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July 2014
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Photo Essay
2014 ColLABorART
Collaboration is key during the Utah Arts Festival

You don't necessarily go into art because you play nice with others: artists are generally solitary creatures, the studio a temple for personal expression. So when we asked seven pairs of artists to come into The Leonardo's Art Lab to create large-scale collaborative projects during the Utah Arts Festival, we knew it would get exciting. We just hoped it wouldn't get bloody.

Most of the artists hadn't worked together before and they had to work out their ideas and methods on the spot, while people watched and the clock of the four-day event ticked away.

Sign-painter Austin Namba and landscape artist Jann Marie met at the recent Dreamathon at the former Granite High School, where their two pieces were created side by side. For ColLABorART they had to work on melding his meticulous sign-painting skills with her heavily textured landscapes — a process that wasn't always easy but whose results are eye-catching.

The other artist pairs had to similarly figure out how to work together to achieve their ends: Brad Slaugh and Sri Whipple covered a 16-foot gessoed piece of paper with a dark ground and began wiping away, creating a menagerie of human, animal and floral forms; Stefanie Dykes and Lewis J. Crawford individually screen-printed pillowcases with faces of famous figures then brought them together to create "Strange Bedfellows;" Kent Christensen and Levi Jackson created a space-age food pyramid full of Tang, Oreos, Coca-cola and freeze dried ice cream; Josh Luther lay in a pile of dirt and played on his phone while collaborator Bret Hanson built up a ramshackle structure around him; Jann Haworth and Daisy Blake riffed on a personal favorite, Alice in Wonderland; and David Habben and Shawn Rossiter reunited from last year's ColLABorART to create a large pastel drawing that mixes the biomorphic and the robotic.

Thousands of people from the Arts Festival stopped in to watch the artists as they worked. They and the larger public will have a chance to see the finished works as they will be exhibited at The Leonardo's Art Lab through the month of July. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, July 18, 6-9 pm.


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Simon BlundellSimon Blundell is a Salt Lake native and has studied art, communication, journalism, design, and advertising. He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and continues to explore photography and art in all its aspects.

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer.

Scotti HillScotti Hill is an art historian based in Salt Lake City Utah. She teaches art history courses at Westminster College, University of Utah and Utah Valley University. In addition to her work in higher education, Scotti has experience in and actively pursues curating and freelance writing.

Sue MartinSue Martin holds an M.A. in Theatre and has worked in public relations. As an artist, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic to capture Utah landscapes or the beauty of everyday objects in still life.

Joseph PuenteJoseph Puente is Founder of The Utah Filmmakers Association. Born in Los Angeles and residing in Salt Lake City, Mr. Puente is a five year U.S. Navy veteran.

Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, was raised on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. A professional artist and writer, he founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

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is published monthly by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City Utah. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 15 Bytes or Artists of Utah. Our editions are published monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Our deadline for submissions is the last Wednesday of the preceding month.

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