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Logan Madsen: Artist Profile

Logan Madsen: Artist Profile

In 2006 Salt Lake artist Logan Madsen had his first solo exhibit, a series of floral paintings, at Art Access Gallery. He returns to the gallery this month with another solo exhibit, a series of paintings of a much more personal nature. Madsen, along with his sister Heather, have an...

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Plural & Partial @ Rio Gallery

Plural & Partial @ Rio Gallery

In Plural & Partial, curator Laura Hurtado has focused seven artists on a reading from Salman Rushdie: that as individuals we find ourselves incomplete, but we can ease this predicament by connecting to past selves, or we can look to the promise of the future, unknowable in detail but exercising...

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Susan Kirby at Williams Fine Art

Susan Kirby at Williams Fine Art

 Susan Kirby became an artist not by any decision but by a realization, an epiphany. She was 19, in Paris for a two-year study program, practicing a self-taught style she felt insecure about. A detached artist leads to complacency and the artist needs validation and Kirby realized hers in a...

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Modern West Fine Art

Modern West Fine Art

Diane Stewart and Donna Poulton sustain that Utah’s history is a rich palette by which to draw multiple artistic perspectives. By in large, Utah is excluded from the various hubs of Western art in the surrounding states of New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado. As such, Mountain West Fine Art attempts...

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Laura Hurtado

Laura Hurtado

Laura Hurtado, who curated the Plural and Partial show at the Rio this month, says she might throw into the mix a work of her own: a performance piece. The exhibit is about intergenerational relationships, so it seems appropriate that Hurtado is due to give birth to her third child...

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Lance Olsen's Theories of Forgetting

Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting

For fans of experimental or metamodern fiction, Lance Olsen is a well-known name. He has published over twenty volumes of fiction, essays, and “anti-textbook” work, with another forthcoming. There are few writers working today who are more prolific, inventive and as simultaneously micro- and macrocosmic in scope as Olsen. In...

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RDT's Land, in Dance and Art

RDT’s Land, in Dance and Art

One of Utah’s best artistic resources is its landsape. From the high-mountain country of the Uintahs to the wetlands of our inland sea to the redrock cliffs of the Colorado Plateau, the place in which we live provides a limitless source of material for artists. And not just for the...

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Cary Griffiths' Black Paintings

Cary Griffiths’ Black Paintings

Vulnerability will be on tap when the Art at the Main exhibits Cary Griffiths’ new show April 14th – May 10th, with an artist’s reception April 18th 6-9pm. While Griffiths is well known for dissonant mood work (read: expressionist abstract), Light in a Dark Place is a risk for him....

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Yebel Gallegos & Tara McArthur

Yebel Gallegos & Tara McArthur

This year has been one of great change for Ririe-Woodbury. In addition to celebrating the 50th Anniversary and welcoming new Artistic Director Daniel Charon the company has also welcomed new dancer Yebel Gallegos as they prepare to say goodbye to Tara McArthur. Rather than interview either, it seemed appropriate to...

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Draw Till You Drop: Kristina Lenzi and Gretchen Reynolds

Draw Till You Drop: Kristina Lenzi and Gretchen Reynolds

Several features can characterize works of Performance Art. One is duration. Performance artists often (not always) push the boundaries of their audience’s patience, creating a corner in time that proceeds according to the work’s inner tempo. The artist’s stamina can also be pushed – to exhaustion. Another feature that can...

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Winners at BDAC Statewide Annual

Winners at BDAC Statewide Annual

The Bountiful/Davis Art Center announced the winners of their Annual Statewide Competition at the Opening Reception Awards Ceremony Friday, March 7. BDAC Director Emma Dugal stated, “BDAC is bursting at the seams with art. The breadth and depth of talent in this show is impressive.” Awards are as follows: 1st Place: Michal Onyon from Bountiful, 1930’s Clown, Oil...

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Ballet at the Ladies' Literary Club

Ballet at the Ladies’ Literary Club

by Erin Kaser Romero The Salt Lake Municipal Ballet Co., directed by Sarah Longoria recently presented a collaboration with the local band St. Boheme. The show, titled SON ET LUMIÈRE (Sound and Light), was inspired by the collaboration between the musicians and dancers as well as the architecture of the Ladies’ Literary Club. Upon entering the performance...

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Strong Women at Art Access

Strong Women at Art Access

The term “strong women” may conjure images of female news-headliners, those who have risen to the top of their field or achieved fame in a male-dominated arena. You know the ones: the athletes, corporate CEOs, heads of state, or entertainment celebrities. But the Strong Women in the Art Access exhibit (through March 14th), painted by...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Phyllis Barber

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Phyllis Barber

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Today, 15 Bytes features Phyllis Barber who provides an excerpt from a narrative nonfiction work forthcoming from Quest Books about Barber’s twenty-year hiatus from Mormonism and her experiences with a variety of religions and spiritual persuasions that converted her to...

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co•da's Cause a Decision

co•da’s Cause a Decision

by Samuel Hanson The new crop of co•da dancers this season at Sugar Space are the tightest batch yet. In “Cause a Decision” they seemed determined to show off technical prowess and cohesiveness as a company. They succeed at that and took some notable risks along the way. In particular, they merit applause for making...

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Suite: Women Defining Space at Sugar Space

Suite: Women Defining Space at Sugar Space

by Erin Romero Salt Lake City has enjoyed its share of successful female choreographers and company directors for quite some time. However, there is no denying that the essential role of the female choreographer in modern dance has slowly evolved and is possibly dwarfed by many well-known and successful male dance makers. Of course there...

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Jerel Harwood: Identity Crisis

Jerel Harwood: Identity Crisis

How we present ourselves, in public and in private, has a huge bearing on how we define ourselves as human beings.  In our modern society presentation involves the clothes we wear, the make-up we use and the way we style our hair; but it also extends to external accessories like the car we drive, the...

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Utah's 15: The State's Most Influential Artists

Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists

About this time last year, Laura Durham had an idea: ask people to think about who they felt were the state’s most influential artists. As an arts administrator, she was tired of always having to justify or defend the arts community, so she wanted to get people thinking about how artists have influenced the cultural...

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Nancy Holt (1938 - 2014)

Nancy Holt (1938 – 2014)

  by Hikmet Sidney Loe On February 8th, 2014, American artist Nancy Holt passed away in New York City at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  Born in New Jersey in 1938, she lived a life firmly committed to her art, giving us new ways of perceiving space, time, and light. We in Utah claim her...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Lynn Kilpatrick

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Lynn Kilpatrick

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Today, 15 Bytes features writer Lynn Kilpatrick who provides an excerpt from a novella currently in process. Sunday Blog Read continues to collect a distinguished group of established and emerging Utah writers for your review and enjoyment. Past writers...

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Artist Profile: Paul Davis

Artist Profile: Paul Davis

Paul Davis likes his studio dark. He compares the former garage — now rendered useless by the roof-high pile of firewood in front of its doors — to “the bat cave.” Inside, where the windows are blacked-out, the only natural light comes from a small skylight that the artist keeps mostly obstructed. “It’s a little...

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On Medium, Narrative, and Great Salt Lake

On Medium, Narrative, and Great Salt Lake

CLUI (directed by Matthew Coolidge with a dedicated corps of staff and volunteers) trains an objective eye on the land, resulting in photographs, videos, articles, lectures, and regional tours that reflect the myriad ways we use the land. Tacita Dean, on the other hand, employs the mediums of painting, drawing, and film to create narrative,...

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