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April 2012
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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50 South Main Street Sky Bridge by Portia Snow
125 South Main Street by Portia Snow
City Creek Center by Portia Snow
Gallivan Center 239 South Main Street by Portia Snow
65 West 100 South by Portia Snow
Fairfax Road and Virginia Street by Portia Snow

Fairfax Road and Virginia Street by Portia Snow
Fairfax Road and Virginia Street by Portia Snow
50 South Main Street Sky Bridge by Portia Snow
50 South Main Street Sky Bridge by Portia Snow
by Portia Snow
In Plain Site: Downtown Salt Lake
Salt Lake's Textures and Patterns

As the current exhibit on Islamic art at BYU demonstrates, a culture that eschews the figure can still produce magnificent visual art. Portia Snow, who shot this month's In Plain Site photo shoot, would do just fine in an iconoclast society. Well, she might not like the veil or the burqa; but as she shows with these images taken around Salt Lake, she certainly has an eye for design. You may recognize some of the objects, but do you know where the patterns and textures are from? Makes you want to go find out, huh? That's the whole idea of our upcoming app, Art Lake City. In the meantime, hold your mouse over a thumbnail and a text box will drop down to tell you the locations of Portia's shots.

746 16th Avenue by Portia Snow
46th South State Street by Portia Snow
125 South State Street by Portia Snow
Fairfax Road and Virginia Street by Portia Snow
48 South State Street by Portia Snow
746 16th Avenue by Portia Snow
Fairfax Road and Virginia Streeet by Portia Snow
746 16th Avenue by Portia Snow
65 West South Temple by Portia Snow
Fairfax Road and Virginia Street by Portia Snow
A street zig-zag walkway into memory grove by Portia Snow

On the Spot
Salt Lake's Felicia Baca

Felicia Baca
Felicia Baca holds a Masterís degree in Education with an emphasis in contemporary arts pedagogy from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She received her undergraduate degree in social sciences and art from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has worked in a variety of arts education contexts and museums both locally and internationally, including the Tate, YouthCity Artways, and most recently the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. This month Baca will join the visual arts team at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.


eCan I choose a conceptual artist? Gillian Wearing. There is an important element of honesty and self-reflection in her work--and I suppose we learn important things about ourselves through honesty. I find contemporary modes of portraiture so exciting; there are so many possibilities to represent identity beyond replicating or monumentalizing.

Fallen Fruit of Utah, by the artist collective Fallen Fruit. They use fruit as a lens to examine issues of place, citizenship, and community, among many other things. Their unique curatorial practices and community projects also explore how fruit is symbolic, allegorical, emotional, and crosses cultural and class boundaries. The exhibit really brought to light how my own personal memories of fruit, and the people and places associated with them, were so monumental in my own life.

design element

design elementYes, although it was more of an artifact. We had a handcrafted clay nose flute. Yes, you heard that right, nose flute. It was quite beautifully constructed, and displayed for decoration, but I was obsessed with learning to play songs on it. My seriousness in attempting to hammer out a tune was always thwarted by the hilarity of trying to play it. I appreciated this dichotomy. In my adult life Iím now (a little bit) musical, would like to think I have a good sense of humor, and am interested in art that is participatory, as well as boundary blurring. Foreshadowing? Maybe.

Join the 15 Bytes Team

We'd like to welcome writer Anne Cummings-Anderson and photographer Portia Snow to our 15 Bytes Team. The content you see in this magazine is provided by a fluid group of volunteers whose ability with the pen or camera is matched by their curiosity and enthusiasm for Utah's art world. 15 Bytes is an open community forum. If you are interested in writing an article, or providing images for our magazine contact editor Shawn Rossiter at editor@artistsofutah.org

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors this edition
Simon BlundellSimon Blundell is a Salt Lake native and has studied art, communication, journalism, design, and advertising. He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and continues to explore photography and art in all its aspects. He loves music, literature, film, good food, travel, and motorcycles.

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer.

Anne CummingsAnne Cummings-Anderson s co-owner of (a)perture-- a Salt Lake based creative agency, a free-lance writer, curator and photographer who has always possessed a passion for narrative photography and has focused on social commentary that reflects the human condition. Her photography has been exhibited in several group and solo shows in Salt Lake City.

Kelly GreenKelly Green, a Salt Lake native, first discovered photography when her parents gave her a point-n-shoot camera while traveling through Southern Utah. She was instantly hooked. She photographs in black and white and color film with 35mm and medium formats, dipping into the digital world for live music shots or 15 Bytes assignments.

Melissa HempelMelissa Hempel completed a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelors degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture from UC Santa Cruz. Melissa currently works as the Interim Director/Curator at the Woodbury Art Museum. She also leads an Introduction to Museum Studies course, using the Woodbury Art Museum collection and space to give students practical experience in the museum field.

John HughesJohn Hughes is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.

Gerry JohnsonGerry Johnson was an engineer in a past life. A former film, now digital photographer, his work over the last 3 years has been "to capture the 'moments of beauty' that surround each of us in our daily lives, and present them to the viewer in a way that they can also experience the spirit of beauty."

Alexandra KarlAlexandra Karl did a BFA in Ottawa (Canada) and then spent ten years studying art history in Europe. She worked at Munich's Lenbachhaus for five years while completing her Masters, and received her PhD in the History of Art from Cambridge. She has taught at the U, the McGillis School and Congregation Kol Ami. She has led tours to the Spiral Jetty and Frank Lloyd Wright's Stromquist House. She believes a vigorous art scene is essential to any thriving society

Sue MartinSue Martin holds an M.A. in Theatre and has worked in public relations. As an artist, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic to capture Utah landscapes or the beauty of everyday objects in still life.

Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, grew up on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. He dropped out of a Masters program in Contemporary Literature to pursue a career as an artist. He founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.

Portia SnowPortia Snow is a photographer living in Salt Lake City with her husband and nine-year-old daughter. She loves capturing moments and surprises that hide in the spaces between.

Dale ThompsonDale Thompson has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. Her writing career includes work for a local theatre, journalism in Park City, and freelance contributions for various nonprofit organizations.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.


15 Bytes
is published monthly by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City Utah. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 15 Bytes or Artists of Utah. Our editions are published monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Our deadline for submissions is the last Wednesday of the preceding month.

Writers and photographers who contribute material to 15 Bytes are members of the visual arts community who volunteer their time. Please contact the editor if you have an idea for an article or feature, or if you would like to volunteer your time to the organization.

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