On the Spot | Visual Arts

Salt Lake City’s Trent Call

Trent Call was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2004 with a BFA and has been publishing the local art zine, Swinj, off and on since 1998. He is well-known for his graffiti-influenced paintings and prints, skateboard decks, and CD covers. In his upcoming exhibition at Ken Sanders rare books, Trent takes on a Utah favorite: the landscape. Twelve Rounds: Pin-up vs. Landscape The Paintings of Trent Call opens November 12th and continues through November 30th with a Gallery Stroll reception Friday, November 16th, 6-9 pm. As the Ken Sanders website says, “The two elements featured in this series of twelve oil paintings, Utah landscapes and 30s & 40s era pin-up girls, become unfamiliar by way of their juxtaposition in each work. With tongue firmly in cheek, Call’s girls make a nod to his background as an urban/graffiti artist as they whitewash, obliterate, and just simply overpower their surroundings. Attack of the fifty-foot women meets the sagebrush rebellion. Treehuggers beware!”


What hangs above your mantel? (We realize a lot of people don’t have one, so if you don’t just talk about the most prominent piece in your home)

well hot damn that is a hard one. Of the few pieces that I actually own in the house, I could narrow it down about two. One. a wall sculpture by Garrett Adkinson. it is an absolutely amazing form. stretched black painted fabric over a vertical spinal structure with one single pink drop falling parallel to pink drip down the middle. and Two would be an empty whiskey bottle painted by Brian Blackham. Soft, subtle. very quiet. Oil on Panel. absolutely beautiful

What is your favorite building in Utah?

I think it used to be the Red Man Building, now i suppose the Guthrie Building, the Rio Grande oh and the Ice Storage (i could be wrong) building on the corner of 600 west and 300 south. I ride past there all the time.

What is the most memorable exhibit you’ve seen recently? 

the LIFE AFTER DEATH: NEW LEIPZIG PAINTINGS at the Art Center for sure



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