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September 2012
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Carolyn Coalson at Phillips Gallery
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Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month

PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Summer group exhibit. UPCOMING: Paintings by some of Utah's most prominent abstract painters, past and present. Carolyn Coalson layers paint to create atmospheric abstract works that call to mind both the texture of the land and the atmosphere of the sky. |0| Lee Deffebach and. The late Lee Deffebach was one of Utah's most prominent abstract expressionists, pouring, splashing and brushing paint onto surfaces to create magical paintings energized by light. Michael David Hall creates obsessively drawn surfaces that while they can be populated with cartoon figures and references to the landscape have the effect of textured, overall painting.

ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: An exhibit of paintings by Kent Wing |1| and a video installation by David Baddley.|2| During his travels, David Baddley video-documented the river Seine flowing through Paris at different times of the day. They were shot hand-held, looking down at the play of light on the moving and changing texture of the water, and nothing else. Recorded in real time of ten minutes, they have been slowed to a playing time of one hour. At this rate, these abstract patterns of fluttering colors can almost be viewed as a rapidly changing sequence of still images while still embracing the continuity of film. Kent Wing’s Personal Myths and Quotes is a series of paintings that explore the boundaries of a personal landscape within a narrative context. The paintings often refer to and borrow from past painting traditions and are "played out in stage-like dramas that invite and probe the mystery of what is at once both hidden and openly revealed."
UMFA UP: Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile explores the art of the automobile, featuring antique and vintage racing cars that exemplify the beauty of vehicles designed for speed. |3| Artistry and engineering come together in these functional yet highly crafted works of art. UPCOMING: 5 Blocks is an exhibition of youth artwork created in collaboration with UMFA educators by students at Hawthorne Elementary (Salt Lake City School District) and Granger High School (Granite School District). By investigating a five block area near their school, students demystified how we shape the spaces we live in and how those spaces shape us. AND: Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism, an exhibition spanning much of the artist's long career.|4| Nichols' early paintings focused on the often-difficult relationship between Midwest farmers and their land. His stylized landscapes and red barns, representing both shelter and sustenance, held images of hope for a struggling nation and honored the agrarian ideal. By the 1940s Nichols indulged his wanderlust, traveling repeatedly to Alaska and spending extended periods of time in Guatemala and Mexico.

UP: Situated between Homer, Twitter, and the singing telegram, Cantastoria is an exploration of how contemporary artists communicate histories and culture using languages, messengers, and witnesses as creative material. This exhibition explores the notion of the cantastoria as a metaphor across cultures and specifically within contemporary art.|5| AND: Mr. Winkle: Object of Projection, Photographs by Lara Jo Regan. Rescued from the side of the freeway in Bakersfield, California by Regan, a renowned documentary photographer based in Los Angeles, Mr. Winkle has since served as her muse and conduit for exploring the very nature of humanity. Her series of photographs draws connections between 19th century tableaux and portrait photography and 20th century photographic genres.|6|AND: Alex Israel's As It Lays uses Hollywood as a material to produce videos, objects, performances, and installations. Creating sets using his own flat and backdrop artworks, Israel interviewed some of Hollywood’s most fascinating personalities in a manner that is uncomfortably blank and stoic. In episode after episode, guests respond to different sets of 20 questions that were formed by the artist who plays the role of TV host. “Have you ever thrown a party when your parents were out of town?”, “ Do you read your daily horoscope?”, “What are the key ingredients for your dream salad?” |7| UPCOMING: ABRACADABRA by Salt Lake City artist Jason Metcalf. Superstition is one of the most uniting forces across cultures. Whether conscious or unconscious, with zeal, skepticism, or denial; our behaviors, daily rhythms, architecture, and design are determined by superstitions both arcane and contemporary. For ABRACADABRA, Metcalf has painstakingly researched, re-enacted and refreshed languages of superstition long forgotten from day-to-day vernacular. Entities, obsessions, legends, and lore from various cultures—as far away as Haiti and as close as the Sanpete Valley—provide the sculptural and performative language displayed in his solo exhibition.

MESTIZO ARTS UP: In Ez Come, Ez go: Growing Up Through Graffiti, Justin Johnson and friends use graffiti-influenced art to show how they turned from angry young punk rockers to active, contributing members in society, who strive to make a positive difference.

UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UPCOMING: The Intermountain Society of Artists' annual fall show, featuring two shows: Member of Merit group with their own set of ribbons and awards, and the general members of ISA who have not yet met the requirements of those in the Merit category.


CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP: New oil paintings by Judith Romney Wolbach that emerge from her imagination, previously devoted to her clay sculptures, ink drawing and watercolors. Many of these paintings include elements of landscape, each with a rising moon. Others are figurative.|8| UPCOMING: Sandy Fullmer, an artist whopaints realistically like the old masters layering oil paint until it glows with color and light and creates a sensual experience for the viewer.

PATRICK MOORE GALLERY (2233 South 700 East) UPCOMING: Visual Meandering, new mixed media collages by Irene Rampton. |9|

NOX CONTEMPORARY UPCOMING: LAND\GAZE, new works by Tom Aaron exploring our interaction with and dependence on land, and on the cadastral systems that sectionalize and define our conception of it. Aaron has recently been investigating the Public Land Survey System (PLSS), which imposed a survey grid across the most of the land west of the Mississippi, transforming both the shape and our conception of thelandscape. |10|

ART AT THE MAIN UP: Playing in the Mud features the imaginative clay sculptures of Brent Hale. Reminiscent of, but not exactly like, the animal kingdom, Hale's creatures sometimes double as utilitarian vessels, such as coin banks, tea sets, or lidded jars. |11| UPCOMING: Say “weekend,” and it may conjure different images, depending on who’s listening: rest and relaxation for some, recreation and adventure for others. All of these images come into play in artist Nan Gray’s new collection of watercolor and colored pencil paintings.

GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP: Pop-ups: Books That Spring to Life features works from the collection of Ann Montanaro Staples, who has been collecting, researching, and writing about pop-up books since 1986. Her extensive collection includes almost all of the pop-ups books produced since 1900 as well as many earlier works. AND: Mexico Then & Now, a two-part exhibition centered on the original negatives of the legendary photographs of Agustín Victor Casasola, presented by Artes de México en Utah, in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City. The exhibit showcases the changes Mexico underwent shortly before and after the Revolution of 1910—a fundamental event that defined Mexico’s national identity.|12|

Mexico Then and Now at Main Library

SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Value in Genes, an installation work by Jamie Reeve about identity. T. |13|

ANDERSON-FOOTHILL BRANCH LIBRARY UPCOMING:The Blissfulness of Being features photographs that attempt to capture the "unseen energy in people’s faces and bodies." |14|

DAY-RIVERSIDE BRANCH UP: Western Landscapes by Michael Rusnack. Rusnack draws inspiration from the sweeping vistas, contemplative moods, and sensual pleasures of the Western landscape. His high-key palette celebrates the light, freshness, and continual change each season brings. |15|

CHAPMAN BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Lunatics Symphony, photographs by Andrew Bouwhuis examing the poetic qualities of the moon.

SWEET BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Totally Wired People abstracted portraits in wire by Mike Melendez.

WILLIAMS FINE ART UP: Urban-themed paintings in the tradition of Robert Henri and the Ashcan School. A variety of distinguished oil painters will be featured including Richard Hull, Dennis Smith, Stephanie Deer, Angie Woods, Nick Rees and Ken Baxter. UPCOMING: Journey to Zion Canyon, featuring 15 new works by David Meikle.

ALPINE ART UPCOMING: The gallery's first open call for entries Pen & Ink Show showcasing a variety of techniques like stippling, hatching or washing, to contemporary usage such as graphic illustration and tattoo work. Featured artists include Steven Roach, Eric Fairclough, Chuancey Secrist, Clay Cavender, Thelma B. Parsons, Jeffrey Stag, Steven Duncan, Tannen, & Erin Tripp.

Clay Cavender at Alpine Art

Frank McEntire at David Ericson

DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: The God Particle, new work mixing scientific and religious iconography by Frank McEntire. UPCOMING: Jeff Pugh & Emily McPhie.

15th STREET GALLERY UP: Justin Wheatley and Santiago Michalek.

ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: 18th Annual Partners Exhibit and 15th Annual Teen Exhibit. UPCOMING: Off the Map, group exhibit curated by Steven K. Sheffield. AND: Altered Photographs by Al Mecklenburg in Access II Gallery.

RIO GALLERY UP: Placemaking, the process and influence of public art in Utah.

EVOLUTIONARY HEALTHCARE UP: Oil paintings by Justin Caruth.

MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E Broadway (300 S); 801-521-0243) UP:
Featuring Spring City artists M'lissa Paulsen, Chis Anderson, Ed Soper Kerry Soper, Lynn Ferar, Susan Gallagher, Carol Johansen and Cassandria Parsons.

A GALLERY UPCOMING: Suzanne Kanatsiz &
Jake Gilson.

SLUSSER GALLERY UP: A group exhibition featuring figurative, abstract and still life paintings by Vincent Fitches, Nathan Florence, Susan Gallacher, Andre Pike and Mark Slusser.

BLONDE GRIZZLY UP: Stuff of Dreams, featuring new works by painter Emily Hart-Wood.

HORNE FINE ART UPCOMING: New York, New York, bold figurative paintings by Karen Horne from streets and parks of Manhattan to the sands of Coney Island and the Hamptons. Ambitious in scale and brushwork, these paintings capture the grit, color and action of bus stops, street festivals, open air markets, and escapes to the beach. Also, glorious paintings celebrating late summer and fall by Phyllis Horne.

KAYO GALLERY UP: Sandra Brunvand and Allison Denyer. Brunvand explores a new body of minimalist work using a series of brief but impactful marks. Denyer's delicately modulated drawings and paintings invoke a variety of associations, both macro and micro (for a review see page 1). UPCOMING: Box, Paper, Scissors, Kayo's annual fundraiser event.

CAFFE NICHE UP: Award-winning photography of Christine McDonough.

UAF GALLERY UPCOMING: Abstraction with Clarence Bowman, Joseph Casalino, Jr., Jayne-Anne Mulholland.

LOCAL COLORS OF UTAH UP: Essence of Summer features artists Rebecca Gates, photography, and Ruth Kadas, jewelry. UPCOMING: Boots, Bandanas and Saddles, Lawrence Adkinson & David Jones .

CENTRAL GALLERY (228 East 500 South) UP: As a child, Joi Aoki was taught the concepts of the traditional Japanese garden while working alongside her father in the family’s landscaping business. Moving naturally from the large-scale art of the Japanese garden, Joi’s love turned to sculpture. Her creations capture the essence of Trees in nature along a coast line, growing anchored to a steep cliff or from an outcropping of rock.

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