The Alice Gallery this month opens Portrait as Narrative and Narrative as Portrait, an exhibit featuring three Utah artists, though visitors would be forgiven if they mistook it for the work of four. Exhibiting artist Rebecca Pletsch makes her impact felt in two distinct mediums, painterly oils and photographic collages. Full of opposing tensions – contradiction and agreement, aggression and harmony, rejection and embrace – the works nevertheless manage to galvanize into cohesive wholes. Her emotive paintings and narrative collages unearth tremendous meanderings of meaning, where the world of truth and the immensity and nature of reality are introduced as one and the same. This is thanks to the efforts of a very contemplative oeuvre that takes existentialism for a test drive and opens many doors that leaves the viewer bedazzled and amazed by the possibilities of existence.
Read Ehren Clark’s look at the work of Rebecca Pletsch in the February 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.
Ehren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer living in Salt Lake City.