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September 2012
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Greg Stocks at Eccles Art Center
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Up and Upcoming: To The North
Exhibition Listings in Northern Utah
Prepared by 15 Bytes staff unless otherwise indicated. UPCOMING and UP listings should reach us by the last Wednesday of the month. Those accepted will run until the closing date, or for one month if no closing date is given. Readers using the guide are cautioned to check with the exhibitor if the accuracy of the listing is crucial. Please send listings for this page to editor@artistsofutah.org

The Ogden First Fridays Art Walk takes place every month on the First Friday of the month. Galleries will hold receptions 6-9 pm.

Eccles Community Art Center UP:
Facets, an exhibition of landscape paintings and figure drawings by artist Gregory Stocks. Stocks is recognized for his contemporary approach to traditional landscape painting, focusing on light and atmosphere to communicate mood and emotion to the viewer.|0| He creates a sense of peace in his work, while using the dynamic range of the landscape to develop images that are, at the same time, emotionally stimulating and engaging. His figure drawings represent the artist’s lifelong passion for drawing and study of the human form. As subject matter, the human figure is profoundly dynamic and varied, providing endless challenges and responses for both artist and viewer.|1| “The landscape and the figure are stages on which light plays out its endless and dramatic performance. The challenge is to capture these dynamic moments before they disappear.” AND: In the Carriage House Gallery, glass work by the Glass Art Guild of Utah.|2|

Gallery 25 UP:• An exhibit of works by Kristina Wilson, an award winning artist in oils whose new artwork depicts the grandeur of Snowbasin Ski Resort.|3|

WSU DOVA UP: Biennial Faculty Exhibition featuring ceramics, digital media, drawing, metals/jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and visual communications. |4|

Art of Caring (2780 Madison Ave) UPCOMING: Art of Caring, a two-day event featuring the work of five local artists and benefiting the Frucci Foundation, a non- profit organization that assists low income and needy senior citizens with the necessities of everyday life. On display will be a large number of paintings in oil and pastel, the work of artists Bill Barber, Lauri Eskelsen, Bonnie Frucci, Roberta Glidden and Debra Marin. Friday,

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP:
The Modern Woman. This exhibit of 21 prints, paintings, and photos examines the roles of women in modern society. Some roles are glamorous and tempting ... some roles are gritty and fierce. AND: LUX is an exploration of how artists have used light as a medium or subject matter. Several large pieces will focus on artists featured in the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions from Los Angeles who are considered to be the leaders of the light and space art movement of the 1970s. The exhibit will include one of the most significant artworks in the museum's collection: a Plexiglas disc installation by Robert Irwin.|5| AND: Adventures in the West will be shown in conjunction with the 11th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium held in Logan, Utah and co-sponsored by the USU Department of English and the USU Special Collections Department in the Merrill - Cazier Library. Featuring majestic landscape photos by Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, the exhibit explores the rugged, historical, and dangerous qualities of the western world portrayed in Jack London's writing. Certain drawings and photographs in this exhibit will be on display in the museum for the first time, and they will help explore literary themes of naturalism, courage, modern American values, and man's precarious relationship to his natural environment.|6|

BDAC UP: Conversations in Culture features works by artists who live in the US but were born in another country or whose travels to other cultures are reflected in their work. Works by Featured Artists for Summerfest 2012 will also be on display.

Western Heritage Art Museum UP: 11th Annual Uinta Basin Art League Theme Exhibit, featuring works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and woodworking in exotic woods.

The Park City Gallery Stroll usually takes place the last Friday of every month.

Kimball Art Center UP: Past Presence: Select Works by Photographers in the B.Y.U. Fine Art Department. |7| . AND: One of a Kind: New Monotypes by Kathryn Stedham & Jeff Juhlin.|8| Stedham's work revisits past themes in her largely monochromatic, hauntingly ghost-like, topsy-turvy forms that explore light, movement and surface within the delicate confines of the papers edge. Juhlin's prints explore the important balance of organizing organic and geometric forms against a backdrop of intense color. . AND: Relevant 2012, an exhibition of works by artists participating in the 8-day artist-in-residence program. Will feature works by Lindsay Carone, Jeremy Emmendorfer, Haigen Pearson, Zahra Nazari, Matt Reimers.

Meyer Gallery UPCOMING: Rust, solo exhibition by Santiago Michalek.

from our Daily Bytes
Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry

Throughout history, from place to place and time to time, art has known moments of greatness and periods it would be generous to call stunted. The golden ages are easy to spot—just look for the household names. The lows are tougher to identify, and, since nothing human is ever entirely without defenders, the stumps can also be more controversial. More than a few people think we’re in one now. Ironically, both critics and defenders of today’s art tend to point to the same symptoms to prove their point. Since, say, the death of Picasso in 1973, art has changed dramatically, so that what finds its way into galleries and museums today has almost nothing in common with the works he left behind. Ai WeiWei, the Chinese artist who achieved international recognition after he designed the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the Beijing Olympics, is a very good example. Ai prefers not to fabricate his own works, which typically achieve stadium-scaled proportions that one artist couldn’t carry out—even if he wanted to. Much of his energy goes into work that appears on social media, where his tweets are read and passed around by millions of followers and his cellphone-quality videos circulate on knock-off DVD copies. And nothing that he does explains itself: his greatest work to date covered the floor of the Tate Modern with 100 million hand-painted, ceramic sunflower seeds. Should one feel embarrassed to ask why?

Documentarian Alyson Klaymer traces Ai’s story from the Communist Revolution, which set the stage for his human rights campaign, to his latest conflict with the authorities early this year. She follows him around Beijing and Szechuan and even to New York, where he recalls studying art in the early 90s. Some heart-rending scenes take place in the still-smoldering ruins of Szechuan, where 70,000 citizens are believed to have died in an earthquake that left ruins to stagger the imagination: enormous buildings folded up like paper boxes, their inhabitants entombed within. If any of today’s International Art is valid, it must be the works wrenched out of him by this story, not just of tragedy, but of unnecessary suffering brought on by massive corruption and greed in the construction of schools—schools to which were entrusted the children of people who, by government decree, are allowed only one per family. On the other hand, those who question the validity of that art will see at least one good purpose it serves. It is Ai Weiwei’s celebrity, the product of his artistic reputation, that alone enables him to carry forward his program of social activism in pursuit of government reform.

Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry is a portrait of a man with the kind of charisma that appears only rarely, and not always conveniently in ones own culture. Even those who share his vision of concerned humanity and a way forward for all of us may find his refusal to compromise difficult to take at times. But the film argues on his behalf that the culture he chooses to live in is available to everyone who wants it. If only for raising this possibility, it may well be the most important film on our screens this year.

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