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Russell Wrankle

Russell Wrankle

I like to use animals to make a visual narrative of the human condition—the way that Aesop’s Fables did, to explore human personalities and types,” Russell Wrankle says. “So all my work is about the human condition, primarily using the animal as a starting point in that conversation. They have...

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You Are Here: Svavar Jonatansson and Jared Steffensen's Takes on Place at the Kimball Art Center

You Are Here: Svavar Jonatansson and Jared Steffensen’s Takes on Place at the Kimball Art Center

We’ve all been guilty of it — visiting an exotic locale, taking a few shots of its iconic attractions, and feeling like we’ve captured the essence of the place. If we’re alert, we come home and realize that everyone else has a shot of Venice’s gondolas from St. Mark’s Square,...

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Patricia Johanson's Monumental Public Art

Patricia Johanson’s Monumental Public Art

Public art matters.  That is the takeaway message from viewing Patricia Johanson’s monumental public artwork in Sugar House, Salt Lake City. It matters, and in the hands of a seasoned and passionate artist, it matters deeply and is successfully translated to the public. Johanson’s environmental work —with the Echo Canyon...

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Sean Morello’s Constellations & Supersymmetries at UMOCA

Sean Morello’s Constellations & Supersymmetries at UMOCA

Successive movements in art don’t make what follows necessary; what they do is make it possible: liberating subject matter from representation, a goal of Modernism that took decades, for example, made abstraction acceptable to the public. In his current exhibition of collages at UMOCA, Sean Morello, an artist exquisitely alert...

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Montello Foundation Residencies

Montello Foundation Residencies

Minimizing one’s impact on the land is always the dilemma (“any human footprint is a footprint”), yet the foundation’s idea is to go outward from that space. Artists can raise awareness of the environment, and determine how their awareness can be translated into something that can be understood: “As an...

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The Cost of Anything at Alice Gallery

The Cost of Anything at Alice Gallery

Yes, all these works existed, and had probably been shown independently, but then their makers agreed to remake them: to transform art into meta-art, moving them one step up the ladder of allegory (meta=beyond), making them self-referential as well. They agreed, in response to an assertion by Henry David Thoreau . . . ‘The cost...

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There is a Hunger: The Relentless Jeff Metcalf

There is a Hunger: The Relentless Jeff Metcalf

Jeff Metcalf is fresh off a trip to Bermuda when we sit down for an interview in mid-May. He is tanned and claims to have put on a few extra pounds from “island drinks and island food.” He has also just returned from an appointment at Huntsman Cancer Institute where he received some good news...

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Shawn Porter and Ron Russon at the Co-Lab

Shawn Porter and Ron Russon at the Co-Lab

Shawn Porter and Ron Russon were childhood friends who grew up in Lehi, Utah, and though both have become professional artists — Porter an installation artist, Russon a painter — they had never worked together until we brought them together for Artists of Utah’s May co-lab. In this video interview they discuss their attempt to...

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Untamed Rebellion: The Custom Car Art of Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth

Untamed Rebellion: The Custom Car Art of Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth

America has a way of normalizing rebellion. Beat poets in smoky coffee shops turned into hipster coders in Starbucks; the opt-outs of surf culture were transformed into commercial commodities packaged by Gidget and The Beach Boys; and the body art once reserved for sailors has become a rite of passage for 21st-century housewives. Mid-century hot-rod...

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Claudia Sisemore

Claudia Sisemore

Teacher, artist and filmmaker Claudia Sisemore was “hot stuff” when she was 21, says Layne Meacham of his former Hillside Junior High teacher. “All the guys would talk about her and her silver Jag XKE,” the Salt Lake City artist recalls. Local artist Trent Thursby Alvey, then an 8th-grade creative-writing student of Sisemore’s, agrees:  “She...

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Et in Utah Ego at Mestizo

Et in Utah Ego at Mestizo

Utah houses some of the world’s most stunning geological wonders and Mestizo Institute of Culture and Art’s newest exhibition, Et in Utah Ego, acknowledges and challenges these markers of Utah’s local identity. The show, curated by Mestizo’s director Renato Olmedo-González, presents over 100 small photographs taken from locations across the state with an iPhone camera....

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David Dee Fine Arts in Sugarhouse

David Dee Fine Arts in Sugarhouse

In October, 2014, David Dee quietly opened David Dee Fine Arts. True to his personality, the vision for the gallery is understated, deliberate and impeccable. The gallery, small but fine, is not glitzy and has no street presence. But the beauty and brilliance lie within. Carefully curated, the paintings have been assembled with a particularly...

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Bountiful Now: Howa Gallery adds a new exhibition space to Salt Lake's neighbor to the north

Bountiful Now: Howa Gallery adds a new exhibition space to Salt Lake’s neighbor to the north

  Thomas J. Howa’s recently opened gallery is intimate, eclectic and a lot of fun.  That’s not to say he doesn’t have a roster of some of Utah’s most well-respected artists. And he’s tossed in several lesser-known painters, like Sierra Dickey and Tyler Swain, graduates from USU with bachelor’s degrees in fine arts. “Both are...

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New Home in an Old Building: The BDAC finds a space back in Bountiful

New Home in an Old Building: The BDAC finds a space back in Bountiful

After two years of operating out of a temporary home in Farmington, the Bountiful Davis Art Center (BDAC) has returned to Bountiful’s Main Street, inaugurating their exciting new space on the corner of 100 North with their annual statewide exhibition and a piano marathon. In 2013, the BDAC moved to the Memorial Courthouse in Farmington...

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Adjunct: Four Artists Who Show What They've Learned

Adjunct: Four Artists Who Show What They’ve Learned

  Contemplating Karin Hodgin-Jones’ two remarkable machines, both titled “Tug,” what may well come to mind are the unquenchably popular inventions of Leonardo da Vinci: the ornithopter and the aerial screw that couldn’t fly, the parachute and the diving suit that would almost certainly have killed their users. Each was so much more beautiful than...

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Three Ways of Reading Tim Erickson's "Egopolis"

Three Ways of Reading Tim Erickson’s “Egopolis”

  Egopolis (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2015) by Tim Erickson $12.95 80 pp     Reviewed by C. Wade Bentley Tim Erickson’s new book of poetry, Egopolis, is not about to greet you at the door with a plate of cookies when you come knocking. There’ll be no sitting on the sofa while the poet...

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Gretchen Dietrich honored as one of "30 Women to Watch"

Gretchen Dietrich honored as one of “30 Women to Watch”

Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), is being honored this month as one of Utah Business magazine’s 2015 “30 Women to Watch.” The magazine’s annual recognition program spotlights women business leaders who have distinguished themselves across a diverse range of fields, from banking to healthcare. Dietrich was featured along...

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