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February 2013
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month

ALICE MERRILL HORNE GALLERY UP: The Last Fifty: Modern and Contemporary Works from the Utah State Fine Art Collection is a selection of works by Utah artists from 1962 to the present. UPCOMING: Portrait as Narrative and Narrative as Portrait features three Utah artists: Jethro Gillespie,|1| Andrew Ballstaedt,|2| and Rebecca Pletsch.|3| Each artist’s works come within the realm of portraiture, and each are interested in narratives and experiences related to their own personal histories. All three artists grew up in Utah which thematically ties the work together, yet each artist’s style, technique, and use of media is quite different, and when juxtaposed, create a visually strong collection of work from emerging Utah artists.

ALPINE ART UP: Ghosts of the Elders: Traditional Chinese Life Meets the New Economy features photographic works by Robert Hall curated by Matt Chiodo.|4| This collection highlights the nexus between the past and the future: a demonstration in miniature of China’s urban transformation. UPCOMING:

UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART UP: No chance to move backwards and see, Megan Geckler's site-specific installation transforms the gallery space, inviting the viewer to take an exploratory journey through polychromatic examples of architecture, design, sculpture, and painting. |5| AND: The Sublime is Light and Easy-to-Assemble by Venessa Gromek in the Locals Only Gallery. Drawing on notions of the sublime in both nature and design, Gromek’s “Tents” series addresses the intersection of the outdoor industry with the aesthetics of modern sculpture, conflating the line between utility and creativity, as well as between masculinity and femininity. |6|AND: Analogital is an exhibition of international artists who engage with concepts generated from the transitional space between analogue and digital. Specifically the notion analyzes the forms that emerge from our culture’s conversion from film grain to computer pixel (see our review page 3).|7| .

ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: Paintings by Layne Meacham and ceramic sculptures by Suzanne Storer. Layne Meacham’s Sidewalks, includes large scale acrylic and mixed media paintings.|8| Meacham depicts black polka dots of old chewed gum and brightly colored spray-painted symbols of city street departments, or the “dirty things” that make up a city landscape, together forming interesting stellar matrixes and sidewalk rock art. Suzanne Storer exhibits a series of figurative ceramic sculptures in high relief for the wall, sculptures in-the-round for the pedestal and large wall platters.|9| Storer first draws the figure on paper in black and white with graphite or charcoal and then transfers the image onto a large clay slab. Working in clay she adds volume and seamlessly combines the 2D line with the emerging form.
UMFA UP: 5 Blocks is an exhibition of youth artwork created in collaboration with UMFA educators by students at Hawthorne Elementary and Granger High School. AND: Dale Nichols: Transcending Regionalism, an exhibition spanning much of the artist's long career.|10| Nichols' early paintings focused on the often-difficult relationship between Midwest farmers and their land. AND: The Coen Brothers, Ralph Lauren and guitarist Bill Frisell are just a few artists who have found inspiration in the photographs of Mike Disfarmer, a small town photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas (see our review page 6)|11|. UPCOMING: Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West features over 100 oil paintings, sculpture and works on paper drawn primarily from the Diane and Sam Stewart Collection and examines depictions of American Indian identity (by both natives and non-natives) in a diverse array of styles: from the traditional European schools to Modernist abstraction and conceptual renderings of cultural motifs.|12| AND: salt 7: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Employing a palette and brushwork not unlike that of traditional western portraiture, Yiadom-Boakye's luscious, gestural paintings consider the role of the black figure, as both subject and author, in the art historical canon.

PINNACLE PERFORMANCE UP: New Topographies, Altered Landscapes and other Identities, delves into the way landscapes are rendered and manipulated by personal visions in contemporary art. Curated by Laura Allred Hurtado, who writes regularly for 15 Bytes, the exhibit includes work by five Utah artists: Adam Bateman, Steven Larson, Leah Moses, Jared Steffensen, and Mary Toscano|13|(see our review page 4).

KAYO GALLERY UP: Relay, a photographic exhibition by Shalee Cooper |14| & Amanda Moore,|15| two artists whose documentary photographic works complement one another and touch upon similar subjects (read a review of the show on page 2 and a profile of Cooper on page 1).

UAF GALLERY UP: A striking series of multimedia figures, as well as fanciful masks, creations by local artists expressly in support of the Utah Arts Festival Gallery and the upcoming Masquerade Party, including acrylics by Garrick Dean, metal sculpture and photography by Steven P. Jackson,|16| graphite works by Paula Montes and mixed media and photography by Cat Palmer. UPCOMING: Destinations, digital photographs of Middle East travels by Ashley Crist, landscape photography by Cecil Whitt and oil landscapes by Michael Rusnack.

ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: Eight artists together to celebrate their neighborhood: Rose Park. Curated by Justin Wheatley and also featuring works by Eric Erekson, Blue Critchfield, Erica Houston, Anikó Sáfrán, Ken Critchfield, Brandon Dayton and Sarinda Jones. AND: In Access II Gallery, photographer Trish H. Empey's black and white photographs spanning a decade of the Sundance Film Festival.

PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Landscapes of the New West by Mark Knudsen|17| & Leslie Thomas|18| (see our article in the January edition). AND: Cal Vestal & Kathy Minck in the Dibble Gallery.

WILLIAMS FINE ART UPCOMING: New works by John Collins, John Berry and Kate Starling and a book signing of the newly published book The Savior’s Symbols by author Mark Amacher.

THE LEONARDO UP: The Labyrinths of the Mind, featuring the art of Anna Campbell Bliss (see our article in the October 2012 edition), with a screening of Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss. UPCOMING: Lab at the Leo features Trent Call. Gallery Stroll will feature Amazing 3-D Zoetrope, a collaborative project between Call, Berkley Frei and Sandboxr.

RIO GALLERY UP: Arrivals/Departures, a group show curated by loveDANCEmore.|19| Featuring dance film and video during gallery hours and live performance during Gallery Strolls (February 15)(see our review page 6).

ART AT THE MAIN UP: John Hunter Stout's Portraits of Nature, new watercolor wildlife paintings. UPCOMING: Caryn Feeney, whose inspiration comes from nature, in particular from four-legged, finned, and feathered companions, will present new works.

HORNE FINE ART UP: Romance of Dance - Artwork by Karen Horne"   the latest in the artist's ongoing "Art of Performance" series, with a new focus on ballroom dancers. An amateur ballroom dancer herself, this artist also draws on her extensive experience and skill as a figurative artist depicting gesture and movement. Includes color-drenched pastels of waltzers, and tango and polka dancers.|20| 

CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP: The Four Seasons Represented, paintings by Anni Stafford and Erik Heybroek. . UPCOMING: Pen and ink paintings of Stephen Duncan exploring the Jordan Parkway trail.

Stephen Duncan at Charley Hafen


15th STREET GALLERY UP: Abstract work by Lloyd Platt and still life by Aaron Lifferth. UPCOMING: New work by Courtney Derrick and photographs from the Utah Film Center.

MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E Broadway 801-521-0243) UP: Eclectic, new works by David Estes, Bill Fulton, Carol Fulton, Mary Tull, Merritt Stites and Kathryn Lindquist.

SLUSSER GALLERY UP: Over 40 landscape and still life paintings by 20 different top artists from Utah, California, and the East Coast, including nationally-recognized, highly acclaimed painters such as Randall Lake, Bryan Mark Taylor, Scott W. Prior, Bonnie Posselli, Toni Williams, and Carolyn Hesse-Low. UPCOMING: Recent oil paintings by Courtney Miles Derrick.

BLONDE GRIZZLY UP: Scumdance: Celebrating the Villainous Scum of the Silver Screen, a new affordable art show featured alongside Sundance. Art by Alex Pardee, Dave Correia, Matt136, Skinner, Robert Bowen, Jon Wayshak, Vic Back and Austen Stanton. UPCOMING: JJ Shelton and Phil Lambert.

DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: Works by LeConte Stewart. UPCOMING: Something Happening About the Sky, new paintings by Frank Ray Huff Jr.

A GALLERY UP: Work by Van Chu.

UTAH ARTIST HANDS UPCOMING: The Love Show, celebrating the gallery's 8th year.

SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UPCOMING: Botanical Prints and Encaustics by Michael Peterson.

ANDERSON-FOOTHILL BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Mysticism in Art: Featuring works by Denver Sasser.

DAY-RIVERSIDE BRANCH UP: IMPRESSIONS of the Utah Landscape: Featuring works by Eileen Guernsey Brown.

GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP: Closing In: Paintings by Lenka Konopasek (see our review page 1).

SWEET BRANCH LIBRARY UPCOMING: Ready, Aim, Shoot photographs of friends by Kelly O'Neill.

CHAPMAN BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Intense Impressions, abstract mixed-media paintings by Nancy Steele-Makasci.

CAFFE NICHE UPCOMING: John Fortuna's photographs of the summits of the Wasatch Mountain Range in Salt Lake County.

EVOLUTIONARY HEALTHCARE UPCOMING: Megan Mitchell, Chuck Landvatter and Joe Strickland in Exposure, which focuses on the ways we perceive worlds usually kept private.

LOCAL COLORS UPCOMING: Three Artistic Paths: Brush, Thread and Pixels, featuring Cyrene Swallow, painter, Kathy Jones, fiber artist and Jeff Clay, photographer.

UTAH STATE CAPITOL UP: People of Utah 1892-2011 on the 4th Floor of the Utah State Capitol. The pieces demonstrate a variety of styles, from 19th-century painting to 21st-century mixed media on canvas and bronze sculpture.

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