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March 2012
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Marcee Blackerby and Ric Blackerby – Big City Bugs, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City
Dave Eddy – Untitled, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City
Cordell Taylor – Space Junke, 150 W Broadway, Salt Lake City
Tim Little – Huey, the Utah Cricket, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City
Dave Starks - UFO, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City
Jerry Fuhriman and Arthur Taylor – Missy’s Rocket, 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City
Flying Objects Project, 20 S West Temple Salt Lake City

In Plain Site: Salt Lake City
Un- & Official Public Art

As we've talked up the launch of Art Lake City (look for the app in June) people have asked us, "What will it include?" "Will it be about public art projects?" "Or will it be about the street scenes?" Yes is our answer. If it's in Salt Lake and you can see it without appointment or fee it will be on Art Lake City. That means the graffiti walls and the public art projects will receive equal coverage. And since some of these change over time, we'll have both images of the most current iteration and historical shots.

In this month's photo essay we have examples of two forms of public art that change over time. The first, above, is the Salt Lake Arts Council's Flying Objects project -- sculptures by local artists installed in front of Abravanel Hall, the Rose Wagner Art Center and on the north side of Hotel Monaco. The new batch of sculptures, scheduled to be installed this June, was recently selected by the Salt Lake Art Design Board.

The second, below, are some of Salt Lake's legal graffiti walls, including a few of the newest, still being covered. These walls change on a less systematic schedule, but their updates will also be part of the Art Lake City app.

160 E 200 S, Salt Lake City
160 E 200 S, Salt Lake City
160 E 200 S, Salt Lake City
160 E 200 S, Salt Lake City
740 S 400 W, Salt Lake City
160 E 200 S, Salt Lake City
160 E 200 S, Salt Lake City
350 S State Street, Salt Lake City
350 S State Street, Salt Lake City
1000 South 400 W, Salt Lake City
53 S 300 E, Salt Lake City
53 S 300 E, Salt Lake City
53 S 300 E, Salt Lake City

On the Spot
Salt Lake's Blake Wigdahl

Blake Wigdahl


eI have two objects/art pieces from my home growing up that are forever connected. The first is a yellow Pennent coral fish made out of painted welded steel. My parents used to live next to an artist who welded crazy sculptures. My brother and I would spend hours watching him create works in his garage. He created the fish sculpture from a picture my parents took scuba diving in Hawaii. It has a lot of life to it as a metal sculpture but it also connects to the second object I remember from that same time period. Around the same time, while hiking in the mountains with my family, I found a flat rock with the coolest looking mix of colors left by all kinds of things – the rock itself, lichen, etc. I brought it home and showed it to our artist neighbor thinking it really looked like a work of art. To my amazement he agreed and on the spot welded a stand for my found piece of art. Both are still on display in my parents’ house.

I grew up in Utah but never spent much time in downtown SLC. When I moved back here from San Francisco, I wanted to keep the urban lifestyle, so I settled into the 9th & 9th neighborhood with my wife and we can’t imagine living anywhere else. There are so many cool buildings in downtown Salt Lake even though we don’t have the most unique cityscape in the world. My favorite building comes from not its architecture but what it accidentally creates across the street from time to time as the sun is setting at the right angle. On 200 South between 200 East and 300 East two buildings create the coolest light art I’ve seen downtown. The photo is one I took this fall…the glass on the building across the street can bend the infinite number of individual images of the sun in very interesting ways.

SLC light

This personal passion for light came from my experiences with Bob Miller, a light artist from the early years of the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Bob took me on many light walks through the streets of San Francisco showing me how to look at the world differently – a powerful experience that inspires me today when I walk through downtown Salt Lake City. I’ve never been able to look at the world the same since and I am very thankful for it.

design element

design elementThe most memorable exhibit I’ve seen recently was actually an entire museum – the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. It is one giant work of art and it would be impossible to pull out any one part of it. Walking through the museum was like stepping into the internal organs of a collage. The museum is filled with creative energy and grassroots art projects – some of my favorites were works created by anonymous artists that donated they’re works by leaving them on the front doorstep of the museum one night and a giant whirligig art car outside the front of the museum. You can see and feel the passion for what was created in that museum and it was very powerful. Amazing and inspiring for someone like me interested in art and science.

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors this edition
Tom AlderSimon 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.

Tyler BloomquistTyler Bloomquist, is a pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Utah.

Laura and Matt Chiodo Laura and Matt Chiodo have lived in Salt Lake for six years, having moved back after art school in Southern California. Matt is currently the Gallery Curator for Alpine Art.

Jared ChristensenJared Christensen grew up in North Ogden, Utah and finally moved to Salt Lake at the age of 18 to go to school. He is currently at Westminster College pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography.

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.

Lewis Crawford Lewis J. Crawford is a second generation Arizona artist who now calls Salt Lake City home. He has two photography degrees; an MFA from The University of Utah, and a BFA from Arizona State University. Besides working on his art, he teaches photography and new media writing courses at U of U and Westminster College.

John HughesShalee Cooper is a freelance photographer and Curator. She is the Image Editor of 15 Bytes Magazine and an Associate Instructor at the University of Utah. She is currently working on The Heel Toe Project.

Laura DurhamLaura Durham, a Utah native with a BA in Art History from BYU, has worked for the Utah Arts Council as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the past ten years managing the Rio Gallery and coordinating traveling exhibits. She served as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association from 2003 - 2006 and as Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll from 2005 - 2010. She's assistant editor of 15 Bytes as well as managing music editor.

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.

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."

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.

Nathan Webster, photo by Dave NewkirkNathan Webster, a native of Vancouver, Canada, studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal and in Grenoble, France before embarking on a professional career that has led to architectural practice based in British Columbia, Ontario, California, and Utah. A LEED accredited professional and architect at ajc Architects, Nathan is also one of the organizers of our Salt Lake City's Pecha Kucha Night and an occasional collaborator on sets for contemporary dance with choreographer Charlotte Boye-Christensen at Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.

Nicholas WellsNicholas Wells, attorney and author, is the founder of Wells IP Law, a small Utah law firm with clients in more than 40 countries. A native of Utah who recently returned from a 3-year stint in the New York area, Nick holds JD, MBA, and LLM degrees. He is currently focused on publishing his first young-adult novel; he loves classical piano and cello and visiting art musuems in Paris and Amsterdam.

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


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