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

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.|1|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.|2| 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 page 4).|3|  

RIO GALLERY UP: Collision is a group show in which three artists — Andrew Ballstaedt,|4| Lisa Crosby and Jonathan Frioux — explore principles such as color, movement and scale, resulting in a diverse display of styles and themes in their paintings. Each of these painters has his or her own relationship to the application of paint, from sharp lines to borderless, scumbled strokes, and yet among these various paint attitudes is a common thread: abstraction. UPCOMING: Spaces: Jarvis, Rice and Vincent. Artists Holly Jarvis,|5| Andrew Rice and Marcus Vincent|6| 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.

ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: 30 Years at Finch Lane Galleries: A Retrospective features 30 of the hundreds of artists who have shown in the space, many of whom also have pieces of public art in Salt Lake City. It is a celebration of artistic diversity, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and honors those who have contributed to the city’s artistic fabric.

CUAC UP: Jared Lindsay Clark and Makia Sharp. Clark’s exhibition Seer Screens is comprised of objects that blur the lines between painting and sculpture. Taking pieces of found Styrofoam used to ship monitors and televisions, he fills their negative spaces with colored but transparent silicon resin. The resulting compositions engage with the traditional tension between flatness and depth which has been explored throughout painting’s history as well as that same tension that is inherent to the ubiquitous computer and television screens that mitigate our contemporary life experience. Makia Sharp is a recent BYU graduate with a BFA in Painting. Her exhibition Passing is also an investigation of different modes of seeing and types of transcendence, both material and spiritual. She uses lowbrow materials and images to reference cliché or kitsch examples of the sublime that is loosely based in landscape but truly rooted in minimal formalism. She also uses screens and projections to explore light in the context of the painting tradition as well as how ideas of beauty and transcendence are expressed through the mining of popular imagery (see our review page 4).

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.|7| 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 UPCOMING: 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 |8|.

ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: Creative Differences, Art Access' 30-Year Anniversary exhibit. This exhibit will examine how "creativity" and "difference" have been integral to the history of our organization. This story will be told through 15 portraits by Utah documentary photographer Kent Miles. AND: The Brian and Joe Show, a mixed media exhibit by Brian Kershisnik and Joe Adams. UPCOMING: 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.|9| AND: 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."|10| AND: 3rd Annual Kindred Spirits Exhibit featuring work created by students in our popular children's art workshops.

CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP: Two Points of View paintings by artists Launa Gardner and Dayle Record. UPCOMING: 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.|11|

ART AT THE MAIN UP: Artist Jay Mace paints outdoors in all kinds of weather. His newest collection, Responding to Change, was painted during the seasonal changes in Utah. UPCOMING: Oil painter Betta Inman takes delight in color – bold, subtle, and the juxtaposition of color for focus and balance.|12| 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.

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: The Family of Things includes artists Mary Baum, Tiana Birrell, Ronald Linn, Hannah Mortensen, and Jena Schmidt exhibiting works in painting, photography and video. The Family of Things takes its title and inspiration from the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver. The artists state, "This show marks an effort by us to find those parts of ourselves that are evident within the natural world, and to make sense of our presence there" (see our review in the June 2014 edition). .


GALLERY AT LIBRARY SQUARE UP:Night and Day - Karen Horne Paints The Changing Light of Salt Lake City. This colorful mini-retrospective features highlights from Karen Horne's evolving series exploring the landmarks and gathering places of Salt Lake City (see our profile page 1). It includes scenes of 9th and 9th, the Capitol Theater, Trax, the City County building, as well as a group of paintings capturing the Utah Arts Festival at various times of day. ALDERWOOD FINE ART UP:Presenting Iconic, Ironic, and Ionic, work by various Alderwood artists. From landscapes to cityscapes and the occasional ironic in between.

ALPINE ART UP: Best in Show is a special event for art lovers and their pets! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation, a non-profit organization specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals.

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 UPCOMING: 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: John Erickson and Edward Bateman (see our profile in the June 2014 edition). UPCOMING: Summer group show.

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