkened lecture hall and distinctive hum and click of the slide projector were hallmarks of the educational experience. Prior to digital imaging and asking The Goog for any and all things, professors loaded slide carousels with small plastic squares holding positive film so that when the slides...

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Infinite Possibilities: Andrew Shaw Rocks to the Beat of a True Gemini

Infinite Possibilities: Andrew Shaw Rocks to the Beat of a True Gemini

Andrew Shaw is starting to feel the push on his time, but when asked how many more bands he sees in his future, he quickly says, “Infinite.” With such a prolific musical resume, Shaw has had experience diving into things and seeing them work out, and other times, not. As a leader, he’s brought many...

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Painterly Precision: Brad Teare's Woodcuts at Alpine Art

Painterly Precision: Brad Teare’s Woodcuts at Alpine Art

Brad Teare has been making woodcuts for more than 20 years. It’s a process he began during his career as a freelance illustrator. But as his work has progressed it’s become more painterly, in a precise sort of way. You will see that painterly progression in the largest exhibition of his woodcuts to date this...

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Erica Womack

Erica Womack

Despite my best efforts, I was running late to Mudson, a works in progress series presented by loveDANCEmore. As I rushed into the lobby of Sugar Space, my eyes just barely caught the long limbs of a dancer, clad in relaxed rehearsal clothes, finishing a swooping movement and coming to rest in a wide stance....

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A Passion for Art and Letters. And Cats: Remembering Pat Eddington

A Passion for Art and Letters. And Cats: Remembering Pat Eddington

Pat Eddington, 63, a Salt Lake City artist and much-honored teacher, died March 26 at University Hospital following a sudden illness. An artist with a distinctive visual style who had an expansive impact on our community, he was also a man consumed with teaching, with the world of rare books, numbered prints and the incredible...

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Melanie Rae Thon

Melanie Rae Thon

“Our only hope of finding grace was to tell our stories to each other,” writes Melanie Rae Thon in an essay titled “You Can’t Avoid Trouble: First, Body.” Both the line and the essay’s title are apt descriptions of Thon, who has been crafting graceful and haunting stories rife with bodily and spiritual harm for...

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Visual Splendor: Nina Tichava at Gallery MAR

Visual Splendor: Nina Tichava at Gallery MAR

Nina Tichava’s mixed-media paintings, now on exhibit at Park City’s Gallery MAR, are so easy to look at, so enticing to the hungry eye, that one might dismiss them too easily as mere eye candy, as inconsequential props in an interior designer’s stage set. And they are sweet to the first taste, seductive to the...

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Poetry as Mineralogy: Craig Dworkin's Conceptual Poetry Crystalizes in Alkali

Poetry as Mineralogy: Craig Dworkin’s Conceptual Poetry Crystalizes in Alkali

Craig Dworkin, a professor of English at the University of Utah, is a bright star in the avant-garde conceptual poetry movement.  Conceptual poetry is the opposite of what most people think of when they think of poetry.  Rather than using expressive language to explore the human condition, conceptual poets design their poems according to rules...

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Plan-B's Kingdom of Heaven: A Mormon Roadshow with an LGBT Message

Plan-B’s Kingdom of Heaven: A Mormon Roadshow with an LGBT Message

There is one topic du jour that seems repetitive: devout Mormons, lapsed Mormons, non-Mormons, all appear concerned lately (belatedly) with LGBT rights in the LDS Church. Books like the Mormon mystery His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison, so many newspaper articles and letters to the editor, and now the first original musical at Plan-B...

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