Up & Upcoming: Salt Lake Area
Up & Upcoming This Month
MODERN WEST FINE ART UP: Arizona based mixed media artist, Dave Newman. UPCOMING: New work by Paul Davis. The longtime University of Utah professor works from a studio in Torrey where he conjures up an intricate web of figures and narratives out of what begins as non-referential shapes and patterns.|1| Davis was named one of Utah's 15 Most Influential Artists this year by 15 Bytes.
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). UPCOMING: Amy Jorgensen: Far From the Tree explores themes and imagery of the apple as a loaded and sometimes contradictory cultural symbol (see our review page 9).|2| AND: Catherine Yass: Wall oncentrates on the physical wall that separates Palestine from Israel. Winding through both dense communities and unspoiled landscape, the film takes us through distinct experiences, corresponding to the sections of the barrier in Baka, Qalqiliya, Abu Dis and Al-Eizariya. 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.|3|
UMFA UP: Moksha: Photography by Fazal Sheikh weaves together the artist-activist's portraits and the stories of a community of widows in the Hindu pilgrimage site of Vrindavan (see our review page 6).|4| AND: Krishna: Lord of Vrindavan explores the Hindu god Krishna through sacred and secular artworks, dating from the 11th century to the 20th, from the Museum's Asian art collection (see our review page 6). AND: 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.|5| 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.
CUAC UP: BOOM by Rebecca Campbell, a Salt Lake City native, now living in Los Angeles. She is strongly influenced by her youth here and her youth as a Mormon. Her paintings present paradox. Formally, the brushwork is expressive and loose but layered together with a bull’s eye precision and attention to detail. She freely engages with the history of male-dominated abstract expressionism but her subject matter is highly female.|6| UPCOMING: Jenny Morgan: Full Circle AND: Benjamin Cottam: Crayon Drawings.
ALICE GALLERY UP: Bernard C. Meyers, a Utah based contemporary artist and fine art photographer recognized internationally as a master printer, artist, photographer and teacher. Meyers' passion for gardens and greenhouses is visualized in his unique images that combine man-made structure and screens with organic flora, but more importantly explore other realms of consciousness (see our review page 1).
ART BARN/FINCH LANE GALLERY UP: Brandon Cook paints natural elements found in landscapes. He has titled his exhibition Aeonic, a derivative of the word aeonian, meaning to last for an immeasurable or indefinitely long period of time. His compositions share both palette and spirit with nineteenth-century American painters Ralph Albert Blakelock and George Inness. Ranging from the drama of stormy skies to the deep tranquility of nightscapes, all are impeccable in their execution and universal in their appeal (see our review page 2). AND: In Altared Books: Offerings in (Con)text, the pieces created by a selection of artists are presented in the context of the book as part of an offering. Offering being defined as a sacrificial rite, a gift of great value, or a spiritual undertaking. (see our review page 4).|7|
ART ACCESS GALLERIES UP: Differences - A Dialogue, a group exhibit about differences, identity, perspective and power curated by Marcee & Ric Blackerby (see our review page 9). AND: Veterans exhibit in Access II Gallery. UPCOMING: Annual Holiday Show.
SALTGRASS PRINTMAKERS UP: Andrew Rice: No Man Is An Island. Rice uses a recurring figure in a spacesuit to explore issues of interconnectedness, isolation and community.
UTAH CULTURAL CELEBRATION CENTER UPCOMING: Trees of Diversity, a ten-year tradition, showcases not only decorated trees, but also gingerbread houses, wreaths, nativities and holiday scenes.d skyways.
CHARLEY HAFEN GALLERY UP:Symbologist, artist, illustrator, Shae Sveniker in an exhibit titled "Almost Human: CTRL + ALT + DLT". He states that his intention with Almost Human is to create a series of images that emblematize the experience of Transhumanism, exploring the evolution of man as he transects technology and religion. UPCOMING: 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.
ART AT THE MAIN UP: Whimsy and More, Joan Zone's latest works, begin with a colorful and playful underpainting, often using metallic acrylic paints, along with cheesecloth and other collaged materials. Her subjects, whether landscapes or figures, pulse with the colors and textures beneath, giving each painting a vibrant expression of the artist’s emotion.
HORNE FINE ART UP: Step behind the scenes at dance performances at "Dancers Backstage" - the latest in Karen Horne's Art of Dance series.|8| 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. Some capture the winter season perfectly, as in Phyllis Horne's "Through the Woods."
MESTIZO INSTITUTE OF CULTURE AND ARTS GALLERY UPCOMING: 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.|9|
UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL GALLERY UP:Altered Earth features four area artists working in various mediums: Josie Bell (2D mixed media), Barbara Ellard (ceramics), Kendra Hitchcock (painting) and Kirk Marshall (photography). UPCOMING: Annual Holiday Show.
ALPINE ART UP: Faces of Courage is a compilation of photographs and drawings from local artists who were introduced to women from the Weigand Center, a homeless center for adults. Each artist met with the women and will present a portrait in their preferred medium. Their portraits reflect the struggle, the emotion, and the courage associated with homelessness.
MICHAEL BERRY GALLERY (163 E 300 S; 801-521-0243) UP: Visual Art Institute's 2014 Figure Academy Teen Art Show. 40 different students will be showing their figure drawings and oil paintings produced during this summer's Figure Academy. UPCOMING: 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: Escape From Reality: A Group Exhibition Featuring Surrealistic & Abstract Paintings. Also, recent paintings by Anastasia Dukhanina, Randall Lake, Bryan Mark Taylor, and Mark Slusser. UPCOMING: Holiday Exhibition, featuring recent landscape and still life paintings by award-winning artists from Utah, California, France and Russia.
ALDERWOOD FINE ART UP: LeConte Stewart Plein Air Painters of Utah Festival. A large body of LeConte Stewart's work as well as work by 20+ plein air painters. There will be live plein air demos by several participating artists during Gallery Stroll. UPCOMING: Miniatures by gallery artists.
SEGO ART & FRAME UPCOMING: 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.
SPRAGUE BRANCH LIBRARY UP: Contemporary Antiquity: The Art of Bromoil by Elise LaJeunesse. UPCOMING: 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 UPCOMING: Painting What I Love: Watercolor Paintings by Laleh Ghotbi.
15th STREET GALLERY UP: Featuring artists Anne Wolfer, Jill Barton and Blake Luther (see our review page 5). UPCOMING: Wendy Chidester and Thomas J. Howa.
ATELIER AFA UP: Something for All Seasons, watercolor and pastel giclée reproductions by Stephen Peterson. UPCOMING: Inspiration, fine art giclée reproduction by Kendra Burton.
Introducing Greg Gorsuch, bright colorful abstract oils on canvas. Also, new works by Mark Lee, beautiful blown glass chopsticks and delicate rice bowls. UPCOMING: Brian Lindley, free hand airbrush painting on 1/8” aluminum sheet.
LOCAL COLORS OF UTAH UP: A Tale to Tell, featuring the whimsical paintings and collages of Catherine Darling Hostetter and Melody Johnson.
URBAN ARTS GALLERY UP:Hallows Eve, showcasing the darker side of contemporary and urban arts. Featuring works by Chris Madsen, Dave Borba, Adrian Prazen, Jared Knight, Chauncey Secrist, Curtis Hendrickson and Dan Christensen.
UTAH ARTIST HANDS UP: Presenting new work from Ron Russon (see our review in the October 2014 edition) and introducing airbrush artist, Brian Lindley.
A GALLERY UP: Brent Godfrey. In Personae, Godfrey reflects upon who we are as individuals and communities.|12| UPCOMING: Group exhibition, including paintings from new gallery artist Mary Sinner.
PHILLIPS GALLERY UP: Earl Jones (see our profile in the October 2014 edition) and Cordell Taylor. AND: Harry Taylor's woodblock prints in the Dibble Gallery (see our review page 3). UPCOMING: Annual winter group show.
RIO GALLERY UPCOMING: Statewide Annual, Utah '14: Painting & Sculpture.
DAVID ERICSON FINE ART UP: Observations, new paintings by Jeffery R. Pugh. UPCOMING: 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 UPCOMING: Two of Utah's award winning artists, Richard Boyer and A.D. Former Governor's Art Award Recipient, A.D. Shaw and International Artist Magazine's Cover Artist, Richard Boyer
RED CLAY CONNECTION UPCOMING: Deep in the Woods, new work from Amanda Barker, Curt Fuller and David Socwell.
NOSTALGIA CAFE UPCOMING: pen and ink drawings by Eric Fairclough.