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Wendy Wischer: And There Was Light

Wendy Wischer: And There Was Light

For intermedia artists, installing a show is never a simple task. Where for artists working in more traditional media might simply ship the work off to a curator to install, for artists working with sound, light and moving parts, installation is not an afterthought, but part of the work. That’s...

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Enrique Vera at Mestizo

Enrique Vera at Mestizo

In theory, we look at each work of art individually; a bad painting by a famous painter is still a bad painting, while quality can stand in isolation. In reality, though, reputation and the aura of greatness are the original resumé, and a familiar body of work is like the...

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Finding Existence in the Depths of a Portrait: Jenny Morgan at CUAC

Finding Existence in the Depths of a Portrait: Jenny Morgan at CUAC

Perhaps what keeps each of these portraits fresh and distinctive, each one a learning experience, is that the subjects that are the vehicle for ontological experience are members of the artist’s intimate circle of close family and friends. That she knows each subject personally, and not merely from a candid...

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Gift to Self: The Wearable Art of Meredith Franck

Gift to Self: The Wearable Art of Meredith Franck

It was not my intention to buy myself a gift. I already own a Meredith Franck original, purchased many years ago. I simply wanted to interview her and write about her newest designs, influenced by her interest in abstract art. But there’s something magical about walking down the shadowy path...

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Seeing is Believing: Springville's Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah

Seeing is Believing: Springville’s Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah

Throughout history, when the vast majority of the populace was illiterate, the visual arts have been used to tell the stories and express the aspirations of religious and spiritual communities around the world. The arts could be a tool of enlightenment but also a tool of control, used to tell...

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Another Language's Ghost Town

Another Language’s Ghost Town

Another Language Performing Arts Company’s latest project Ghost Town is currently in development but is already generating excitement in artists across a number of disciplines. Ghost Town is a crowd-sourced, online event involving artistic work inspired byUtah ghost towns and will be unveiled in 2015 as the company’s signature, celebratory...

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Joe Norman's Bountiful World

Joe Norman’s Bountiful World

Joe Norman, showing this month at Gallery MAR, first came to our attention in 2009, when he was selected for that year’s iteration of the 35×35 exhibition, Artists of Utah’s showcase of the state’s young talent. As Norman explained in a video interview we recorded at the time, he had...

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Grant Fuhst's Plan-B

Grant Fuhst’s Plan-B

 Grant Fuhst had an idea. He and his wife love attending Plan-B Theatre in Salt Lake City, so last year he asked the company’s director, Jerry Rapier, if he would be willing to provide season tickets if Fuhst agreed to design the playbills for the company’s 2014-15 season. As it...

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Kim Schoenstadt's Block Plan Series: Provo

Kim Schoenstadt’s Block Plan Series: Provo

California artist Kim Schoenstadt has returned to Utah, where she received a warm welcome from the Brigham Young University Museum of Art (MOA): an entire gallery on the museum’s bottom floor has been devoted to one of the artist’s sprawling, architectural mash-ups. “Block Plan Series: Provo” spans two adjacent walls before extending three-dimensionally into the...

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No Fixed Address at The Leonardo

No Fixed Address at The Leonardo

by Sue Martin This month in The Leonardo’s human rights gallery space, the focus will be on people with “No Fixed Address.” Curator and Leonardo creative director Jann Haworth expects the exhibit will give the community an opportunity to learn about and talk about “shelter as a human right.” “Homelessness is a pejorative word,” says...

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As American as Apple Pie: Amy Jorgensen's Far From the Tree

As American as Apple Pie: Amy Jorgensen’s Far From the Tree

by Laura Allred Hurtado When you stop by the visitor’s desk at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, you’ll see a large glass bowl, placed there by curator Becca Maksym, topped full with apples. Red. Shiny. Delicious. The kind that greet you in hotel lobbies. As a fruit, it’s a sentinel of welcome, of home. In...

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Furrowed Lines Eye-Measured and Trued: Braden Hepner’s “Pale Harvest”

Furrowed Lines Eye-Measured and Trued: Braden Hepner’s “Pale Harvest”

by Larry Menlove Braden Hepner’s first novel, Pale Harvest (Torrey House Press), is a Sisyphean tale of a young man yearning for more than warm udders, manure, and the patience to make a straight-line furrow with an old tractor held together with bailing wire. The novel is set on a dairy farm in northern Utah,...

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From the Vault: Wendy Wischer

From the Vault: Wendy Wischer

Traces of an Image Wendy Wischer Wooded III 2013 Work on Paper 30″ x 20″ Wendy Wischer’s “Wooded III” is part of a series of drawings that use the beam of light from a laser cutter to create the images. The laser beam cuts through the paper leaving a slight burn mark on the edges....

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Amar Kanwar: A Season Outside at BYU's Museum of Art

Amar Kanwar: A Season Outside at BYU’s Museum of Art

You can be forgiven if you have a tendency, when visiting a museum, to pivot on your heel and turn around when you come across a projection room. They are becoming increasingly prevalent and the works on display can too often disappoint. Frequently the production quality is low, the imagery lackluster, and the purpose, if...

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Seeking Out the Wonder: Harry Taylor at Phillips' Dibble Gallery

Seeking Out the Wonder: Harry Taylor at Phillips’ Dibble Gallery

The works of the late Harry Taylor, now on exhibit at Phillips Gallery, teem with energetic life and vitality. With his unique sense of brevity, playful sense of humor and dynamic skills as a woodcarver (he managed to keep working even after he was diagnosed with ALS), Taylor created fantastical creatures and playful narratives that...

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After Work Wednesday: The Art Salon Experience at Whitespace Contemporary in Ogden

After Work Wednesday: The Art Salon Experience at Whitespace Contemporary in Ogden

“It’s well known that while it’s only a forty mile drive from Ogden to Salt Lake, it’s at least a hundred and forty miles from Salt Lake to Ogden.” With tongue thus firmly in cheek, Scott Patria, co-founder of the gallery venture he likes to call a “low profit social enterprise,” gently vents the frustration...

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New Conversations: The 2014 Performance Art Festival

New Conversations: The 2014 Performance Art Festival

by Marcela Torres This last Friday and Saturday the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Main Library Branch in downtown Salt Lake City hosted its second annual Performance Art Festival, curated by Utah native Kristina Lenzi. Fifteen artists, split evenly between local presenters and out-of-state artists, participated in the event. Performances, representing a diverse range of...

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Between Worlds: Bernard C. Meyers at Alice Gallery

Between Worlds: Bernard C. Meyers at Alice Gallery

“I love ambiguity,” Bernard Meyers says, and with that refreshingly unambiguous confession, highlights a principal characteristic of his photography. Ambiguity is what makes his photos—unlike the majority of images produced by today’s ever-more ubiquitous cameras—valid additions to our common visual language. Or in other words, works of art contemporary with the time of their making....

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jerry Vanleperen

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Jerry Vanleperen

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, 15 Bytes features Salt Lake City-based Jerry Vanleperen, an...

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Art In Your Home Brings Fine Art to People in Transitional Housing

Art In Your Home Brings Fine Art to People in Transitional Housing

by Sue Martin A recent art project points to the nature of art as the “intersection of many human needs,” to paraphrase a quote by contemporary artist Carl André. “Art in Your Home” provides a rare opportunity for people living in transitional housing to own an original work of art, bring art to populations often...

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