Up & Upcoming to the South
SOUTH EASTERN UTAH
Moab Art Works UP: Distillations of the Western American Landscape, traditionally-made black and white photographs by Cissy Spindler opens Saturday October 4th.|above| Spindler, originally from Texas, currently lives in Solvang in Central California and teaches online photography courses for The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Central Utah Art Center UP: The Object Moved by its Own Success" An Exhibition, works by Alex Gross and Sandy Smith. German Alex Gross (hailing from Glasgow) and Sandy Smith of Glasgow, Scotland, are Pioneers in the Western United States. They have put 8,000 miles on their rental utility van/art studio seeking Hope/the Promised Land/America. They have found a landscape more hopeful, more vast, and more full of potential and visual over-stimulus than they can wrap their minds around; and they have found the simulacra of hope in the tourist walkways in national parks, billboards, national chain stores, televangelism, and stones that mysteriously glide across the desert floor. Their exhibition at the CUAC is the culmination of three exhibitions including work and ideas from their exhibitions in Seattle and Las Vegas. Their work will include sculptural, landscape-based installation, drawing, and video. October 3 to November 11. Opening Reception: Friday, Oct 3, 7pm.
ST. GEORGE AREA
St. George Art Museum
UP: The Art of Zion: A Century of Sanctuary.
To mark the 100th anniversary of
the St. George Art Museum hosts the most comprehensive exhibit of Zion ever mounted, a landmark three-part exhibiton on display August 25, 2008-January 24, 2009. The Historic exhibit showcases seventy-four paintings and photographs tracing the history of art in Zion Canyon beginning in 1870 and commencing decade by decade through changing styles and artistic movements to the present day. Artwork by famed artists Thomas Moran, Maynard Dixon, Ansel Adams, Frederick Dellenbaugh, Jack Hillers, and Gunnar Widforss will join the work of many other artists of national renown and local impact to form a panoramic history of Zion art. Through January 24
Sears Art Gallery
UP: Mythical Objects - Detached Realties,
showcases two of Utah's finest artists, featuring the ceramic work of Susan Harris and the paintings of Brian Hoover. Harris, who is currently a professor of art & design at Southern Utah University, is recognized as one of the top ceramicists in the country. Her work has been exhibited not only in Utah, but also nationally and internationally, in solo and group exhibitions (see page 7
). Hoover also serves as a professor of art at SUU, where he instructs students in painting and printmaking. His highly detailed and symbolic oil works are exhibited nationally and are part of many public and private collections throughout the country. Through November 4.
Randall L. Jones Theatre
UP: High School Shakespeare Competition based on the theme To Thine Own Self be True: Reflections From My Personal Portfolio.
Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery
UP:n Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits,
through October 21 (see page 5
Woodbury Art Museum
UP: The da Vinci Experience
an interactive exhibit of over 60 machines inspired by the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci that allows visitors a chance to see the master's genius up close (see July edition
). Through October 4.
BYU Harold B. Lee Library Exhibits
UPCOMING: Rachel Smith, October 7 - November 7 in the Auditorium Gallery, level 1. AND: Andrew Kosorok + Colin Nesbit, Alchemical Transmutations,
November 3 - December 2, 2008 in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Foyer, level 1.
Brigham Young University Museum of Art UP: Dismantling Geneva Steel: Photographs by Chris Dunker (see March edition), documenting the dismantling of the Geneva Steel Works in Vineyard, Utah. Through November 1.
AND: Turning Point: The Demise of Modernism and the Rebirth of Meaning in American Art, explores how two groups of American artists in the late 1960s rebelled against Modernist abstraction by creating artworks that directly challenged Modernism's theoretical tenets (see September edition). Through January 30.
UPCOMING: Windows on a Hidden World: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the BYU Museum of Art Collection offers museum visitors a glimpse into Japanese culture during its period of isolation by displaying many of the same woodblock prints that first circled the globe after the country opened to the world in 1854. Through January 17.
Springville Museum of Art
UP: Blaine & Louise Clyde Retrospective Exhibition.
Blaine P. and Louise Clyde have given remarkable support to the Springville Museum of Art for over 25 years, donating of their resources to enhance the Museum's collection and build a new wing. In honor of their contributions and on the occasion of Louise's 90th year, the Springville Museum of Art presents this retrospective exhibition displaying the artwork given to the Museum by them and the extended Clyde family. Through March 22, 2009.
AND: Unbound: Original Picture Book Art by Utah Illustrators. A collection of children's book illustrations; this exhibition showcases the work of 27 illustrators who have their roots in Utah.
Through October 16 (see page 6).
ALSO: The Art of J. Kirk Richards. Provo artist J. Kirk Richards has been gaining notoriety over the past decade for his skill, creativity, and unique manner of representation. Richards' show will focus mainly on self analysis and religious works of art. Through October 16 (see page 1).
Sego Art Center UP: Fort Phantasm, an exhibition of new paintings by Allan Ludwig, opening October 3. The Annex will feature 600X, an exhibition of paintings by Utah artist Ryan Bown. Through November 1.
Appropriating artistic devices from major currents of the history of art -- classical, modern and contemporary -- Allan Ludwig has created a body of paintings using all three, which are at once original, perplexing, and ingenuous. His compositions are minimal, yet complex through their various uses and combinations of artistic methods. They engage the viewer in an active perception of interplay and meaning. Ludwig uses contemporary iconography while utilizing traditional means - which ultimately allows for endless possibilities.
Ryan Bown constructs self contained universes, each mind boggling creations using a somewhat unlikely medium- Q-tips. The end results are, in Bown's case, always striking and iconic in their lucidity. Bown painstakingly places the Q-tips frontally, resembling Chuck Close's pixelated renderings (we can be assured that Bown spends much time at Walgreen's). Bown successfully employs an everyday utilitarian object as a medium of aesthetic and conceptual value.
The work takes a quantum leap from inner space using the minutia, insignificance and triviality of a Q-tip in manners which suggest the cosmos, even the entire universe. He has even created a veritable black hole using these tiny cotton swabs. The end result is comical, ironic and also very meaningful.
Maestro's Gelato Cafe (22 W Center St; 691-5550) UP: Photographs by Vanessa Harper
Coal Umbrella UP: New paintings by Duane Call.
Provo Community Church (175 N. Univ. Ave; 368-1180) UP: Works by local artists.
Legion (167 N University Ave, 718-3038) UP: Paintings and grip tape art by J.J. and Jesse Rader
UP: “I Would Fly,” new paintings by Ashley Mae Christensen..
Utah County Gallery
(151 S University Ave; 785-2059) UP: “Showing Off Utah Artists,” a juried show to be showing through November.
UP:“Plein Air Provo 2008.” An exhibit of works done in Plein Air as part of “Plein Air Provo 208.”.
Provo Community Church
(175 N. Univ. Ave; 368-1180) UP: Works by members of the congregation
Covey Center for the Arts
UP: Perspectives: Utah Lake and features three photographers: Brandon Allen, Travis Lovell and Tyson Monson.
(250 W Center, 273 W Center; 377-5700) A group show curated by Abe Kimball, as well as mixed media works by artists from the Center for Change.