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Karen Horne: Night and Day

Karen Horne: Night and Day

 In his 1863 essay “The Painter of Modern Life,” Charles Baudelaire stated that ‘modernity’ required, “above all a man of the world to fulfill. He has every-where sought after the fugitive, fleeting beauty of present-day life, the distinguishing character of that quality which, with the reader’s kind permission, we have...

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Bikuben at UMOCA

Bikuben at UMOCA

For her inaugural project as associate curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Rebecca Maksym envisioned an exhibition that sheds light on a nationality of immigrants not commonly referenced in American migrational history. Rather than a strictly historical chronology, Maksym preferred to think about migration in conceptual and...

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Jared Lindsay Clark and Makia Sharp at CUAC

Jared Lindsay Clark and Makia Sharp at CUAC

 The nature of perception, the artist’s vision and viewer responsiveness is a topic that concerns all of art, in every facet, from every place and time, from every artist, and from every viewer.  From a visitor to a gallery or museum in Salt Lake City to a pedestrian standing in...

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Brenda Mallory at Julie Nester

Brenda Mallory at Julie Nester

. . . Mallory’s preferred materials are handmade papers, cloth, wax, fiber, strings, and ink, with which she produces lines and surfaces for them to articulate. Her most characteristic objects are clusters of vessels that aggregate ambiguously on a wall—part natural populations, part fabricated clusters. In much of her earlier...

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ColLABorART 2014

ColLABorART 2014

 You don’t necessarily go into art because you play nice with others: artists are generally solitary creatures, the studio a temple for personal expression. So when we asked seven pairs of artists to come into The Leonardo’s Art Lab to create large-scale collaborative projects during the Utah Arts Festival, we...

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Light on the Reef: En Plein Watercolor Adventure in Capitol Reef

Light on the Reef: En Plein Watercolor Adventure in Capitol Reef

“Hardy” is a good adjective to describe plants that grow in our desert environment. The same word describes artists who choose to paint outdoors, en plein air, in heat, wind, snow, cold, pretty much year round. Do I have “the right stuff” to paint along with the hardiest of the...

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Cedar City's Gallery Gala

Cedar City’s Gallery Gala

In March of this year ground was broken for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts on the campus of Southern Utah University. Adorned with a tree-lined walkway and sculpture gardens, the center will serve as home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s new outdoor theatre as well as its...

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The Business Side of Films

The Business Side of Films

 . . . If I wanted to accept all financial responsibility—and personal liability—I could simply act on my own in the creation of the film and take all of the risk, clearly establishing the roles of other participants and indemnifying them of any financial responsibility explicitly in their individual contracts....

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Ron Spears Designs New Forever Stamp

Ron Spears Designs New Forever Stamp

These days, unless you’re a philatelist you probably don’t have much reason to handle stamps. Maybe to mail a card to that grandmother who likes getting her mail old school. Even then you might opt for a generic “forever” stamp or some online metering system. As stamps increasingly become another artifact from a bygone era,...

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The Family of Things at Alice Gallery

The Family of Things at Alice Gallery

  Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things. —from Wild Geese by Mary Oliver The Alice Gallery offers one of the finest exhibition spaces around: intimate,...

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New Points of View at Ballet West's Innovations

New Points of View at Ballet West’s Innovations

Each year Ballet West puts convention aside for “Innovations” and this year’s concert is no exception. From a visibly pregnant Katherine Lawrence adding depth and complexity to “The Sixth Beauty,” by guest artist Matthew Neenan, to Arolyn Williams leading audience members on pedestrian pathways in a premiere by company member Chris Anderson, the show challenges...

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In Memoriam: Nel Ivancich (June 11, 1941- April 2, 2014)

In Memoriam: Nel Ivancich (June 11, 1941- April 2, 2014)

It was a prolonged, rugged battle that artist Nel Ivancich very much did not want to lose. Pancreatic cancer had already claimed two of her four sisters – food grown for years in a garden atop a Utah tailings site was suspect – and she knew the awful drill. She fought hard. But on April...

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Dave Malone: Getting Cozy with Today's Abstraction

Dave Malone: Getting Cozy with Today’s Abstraction

This past weekend was a celebration of abstract art in Salt Lake City, with the top tier of the state’s abstractionists exhibiting at Salt Lake’s Rio Gallery. This dazzling exhibit of the brightest and best includes Dave Malone, who is also featured in a solo exhibit this month at Phillips Gallery. Malone’s abstraction is one...

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Utah's Art-o-mat: $5 for Your Art Fix

Utah’s Art-o-mat: $5 for Your Art Fix

If you attended the Mountain West Arts Conference earlier this month, you might have thought the Utah Cultural Celebration Center was peddling cigarettes. Because yes, that was a cigarette vending machine you saw, but one that has been transformed to sell something hopefully as addictive: art. Last month, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums...

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Lucha Libre: Jorge Rojas at Studio Elevn

Lucha Libre: Jorge Rojas at Studio Elevn

Mil Mascaras prowls the large alcove at the corner of the gallery like a trapped, feral animal: circling, pacing, as though seeking a way out? Or a way in? His lithe, wrestler’s body is tense as he speaks earnestly, then suddenly strikes an aggressive pose, resumes pacing, then pounces again. His movements strike a familiar,...

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Gallery Roll Scavenger Hunt, and Our Picks For This Month's Shows

Gallery Roll Scavenger Hunt, and Our Picks For This Month’s Shows

Mother Nature looks like she’ll be cooperating tonight for the annual Salt Lake Gallery Roll. It will be a pleasant spring evening in the Rockies, so it’s a great idea to take your bike from gallery to gallery, 6 to 9 pm. And in partnership with Blue Copper Coffee Roasters, Gallery Stroll is hosting a...

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Father, Son, and the End of the Road: Kirk Millson’s 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood, A True Story

Father, Son, and the End of the Road: Kirk Millson’s 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood, A True Story

reviewed by Larry Menlove For a father, raising a son is fraught with missteps and reversals, aggravation and joy. I can say this with confidence having raised a couple of sons of my own and still working on a third. The hardest part is finding ways to relate. I’ve tried all the old standbys on...

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Artist Profile: Howard Brough and the Comically Grotesque

Artist Profile: Howard Brough and the Comically Grotesque

For years, Howard Brough helped artists hang their work at the Salt Lake City Library. Measuring twice before nailing, righting a frame with a level, carefully adjusting lighting . . . scores of local artists can attest that his work was meticulous. But by his own admission it was not always wholehearted. “It was great...

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Woody Shepherd at Modern West Fine Art

Woody Shepherd at Modern West Fine Art

This is a canvas whose magic is realized almost immediately, and again, we cannot disqualify Shepherd and his vision of nature, and must allow him to share his vision of autumn as he sees it with his viewer — the deep raspberry magentas, the sinewy fuchsia that tangles through the composition, the mixture of violet...

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Stephanie Leitch: The Mote and the Beam

Stephanie Leitch: The Mote and the Beam

A child with a predilection for solitude seeks a quiet corner for an uninterrupted afternoon’s reading or drawing, where the couch she settles on sneezes up an invisible spray of dust. Then, when a beam of sunshine enters a window and catches the motes still hanging in the air, a rectangular cloud, shaped by the...

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