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August 2014
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month

ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: In his exhibit, The Living Machine, Kent Fairbanks captures the colors, geometric forms and textures in the landscape and in the creations of man. Through his photographs, Fairbanks intends to "attest that man and his creations are ultimately a part of nature."|1|AND: Nolan Baumgartner's ceramics meld utilitarian ware with an Eastern and Middle Eastern aesthetic. His precise formation and decoration, consisting mainly of polka dots and stripes, is further transformed by the elements and atmosphere of the soda kiln.|2|AND: 3rd Annual Kindred Spirits Exhibit featuring work created by students in our popular children's art workshops. UPCOMING: 20th Annual Partners Exhibit Works created by partner participants in Art Access' Partners Artist Mentoring program, in which talented adult artists with disabilities are matched with professional artists for mentoring. AND: 17th Annual Teen Exhibit Works created by participants in Art Access' popular Teen Workshops – A visual arts workshop program for teens with and without disabilities.

UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART UP: Christopher Kelly: God Complex features performative sculptures that are poetic simulations that confront the perplexities of identity. By constructing allegorical depictions of personal dialogues, Kelly forms an internal autobiography. Yet his manipulation of science fiction tropes makes this introspection accessible to the outside world.|3|AND: Melli Ghanian's: Welcome to Hanks ville is a film that examines the congregation of a group of pseudo-scientists on August 27, 2003, during the cosmological opposition of Mars to the Earth. The desert, reminiscent of the vacant landscape on Mars, is transformed into an unknown territory waiting to be explored.|4| AND: In Motion: Borders and Migrations, examines different manifestations of the Mexico and United States border in the visual arts, giving residents and visitors of Utah the experience of this unique geographic boundary through artist projects that offer both visual and conceptual alternatives to mainstream media representations. AND: Bikuben explores Danish contemporary art as a framework for understanding how the present may, albeit paradoxically, inform the past. Focusing on themes revolving around the intertwined nature of truth and fiction, history and memory, and the personal versus the communal, this exhibition investigates how relationships across cultural and generational divides have the potential to reveal the complexity of identity, displacement, appropriation, and collective consciousness (see our review in the July 2014 edition).|5|  

RIO GALLERY UP: Spaces: Jarvis, Rice and Vincent. Artists Holly Jarvis,|6| Andrew Rice and Marcus Vincent|7| investigate the collective need for the spaces we construct and inhabit, and the spaces with which we interact and by which we define ourselves. Each artist is addressing these issues through various media, creating a dynamic show of diverse aesthetics.

CUAC UP: Piper Brett presents Poolside, an installation of “painting”, sculpture, and a cell phone photo taken of a former porn star at a coffee shop in Amsterdam. Most items in Poolside originated in the urban landscape of North Philadelphia and detail a non-linear narrative and random aspects of Brett’s life, associations, and memories. Sculptural materials include a stick, a gold shopping cart hanging from the ceiling, a basketball with a handle, as well as a faux stone replica of the Maneken Pis fountain, famous in Belgium. Brett has also covered the gallery floor with a painting of water. Her installation anesthetizes backyard pool parties and the urban/suburban experience.|8| AND: Allison Lacher’s Nonnative relies on the impetus behind an oft-generalized, catch-all cultural romance with the American West that spawns from landscape, climate, rich opportunity, and remaining lures that exist in our minds. Exotic Saguaro cacti, vaguely figurative and despite a dominant presence and large scale, seemingly greet affectionately with open arms and playfully disarm through earnest glimmer. The installation environment courts the audacity of optimism that spawns the pursuit of dreams and reinvention through forging ahead into unknown territory, while subtly acknowledging a looming naiveté.|9|

UMFA UP: salt 9: Jillian Mayer. Cloaked with humor, fast editing, and pop soundtracks, Mayer's videos are designed for mass appeal but ask big questions about human connection and manufactured realities.|10| Her work lives in, and is activated by, viewer participation. AND: Creation and Erasure: Art of the Bingham Canyon Mine. Northern Utah’s Bingham Canyon Mine, the largest man-made excavation on earth, has been a source of fascination and inspiration for artists around the country since the mine’s earliest days (see our review in the June 2014 edition).

UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UP: Every year The Face of Utah Sculpture provides Utah artists a forum to present Utah culture through sculptural form. The origins of this dynamic exhibit, envisioned ten years ago by glass artist Dan Cummings, features both well-known and emerging Utah sculptors, showcasing both traditional and contemporary sculpture in a variety of techniques, styles, mediums and forms. The result is an exciting and eclectic mix of excellence in artistry in countless forms |11|.

CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP: In the Upstairs Gallery, Native American Designs on Gourds And Clay by Kathleen Donner, and the paintings of Juan Pablo Gasca, a visual artist born in Guanajuato, Mexico, in the Downstairs Gallery.|12| UPCOMING: Featuring contemporary American realist painter Waldo Kidd.|13| One of his greatest inspirations has come from the urban landscape. He particularly respects the unpretentious functional nature of industrial buildings. He sees beauty in the rust, the years of wear, and the evidence of the people who perform the work inside.

ART AT THE MAIN UP: Oil painter Betta Inman takes delight in color – bold, subtle, and the juxtaposition of color for focus and balance.|14| Inman’s choice of still life as her primary subject is influenced by her love of nature and cooking. Her style is painterly and sometimes reminiscent of Paul Cezanne’s use of dark line to define shapes. UPCOMING: Oil painter Sandy (Fullmer) Williams looks for the light as she paints the Simple Things In Life. Her paintings – whether landscapes or still life – glow with light. Williams achieves the luminescent quality of light in her work by using the process of the old masters, such as Vermeer or Rembrandt. She applies paint in thin, smooth layers, in a method known as “glazing.” The process requires patience and practice and Williams has mastered it since she began painting about nine years ago.

MESTIZO INSTITUTE OF CULTURE AND ARTS GALLERY UP: Presenting an exhibit featuring Colombian photographer Andrés Quintero Muñoz, whose work documents the cultural patrimony of Colombia's coffee growing axis, a region considered by many to grow the best coffee in the world and recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This exhibit, rather than documenting the consumption and production of coffee, explores the cultural landscape surrounding it's harvest: the people, towns, traditions and folklore of the region.|13|

ALICE GALLERY UP: Devotees and Their Shrines. One hundred years ago, in 1914, Alice Merrill Horne published her treatise and history of Utah art and culture called “Devotees and Their Shrines.” Ms. Horne, Utah’s second female legislator, was in the position to know, as the founder of the Utah Art Institute (now called the Utah Division of Arts & Museums). Ms. Horne’s leadership in support of Utah artists, the environment, education, and quality of life has enriched the lives of Utahns for more than a century. The artworks included in “Devotees and Their Shrines – 2014” are from the State Fine Art Collection (aka Alice Art Collection), created by the establishment of the Utah Art Institute. Some of the works included are the specific works mentioned in Ms. Horne’s treatise, while others are by the artists she writes of so passionately. “When you go to hear the best music, it is to listen and enjoy. You attend a lecture to learn. You should go to the art gallery to use your eyes, to learn from the artist, to try to understand what he has to say.” – Alice Merrill Horne. .


GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP: Inland/Outland: Utah, a Multidisciplinary Exploration of Landscape by Svavar Jónatansson

SUGAR SPACE UP: Mary Sinner's MFA exhibition.

SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Missing Pages: A Literary Series by Shannon Troxler.

CHAPMAN BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Corrugated Nostalgia: Cardboard Creations by Vincent Johnson.

ANDERSON-FOOTHILL BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Making a Mark in Watercolor: Paintings by Gayle Allen.

DAY-RIVERSIDE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Mexico Then: The Casasola Archives. This exhibit features prints from the archives of photojournalist Agustín Casasola (1874-1928).

15th STREET GALLERY UP: Presenting a mix up of the gallery's talented artists.

ATELIER AFA UP: Between Storms by Chris Cook.

SLUSSER GALLERY UP: Plein Air Invitational Exhibition, the gallery's biggest landscape show of the year. 50 terrific paintings of diverse, beautiful places such as Paris, Southern and Northern California, and Utah painted by 12 award-winning plein air artists.

LOCAL COLORS UP: Group artist show entitled Summertime Stories.

A GALLERY UP: Summer group show.

HORNE FINE ART UP: Featuring "Summer Pleasures", enjoy warm red rock and cooling lakes, pools, patios and gardens by Ken Baxter, Jamie Wayman, Phyllis Horne, Karen Horne, Glen Edwards and Barbara Edwards. 

PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Summer group show.

ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UPCOMING: Artists Michelle Condrat, David and Nancy Starks, and Julie Stutznegger exhibit their most recent work at the Finch Lane Gallery. Condrat’s exhibition “Little Moments” features portraits of individuals caught in a moment of unconscious activity. Husband and wife artists David and Nancy Starks marry his sculpture and her glass work in an exhibition of lamps called “On the Light Side.” Glass artist Julie Stutznegger creates compositions using kiln-fired glass in her exhibition “Abstracts in Glass”.

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