Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month
UMFA UP: salt 10: Conrad Bakker is the tenth show in the UMFA’s salt series of exhibitions by emerging international contemporary artists. Bakker’s hand-carved and painted wood sculptures of everyday objects—imprecise, to-scale replicas of objects like books, photographs, chairs, and motorcycles —reveal and critique the relationships between people and things, and investigate the creation of value and economic systems. Bakker’s UMFA show, the first exhibition of new work from his ongoing series Untitled Project: Robert Smithson’s Library and Book Club, mirrors the aesthetics of a library with objects based on books from Smithson’s collection. AND: New Narratives: Recent Work by U of U Art Faculty. This triennial exhibition showcases the newest work by the University of Utah's Department of Art and Art History faculty and celebrates the working artists who inspire the community through their creative output and their teaching.|1| UPCOMING: [con]text examines the relationship of language and visual art from an ancient Egyptian wall relief to medieval illuminated manuscripts to the contemporary practices of John Cage, Bruce Nauman, and Willie Cole.
UTAH MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART UP: Melli Ghanian's: Welcome to Hanksville 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. 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). AND: Amy Jorgensen: Far From the Tree explores themes and imagery of the apple as a loaded and sometimes contradictory cultural symbol (see our review in the November 2014 edition).|2| AND: William Lamson: Hydrologies features two related projects. In Hydrologies Atacama, the artist irrigated linear sections of the Atacama Desert between the months of May and August of 2014. Working with a team of Chileans, Lamson and the crew dispersed water across three strips of the flat gravel plain in an effort to reactive the desert bloom. In Hydrologies Archaea, Lamson removed several gallons of super saline water from the Great Salt Lake, which was installed in an array of glassware a few months prior to the exhibition. As the water evaporates, the salt crystals begin to grow, enveloping the vessels in thick layers of salt. The crystals continue to spread until all of the water evaporates, leaving deposits of calcified remains of hallophilic bacteria (see our review page 1).|3|
ALICE GALLERY UP: Natural Order: Photographs by Kent Budge. Manmade or natural, there are moments where light and shadow can be caught to stop time and reveal an instant that might never be again. Add color and texture to the mix and the conditions are ripe for discovering this Natural Order almost anywhere.
ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: 31st Annual Holiday Craft Show. More than seventy artists, including those from the Living Traditions Festival are selling items specifically in mind for holiday shopping.
MODERN WEST FINE ART UP: The gallery welcomes New Mexico artist Stanley Natchez for his show, the Four Directions.
CUAC UP: Jenny Morgan: Full Circle (see our review page 4). AND: Benjamin Cottam: Crayon Drawings.
ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: Annual Holiday Show.
UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UP: Trees of Diversity, a ten-year tradition, showcases not only decorated trees, but also gingerbread houses, wreaths, nativities and holiday scenes.
CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP: Anthony Granto: Dicohotomy. The title of the show best describes a modern riddle of duality in social media. Taking elements that he has drawn, sculpted or photographed Anthony scans them into his computer and merges them into one cohesive image that is printed. Painting in oil he finishes the process and the paintings are then mounted in vintage frames. AND: Holiday Open House, featuring glass artists in a show called Written in Glass. Dan Cummings, Wayne Jacobson, Linda Kalmar, Christine Kende, Suzanne Larson and Stephen Teucher combine their talents to create a festival of light and color.
ART AT THE MAIN UP: Wrap the Holidays with Art. With gift giving especially in mind, artists are focused on one-of-a-kind pieces that are also affordable. From paintings to ceramic sculptures, and both decorative and functional glass art, shoppers have many choices of media and styles.
HORNE FINE ART UP: Step behind the scenes at dance performances at Dancers Backstage - the latest in Karen Horne's Art of Dance series.|4| Also, savor Artful Celebrations, our tempting array of glorious landscapes, cityscapes, and water scenes by noted Utah artists including Ken Baxter, Phyllis Horne, Barbara Edwards, Glen Edwards, Jamie Wayman.
MESTIZO INSTITUTE OF CULTURE AND ARTS GALLERY UP: Enrique Vera: Landscapes of Northeast Mexico, a solo exhibition by self-taught photographer Enrique Vera. Although born in Lima, Peru, Vera grew up surrounded by the beauty of Mexico’s northeastern landscapes. The strong connection and sense of belonging the artist feels towards the remote and vast places surrounding Mexico’s Nuevo León region has led him to create the images that encompass this exhibition (see our review page 7).|5|
UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL GALLERY UP: Annual Holiday Show, featuring 32 artists working respectively in stoneware, photography, fabric, paper, mixed medium, ceramics and acrylic. The show opens with an artist’s reception and offers fantastic and unique gift ideas, including handcrafted jewelry, glass, books, cards, clothing and handbags made by area artists and artisans.
ALPINE ART UP: 3rd Annual Honoring Utah’s Artists Exhibition, featuring works that evoke contemplation, discovery and joy. This show celebrates the incredible talents of over 50 local artists in an eclectic collection hung salon style.
MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E 300 S; 801-521-0243) UP: Victoria Harris and her figurative oil paintings bring a sense of new beginnings. Sigfredo Mendoza's portrayal of mountains are lush and refreshing. Erin Morris MFA presents her beautifully constructed books. Joseph Taylor rounds out the show with a group of polychromatic paintings.
SLUSSER GALLERY UP: Holiday Exhibition, featuring recent landscape and still life paintings by award-winning artists from Utah, California, France and Russia.
ALDERWOOD FINE ART UP: A Little Something for Everyone Nice: miniatures by gallery artists.
SEGO ART & FRAME UP: Art is a Forever Gift. Featured are beautifully framed, small original paintings; glass and ceramic art pieces; handmade original jewelry made from natural, semi-precious stones; "Living Wreaths" by Natalie Bernhisel-Robinson; and a selection of Native American crafts.
GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP: The Lonseome Lightbox Boys: Works by Ryan Perkins and Max Kelly. UPCOMING: Hidden Realities: Paintings by Isra Pache. AND: The Living Machine: Photogrpahy by P. Kent Fairbanks.
SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Feminine Archetypes Around the World and Through the Ages: Sculptures by Pamela Bird.
CHAPMAN BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead: Works by Veronica Perez, Jose Hugo Mora, and others.
SWEET BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Painting What I Love: Watercolor Paintings by Laleh Ghotbi.
15th STREET GALLERY UP: Holiday show featuring works from all gallery artists.
ATELIER AFA UP: Something for All Seasons, watercolor and pastel giclee reproductions by Stephen Peterson.
CONCEPT UP: Brian Lindley, free hand airbrush painting on 1/8” aluminum sheet.
LOCAL COLORS OF UTAH UP: When Elves go Bad. Bad Elves, Good Art…come discover it with us.
URBAN ARTS GALLERY UP: Gallery Holiday Group Show, featuring the works of over 50 artists.
UTAH ARTIST HANDS UP: Holiday Group Show.
A GALLERY UP: Holiday Group Exhibit.
PHILLIPS GALLERY UP:Winter Group Show, featuring fine art by all of our gallery regulars as well as few new additions. Also see the performance “Home for an Hour,” an experiment in imaginary voyeurism.
RIO GALLERY UP: Statewide Annual, Utah '14: Painting & Sculpture.
DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: Spring City Ladies, a group show featuring new paintings by Lee Udall Bennion, Kathleen Peterson and Sophie Soprano.
EVOLUTIONARY HEALTHCARE UP: Russian Impressionistic artist, Nikolai Terpsikhorov (1890 - 1960). His paintings bear a definite stamp of social themes and revolutionary times, yet ultimately he is a painter of Russia and its exotic, far flung empire.
SOUTHAM GALLERY UP:Snow, Snow & More Snow, a snowy miniature show featuring all paintings celebrating Utah's wonderful snow.
RED KILN CLAY CONNECTION UP: Holiday Season Studio Opening with new work for the gift giving season from all the Red Kiln potters.
NOSTALGIA CAFE UP: Presenting urban style by Dallas Bartholomew and Alex Hall.